I think I need to lower my expectations. ⭐️⭐️/5
As you may have read in my April Wrap Up, I absolutely adored Kiera Cass’ series The Selection. So, when I found out about The Betrothed, I couldn’t contain my excitement: More royal romance and feelings turned up on high, I had a feeling I was going to love it. But then, the book came out, and I just didn’t.
Let’s just start with what I liked, because I did enjoy some of it. The general plot is pretty cool. Lady Hollis is being courted by the young King Jameson, like he has a lot of other ladies since his coronation. Only, this time, it seems like he means it, and plans on making Hollis his Queen. Hollis herself isn’t really sure this is the life she wants for herself, especially when she starts having more responsibilities around the palace.
I also really liked the politics involved in the story, which was quite refreshing in this type of book where you usually only learn about the country the book is set in. Here we get to see how other countries function and how that impacts the court!
Now for what I didn’t enjoy. Honestly, Hollis, the MC, was just not likable. Her voice fell flat and made the narration … well, i guess the appropriate word would be meh. Especially compared to America or even Eadlyn, both of whom had such overwhelming emotions I could feel my heart racing while reading. Same issue with Jameson: he just seemed like his personality was empty. Maybe this is because when we start the book, he’s already deep in his courting, so we don’t get to see an evolution in his character. Silas was even worse in that way, his part just made no sense. All through the book, I kept expecting the whirlwind romance, and i feel like it never came. Which makes no sense when compared to the high stakes surrounding all the events that took place.
Maybe this disappointment comes from me expecting it to be as good as The Selection, so if you either haven’t read that series or didn’t like it, maybe you’ll like The Betrothed. Sadly, I didn’t.