King of Battle and Blood (Adrian X Isolde Book 1) by Scarlett St. Clair

Emoji Review by Rebeca Dixon

I just finished β€˜King of Battle and Blood’ by Scarlett St. Clair and oh boy πŸ™ŒπŸ»β€¦ I’ll take some Adrian πŸ”₯ with a side of some more Adrian πŸ”₯, pretty pretty please! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜†

So this book is a GREAT 🀩 Romance Fantasy πŸ‘πŸ»! It’s actually a pretty good combo of Romance Fantasy (castles, horses, dresses, oh my!) with plenty of PRN STEAM πŸ₯΅β€¦ and I am here for it πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ, folks! This is actually a really GREAT Enemies-to-Lovers trope with a MMC that just melts your heart ❀️ ! SWOON 😍!

OK so first off! The story πŸ‘πŸ»! This book takes places in a world similar to ours (but NOT really πŸ˜†!) and you can totally tell it’s what I refer to as a β€œchamber pot 🚽” fantasy… where horses, gowns, swords, princesses, and KINGS 🀴 rule the day! It starts off with an evil 😈 VAMPIRE πŸ§› KING (or is he?! 😁) about to conquer our girl’s (FMC’s) kingdom. But WAIT βœ‹πŸ». Maybe our Vamp King is interested in a little bit more than conquering just a kingdom (*cough *cough FMC *cough *cough!) πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† So then our righteous girl has a tough decision… sacrifice herself (and her body 😱πŸ”₯) to this VAMP KING who is an ENEMY to her kingdom… or die fighting 🀺 ?!

I just have to say right off the bat I LOVED πŸ’œ THIS FMC!! She is BRUTAL with her SHARP words πŸ‘πŸ»! And it is super refreshing she isn’t the typical fair maiden, damsel in distress type! She is like β€œyou have a problem with my decision, yo?!” (takes out blade, cuts throat πŸ˜…!) And let me tell you… praise the book gods that she has no qualms with getting jiggy-with-it and actually likes her appearance πŸ™ŒπŸ». It’s such a nice change to the typical PRN FMC πŸ‘πŸ»! She is also super logical 🧠 and well, actually THINKS πŸ’‘ things through! She has a super great balance between being understandably stubborn and begrudgingly open-minded. Which I just love in a FMC πŸ™ŒπŸ»!

But the MMC πŸ”₯! Mannnnnn this guy πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ. I actually knew early on that I loved him πŸ₯³! But I think it was like his 20th (totally guessing here y’all πŸ˜†,) swoon-worthy line about halfway through the book… that I had to put the book down and write a post that I was like, IN LOVE with this guy πŸ˜†!!! He’s just such a POWERFUL, BRUTAL MMC VAMPIRE KING that puts our girl first EVERY time and it’s actually super endearing 😍πŸ₯°πŸ˜. Also, he’s super unusual these days with an enemies-to-lovers trope! Most enemies tend to be Grade A as$hats (which I also love πŸ˜‚)… but not this guy! He’s like β€œyou got a problem with my girl?” (hacks off head πŸ˜…) and then to our girl… thumbs her cheek gently, β€œAre you ok?” … Like πŸ˜…β€¦ I just LOVE this guy πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ». And the STEAM πŸ”₯! Definitely a PRN with this book folks! πŸ”₯πŸ†πŸŒΆ

But the plot! Ok this is actually a pretty GREAT story! Luckily, it’s not too difficult of writing (doesn’t get too bogged down in the details and descriptive flourishes that a lot of Romance Fantasies tend to have!) So it’s pretty easy to follow & just page-turn πŸ™ŒπŸ»! It’s also written in the first person (again, absolutely love πŸ’œ that!) And it actually has a pretty cool story that I DID see coming about 1/3 into the story… BUT!!! I totally suspect the author was leading us that way purposefully because then it was totally cool 😎 to experience the FMC figuring it all out along the way! There were also scenes that got me a bit angry 😑 … but thankfully, they were squashed pretty quickly by our kickbutt 🀺 FMC!

So if you love a Romance Fantasy with some STEAM πŸ”₯, a FMC that has no issues being brutal & ruling as a princess πŸ‘Έ , a MMC that is bada$s but always puts his girl first πŸ₯‡, an enemies-to-lovers trope, and a pretty cool story that has hints to what’s really going on and comes full circle at the end… then give this a shot! You never know, it may be the book that just conquers your ❀️!