GoodReads Summary: In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.Expected publication date: 04/11/14
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
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I loved the setting of this book, it was lush and sensual. Not to mention unique, never before have I read a YA book set in the desert with belly dancing, womanly rituals, and tribes. What's more is that the cover quite accurately depicts the tone of the story. Setting aside, the plot was also different in that it was more focused on the main character and her personal growth and romance with Kadesh than it was with the seeming tyranny spreading across the lands. I've come to expect tyrannical governments and rebellions from these type of books, and while I do love them it was a nice change of pace to have it in the back drop of the story rather than the four-front. Although, admittedly, I'm hoping that it will be explored more in the sequel.
The romance between Jayden and Kadesh developed rather quickly, but I wouldn't quite call it insta-love. It was actually sweet, and the number of times Kadesh stumbled upon Jayden belly dancing...lets just say there was heat without any physical contact.
If you're wondering if there's a love triangle in this book, there's not. Although Jayden is betrothed to Horeb she despises him. And for good reason, too. He's the kind of character you'll love to hate! Unfeeling, power hungry, and destructive...
With the way things ended I'm curious to see what goes down in the sequel.