Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Review: No Man Can Tame by Miranda Honfleur


This story was originally part of a multi-book collection I bought last year but has since been released to purchase on its own.


A human princess. A dark-elf prince. A kiss of fire and powder.

After a failed courtship in an ally kingdom, twenty-one-year-old Princess Alessandra returns home to a land torn apart by mutual hatred between the humans and the dark-elves. The "Beast Princess," as Aless is known by courtiers, confidently sets her mind to ways of making peace, but her father has already decided for her: she is to marry one of the mysterious and monstrous dark-elves to forge a treaty, and go on a Royal Progress across the kingdom to flaunt their harmonious union. While she intends to preserve the peace, the Beast Princess has plans of her own.

Prince Veron has been raised knowing his life is not his own, but to be bargained away by his mother, the queen of Nozva Rozkveta, to strengthen the dark-elf queendom. When his mother tells him he is to marry a self-absorbed, vile human, he is determined to do his duty regardless of his personal feelings. After arriving at the human capital, he finds the "Beast Princess" rebellious and untamed—and not to be trusted.

Aless and Veron face opposition at every turn, with humans and dark-elves alike opposing the union violently, as well as their own feelings of dissonance toward each other. Can two people from cultures that despise one another fall in love? Can a marriage between them bond two opposing worlds together, or will it tear them apart for good?



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Full-Length Novel


Third person - Alternating


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I love fairytale re-tellings and No Man Can Tame is a  beautiful fantasy re-telling of my favourite, Beauty and The Beast.

In this story, you have two races, humans and dark-elves. Tensions are high between both races and war is close. To prevent war, Princess Alessandra - Aless' - father seeks to marry off one of his daughters to a dark-elf prince.
Aless steps up to the marriage to free her sister from the obligation despite her reluctance to so so.

Aless is feisty and opinionated but completely wasted in the male-dominated world in which she lives. I liked her a great deal but her delusion about escaping her marriage got tiresome incredibly quickly especially when Prince Veron was anything but a beast.

Prince Veron feels a deep sense of duty to his people and will do as he was instructed by his mother the queen - for dark-elf society is matriarchal - and marry the human woman despite her being everything a dark-elf woman is not... At least on a superficial level.
He is kind, considerate and thoughtful as well as a strong leader and fighter.
He wants what's best for his people but he also wants Aless to be happy.

Aless and Veron's romance is very slow burn but the way they slowly came together was beautiful and felt natural. Each had to overcome their own prejudices and let go of all their preconceived notions of each other in order to help both their peoples overcome their prejudice and bigotry and avoid war: A war neither nation could afford.

It wasn't hard to see that Aless would find her place amongst Veron's people. She may not be a warrior but she is strong and fierce and Veron's people respect that - even expect it - in their women.
As the story drew to a close, I had that lovely warm fuzzy feeling that no matter how unlikely this pair seemed, they would make it. They would be happy. And that made me happy.

My only complaints about the book are that it is overly descriptive on stuff that doesn't much matter and it was too chaste! It was definitely a low heat - high sweet type of romance... I don't need to be a smutty voyeur to their every sexual encounter (there was one, fyi) but there could have been a few more kisses at least! sheesh.


I love the cover!
It captures the two main characters beautifully while giving a nod to Beauty and The Beast.

16 comments:

  1. OMG that cover. Eeep. I love slow-burn romances and this one sounds amazing on top of the rarity of elves appearing. I'm not a huge fan of overly descriptive stuff, though.

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    1. Lots and lots of description... I just don't care enough to spend half a page enjoying the description of curtains or whatever. *shrugs*
      The story was still fun though. :)
      And the cover is amazing.

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  2. That sounds good even if it didn't have a hot romance or more naughty times.

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    1. It's sad Mary but I just can't handle super clean reads... I feel cheated! I like a little bit of fire even if the naughty times are muted.

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  3. Wow, this sounds like nothing I've read before. I'm with you - I prefer my romance to have a little less sweet and a little more heat. :)

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    1. lol, I read sweet/clean romances like, "yes, yes, very nice but WHERE'S THE GOOD STUFF?!" It's sad but it's true. 😂

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  4. I love how many fairytale retelling interpretations there are around and this one sounds like a good take on the Beauty and the Beast story. Perhaps a shame the romance didn't have a bit more fizz!

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    1. I'm reading another Beauty and the Beast re-telling at the moment and it's so good!

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  5. Hmm -- I don't know if this one would be a good fit for me! I dislike characters that are disillusioned and take too long to adjust to reality. It also sounds like she was a monster towards Veron, and he didn't deserve it. Why was she called the Beast Princess? Did I miss something? Just curious!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. She was called the Beast Princess for being strong willed, argumentative, opinionated and disagreeable to the preferences of her misogynistic society. She wasn't actually beastly, and to Veron she was nice enough but absolutely determined to get free of the marriage (after actually getting married) despite all up-upheaval it would have caused...

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  6. The cover is so pretty. *.* I love slow-burn romances and retellings of Beauty and the Beast are always my favourites - this one sounds quite interesting, so I'm adding to my wishlist.

    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. It's a nice escape but it won't be to everyone's tastes, i dont think.

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  7. I don;t read many fairytale re-tellings but Beauty and The Beast would be one I would pick! Especially with a feisty and opinionated MC :)

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    1. I love Beauty and the Beast and it's not even for the library! 😂

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  8. I have to admit I am really intrigued after reading this review. I haven't heard of this book before but it sounds like something I could really get into. I have added this one to my must read list! I like a retelling with an HEA ending.

    Mary

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    1. It's different but good. Hope you enjoy it Mary!

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