The Bridge Kingdom by: Danielle L. Jenson

Title:The Bridge Kingdom
Author: Danielle L. Jenson
What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy?
Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.
But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

Review: On paper this is a book that I should love. It has romance, politics, and an awesome world. Unfortunately, this one fell flat for me. Objectively it is a good book. The writing is solid, the world is atmospheric, the romance is good, however it ended up being just an ok read. I struggled to get through this story, like REALLY struggled. I have picked it up and put it down over the course of a month an a half, and it is only 340 pages. I am frustrated because nothing is wrong with this book, it just didn’t knock my socks off like it did for so many others.
I wish I could say what I worked and what didn’t work for me, but I don’t really have anything specific. Nothing stood out as new or original, everything was pretty predictable. This book left me wanting more. I wanted it to be more epic, the stakes to feel higher. I wanted desperately to connect with the characters, but I found it so hard to care.
It kills me to give this book 3 stars. It came so recommended from so many people that I trust. At the end of the day, this book just wasn’t for me.