Lady Iolanthe of Rockmourn Keep expects to be a spinster all her days. She is very tall. She is very poor. And she is thirty. What lord could possibly want her?
But then her father returns with news that he has found a bridegroom for her – one that is impressively tall. One that is strong, and bold, and wealthy. And best of all? He wants Iolanthe. It seems too good to be true.
And when Iolanthe gets her first look at her husband-to-be, she realizes why.
No one mentioned the ‘orc’ part of things…
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My Review – 5 stars
I discovered Ruby Dixon a few years ago, and have since devoured everything she’s written. Since I adore orc romances, I was super excited to see she had an orc book out! The Half-Orc’s Maiden Bride isn’t your typical orc romance though. The hero is trying to walk in two worlds but is determined the humans will accept him. When I came up with the plan to purchase a lady’s hand in marriage, he never counted on actually liking her.
The heroine is tall and considered plain by all except her husband-to-be. As someone who’s barely five feet tall, it wasn’t a predicament I could really connect with, but I still loved her character. Iolanthe’s personality is a mix of sweet and charming, with some brave and cunning mixed in. She’s all kinds of awesome.
There’s a bit of action in this one, but not a lot. It’s mostly the build-up of the relationship between Iolanthe and Agarok. Sometimes a slower-paced book is just what’s needed, and this one left a smile on my face.
*Disclaimer: The review above is only my opinion. The author did not request a review. I purchased/borrowed the book from Amazon.