Thursday, July 17, 2014

Divine Scales by Jennifer Blackstream

Divine Scales (Blood Prince, #4)
Release date: June 30, 2014
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing
Genre: Fantasy Romance/Retelling
Series: Blood Prince #4

Marcela is a mermaid who takes her duties as a daughter of Triton seriously. Like all of her siblings, she takes her turn with every duty rotation - including saving the lives of sailors when a ship comes under distress. Never has she been distracted from her responsibilities, never has she stopped to dream a little dream for herself. When Prince Patricio, the angelic Prince of Meropis, is sent careening into the stormy sea, Marcela’s world is turned upside-down - literally.

Patricio is an angel beset by a curse. Charged with a god-given duty to bring sinners to justice, his magic-imbued sword sends his victims to the next life with clean souls - and leaves the sinner’s family struck with a glamour that leaves them falling over themselves to thank their loved ones’ executioner. When his interest in piqued by a mermaid that saves his life, he is disgusted to find her affection for him intense, sudden, and blind - a result of his curse, not true attraction. He’s determined to have nothing more to do with her. Until he finds himself saving the mermaid...from drowning.

With glamour following him around like a cloud, it’s difficult for an angel to be sure what’s real. A mermaid with legs and no voice. A hamadryad with a prophecy. A witch with a chip on her shoulder. The world is full of magic and mayhem and for an angel and a mermaid, it will take more than a kiss to balance... the Divine Scales.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A lovely addition to the fantastic Blood Prince series, Divine Scales was a wonderful romance. I really liked this book. With its intriguing take on The Little Mermaid, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Marcela was a lovely heroine.Without the curse affecting her judgment, she was strong-willed and a force to be reckoned with. I thought she was a very likable character.

Patricio was a complicated character. At first, he had a tendency to be self-righteous and, though he might be justified in ridding the world of its most evil presences, he had a less understandable condescension of the grieving families' feelings. Hence, the curse. However, he got some much-needed kicks that forced him to rethink himself and he became a better man for it. At his heart, he was an honorable man who could be very kind and sweet when he wanted to be. I thought he was a great character.

The romance was wonderful. Marcela was the perfect match for Patricio, capable of shaking some sense into him when it was necessary. And, for all his hesitance, when Patricio fell, he became utterly devoted to Marcela. And, they definitely had some chemistry between them. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a few surprises along the way, not the least of which was Patricio's ancestry. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. The next book is, I think, the last book in the series and I can't wait to read it!

Divine Scales was a wonderful fantasy romance. I really liked this lovely book. Romance lovers, this book, and the entire series, is definitely one you'll want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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