Radiance by Grace Draven Review

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all having a pleasant weekend. I have my morning mapped out, but I’m hoping to squeeze in some rest and reading this evening.

Today I have another review for y’all. I have read a couple books by this author over the last few months, and I’ve LOVED them. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Grace Draven!


The Prince of no value
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

The noblewoman of no importance
Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.


Idilko, the Guari king’s niece, is set to join Brishen, son of the Kai king in an arranged marriage to form an alliance between the two. Idilko is human and Brishen is not. They’ve never even met.

They stumble across each other in the garden just prior to the wedding and strike up a friendly conversation without sharing who they are. They laugh about not finding each other attractive due to their differences. They leave feeling hopeful they’ll marry someone like the one they just met.
They’re both very pleased to learn they’re set to marry each other. They know at least that they can get along well. He asks her what she wishes as to the consummation of their marriage, and they agree to wait.
A slow-building friends-to-lovers scenario then gradually forms. Watching their care turn to love is super sweet. And so much builds between the two of them that when they finally kiss it’s as hot as if they’d ripped each other’s clothes off.
In the end Idilko and Brishen get a wrap up, but there’s a plot cliffhanger to keep you intrigued for the next book.
I was completely sold on Idilko and Brishen, but it felt like there was a bit of something missing to the main plot, so that’s the only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars. I definitely want to continue the story.
4.5 Stars


What new to you authors have you been loving recently??

Happy Reading,


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