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Helpful Score: 2
4 stars. Ariane and Simon contract a political marriage that she is terrified of consummating because of a past rape. While the love story in this novel is almost overwhelming, there is a great fantasy plot in the background that keeps things moving. The excellent characterization and writing are what make the book in my opinion. Ariane is a surprisingly strong heroine, and Simon is easy to fall in love with. The only negative for this book was the final 2 scenes, which I thought fell a little flat.