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5 Woman of day Prince of night Stars Some SpoilersYou find me ugly, don t you Brishen had faced abominations on the battlefield without flinching, leapt into the thick of the fighting against creatures born from the nightmares of lesser demons Not once had he been tempted to run away in fear Now, his leg muscles rippled with the urge to flee He clenched his teeth instead, prayed he wouldn t start a war with their newest ally and answered honestly Hideous, he said A hag of a woman Ildiko and Brishen Wow this book.my feels.OMG So a couple years back Radiance reviews were blowing up my news feed, so of course I check out the synopsis and put this book in my maybe list See I am a hardcore romance reader and when I got the deets on this book I thought it would be Fantasy and very little romance But as time went on this book still kept popping into my mind so I decided to go to Youtube and try to find a review of Radiance on there There I found one of my favorite booktubers, Fangirl Musings, did a review on it and I was totally sold I went straight to and bought me a copy Here is the link if you would like to watch it You don t think me a handsome man She shrugged I ve only seen your hands and eyes For all I know, you re hiding the face of a sun spirit in that hood Brishen scoffed at the idea Hardly He d never lacked female company, and his people thought him well favored Certainly nothing as wretched as a sun spirit He slid the hood back to his shoulders The woman s eyes rounded She inhaled a harsh breath and clasped one hand to her chest Her mollusk skin went a far attractive shade of ash She remained silent and stared at him until he raised a hand in question Well She exhaled slowly The space between her eyebrows stitched into a single vertical frown line Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father s mace Brishen and Ildiko So 13 hours later here I sit wanting to kick my own ass for having waited so long to pick this book up It was a sweet, totally different and emotional read that has me running straight back to to get book 2Will you be that for me, Ildiko, he said That beacon in the void BrishenIldiko was the human niece of the Gauri King Brishen was the 2nd born prince of the Kai kingdom and he was not human They were to be married to form an alliance between the Kai and Gauri The thing I was most drawn to in this story was the fact that both the hero and heroine think each other ugly Like scary ugly lol Brishen was so sexy I don t care that he had grey skin, solid white eyes with no other color in them, and blades for teeth and nails he was damn sexy He was so protective and respectful of his wife Ildiko He may not have thought she was pretty but he was honest with her and was faithful to her He supported her and treated her well from the very start I loved how his admiration for her grows to such a strong love Ildiko was amazing She was married to a scary looking non human and shipped off to live with his people and she shined She was all alone, the only human in Kai, with an evil Queen mother n law that treated her like crap and tried to kill her She was mocked, and ostracized, but she never let anyone get the best of her She stood up for herself to the queen, stood proud among all the stares, and was brave when it was called for She was also supportive and caring to her husband She did her best to be a good wife to BrishenYou are also a princess of the blood through marriage, a member of the royal family My wife Every Kai in that room owes you their allegiance and respect I will cut out any tongue that would try and besmirch you, Ildiko He pressed his lips to her palm The tiniest crack appeared in her serene composure Her mouth twitched with the hint of a smile Or bury an axe blade in their heads His guilt over his inability to rescue her from his own family eased a little at her humor I m adept with spear and sword as well Just name who you want me to skewer for you Brishen and IldikoIldiko and Brishen had a slow burn love They started with friendship and respect and fell madly in love with each other I thought the sex in this book was passionate and sweet and I was glad they waited until they fell in love before having a sexual relationship Brishen and Ildiko had such a great and strong relationship it was palpable Something that made me laugh was Brishen thought Ildiko s eyes looked like parasites rolling around in her skull so she would cross her eyes just to freak him out The secondary characters in this book were great too I really liked Brishen s cousin Anhuset and I also really liked Brishen and Ildiko s neighbor and friend Serovek I think there is a love connection there and I can t wait to see if I m right I want to say that I truly hated Brishen s mom She was a nasty bitch and I laughed at the end when she got hers I held off on reading Radiance because I thought it would be heavy Fantasy and low romance I was wrong This book is a light Fantasy and it s main focus is this sweet couple falling in love I m on to book 2It ll be hard not to tease your folk sometimes Brishen couldn t imagine how she might go about such a thing He had no idea if the Kai and the Gauri even knew the same jokes or found the same things funny What do you mean He almost leapt out of his skin when Ildiko stared at him as both of her eyes drifted slowly down and over until they seemed to meet together, separated only by the elegant bridge of her nose Lover of thorns and holy gods he yelped and clapped one hand across her eyes to shut out the sight Stop that, he ordered Ildiko laughed and pushed his hand away She laughed even harder when she caught sight of his expression Wait, she gasped on a giggle I can do better Want to see me make one eye cross and have the other stay still Brishen reared back No He grimaced Nightmarish I ll thank you to keep that particular talent to yourself, wife Ildiko and Brishen Dear book, please marry me Much like the characters in this story, I don t even mind that you have a super ugly cover I love you anyway.Love, Jilly.This book is the best thing ever It s like Beauty and the Beast if they were both beasts Beast and the Beast Oh man We need that movie Someone call Disney The story begins with our couple on their wedding day They are two different species and are being married off to set an alliance in place between their kingdoms He is grey not sure how many shades let s say 49 or so , has giant razor sharp teeth and claws, and alien eyes that are all one color Here is what she says about his appearanceHad you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father s maceShe looks like a normal girl to us Red hair, white skin Basic But, to him, SHE is hideous Her teeth remind him of horse s teeth Her eyes, having whites and pupils, freak him the hell out He sees her eyes and sees this But, they are both good natured, and funny, so they immediately like each other s personality They decide to be friends and you will love them as friends They are adorable They tease each other She drew a circle on his chin with her fingertip Your skin color reminds me of a dead eel I once saw on the beach Wolf, she said softly Horse, he replied just as quietly. There is danger all around them Not everyone is happy about this alliance between their kingdoms Also, his mother is kind of a bitch and may or may not try to kill her new daughter in law just for the hell of it.Heryour mother isHimA soulless creature with a thirst for murderAt first, I thought, Hey, who s mother in law isn t a soulless creature with a thirst for murder But, this lady made the rest of the other mother in law s have to hang their heads in shame They need to up their game if they want to live up to the precedent she is setting.As the book goes on, these two ugly creatures fall in love, and it s a romantic tale of finding the inner beauty of your one true love.I guess you can say that this hideously ugly book cover is just like the story Horrible, even to the point of embarrassing looking on the outside, but amazing and beautiful within.Yada yada yada inner beautyEven true. 4,5 AMAZING SLOW BURN FANTASY ROMANCE stars Once again, I came upon this book completely by chance, read the synopsis, and that was it I read it and to my surprise, I ended up loving this book so much that it s actually hard for me to find something I didn t like about it What s this book about This is a Romance set in a Fantasy world Ildiko and Brishen are forced into a marriage to strengthen alliances between their two kingdoms The thing is, both of them are from two different races one is human, and the other is Kai grey skin, fangs instead of teeth, black claws instead of nails and yellow eyes with no pupils So obviously, from first sight, they are both repulsed by the other s appearance But despite that, they re still going to find a connection of minds and spirits To me, this book was how you do a great slow burn and realistic fantasy romance when the two main protagonists are forced into marriage What was refreshing and so good about it was that it didn t follow the usual trope about forced marriage What I mean is that even though both MC were repulsed by the other s appearance, they actually didn t start off hating each other From their first meeting, and because of their open mindedness, they quickly connected thanks to a shared sense of humor and smart mind What I loved then is that the first months through their marriage, they re very good and platonic friends who like to make fun of both their races and families and respect the other one very much But slowly, through getting to know the other one better with time, they re going to form a deeper connection leading finally to desire slowly blooming between them They re going to see past their differences and find the other to be actually quite attractive in their own way And from that moment, passion between them explodes and sparks fly I was worried during the first half of the book because the romance was quite slow and I was afraid they would lack passion and powerful emotions, the ones that create the butterflies in the belly, but I didn t need to worry because everything came in full force at some point and I found myself so involved in their beautiful, sweet yet passionate and hot relationship I felt so invested in their couple, I could feel their adoration for each other, how they respect the other one, how they faced things together Another thing I loved was this book was free of unnecessary drama, meaning jealousy, distrust, misunderstandings etc There s was none of that, and it was so refreshing As for the characters Well, once again, I was pleasantly surprised to find I never got annoyed either by Ildiko nor by Brishen Ildiko was such a lovable female character She was sweet, funny, brave and open minded I loved how hard she tried to adapt to her new world and people, how she would easily make fun of how different she was from the Kai She was really easy going and witty, but most of ALL, she never made stupid or reckless decisions, and THAT was refreshing and so enjoyable There s really nothing I didn t like about her I loved how much she adored Brishen despite their differences, how she became his partner and lover, how she was always there through the bad things Brishen was such a swoony and lovable male character What I liked the most is how he was not your typical alpha male, being overly possessive and jealous or manhandling his girl all the time Brishen was none of that he was sweet, very respectful of Ildiko, he would always have sweet gestures towards her He became dedicated and addicted to Ildiko, he loved her spirit and humor with passion But he also could be cocky and get you hot with his dirty words as well as with his words of adoration The plot in itself was mainly focused on the romance, but I found the fantasy elements to still be quite unique and very intriguing, full with magic and politics But with the epilogue, you could feel the fantasy aspect of the story is going to be important in the sequel, which I can t wait Also, I hope we re going to get of Anhuset Severek in the sequel because I can feel they could be just as amazing as a couple Overall, if you re looking for an amazing fantasy romance which is able to separate itself from the usual trope, if you want sweetness, as well as passion and hotness, but also an intriguing fantasy world, look no further, this book is for you I read this book on the way to and then back from a business trip on the plane and it was exactly right for my reader mood Great writing.Great story.Great world building.Great characters.If you re looking for a fun romantic fantasy, with NO INSTALOVE, and smart characters, then this is the book for you.READ IT You won t regret it. Ugh, I enjoyed the heck out of this book It doesn t have the most compelling plot, but it was addictive and the two main characters, Ildiko and Brishen, were mesmerising The main aspect I loved about this book is how the author pretty much shunned the whole idea of outer beauty having any sort of relevance over inner beauty These two characters are married off to each other for the simple reason of forming an alliance and security between their two lands They re not attracted to each other, but find a common ground in order to push past that ordeal They have mutual respect and admiration for their individuality Another thing was the fact that the characters were of different backgrounds and cultures, which should have caused a rift Yet they manage to overcome and see past what s socially acceptable within their culture and adapted to their situation as best as they could, accepting each other for who they are It did take me almost 50% till I started connecting with the overall story and still I wished the plot and world were developed As well as the characters I wanted layers to it all, but was given only a brief glance into it I m hoping this is explored in the sequel. MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List THERE JUST MAY BE SOME SPOILERS AHEAD SO BRACE YOURSELF So Ildiko and Brishen are set up to be married so they can do all of that political crap from the ages that supposedly seals a deal with kingdoms But Ildiko is a beautiful human and Brishen is a handsome Kai and both races think the other is ugly as sin That would suck monkey butt The Kai are scary to look at because they have nacreous eyes, which are without a pupil or iris They just glow at you You know, you could really freak people out good at Halloween in the dark with those eyes I would be jumping out at people left and right anyway they also have sharp teeth and when they smile at you it looks like your about to be devoured by something from hell And long nails and grey skin But Ildiko and Brishen meet right before their marriage in the garden and they didn t even know it until Ildiko gets ready to go inside and Brishen hears her name being called Brishen enjoyed their conversation so much that he wants to talk to Ildiko before the wedding so she knows it s him They share a moment in the garden and they didn t feel so horrified around each other and they were honest yep I know it s a foreign word, but they were honest and told the truth about how they feel being around each others kind They told each other how hideous they thought the other was and did that throughout the book until a turning point A hard pounding on the door warned them their private meeting was over Brishen presented his arm to Ildiko Ready to get shackled, madam She rested her hand in the crook of his elbow Try not to smile too widely, Your Highness You ll scare the children in the crowd Their eating habits are different too and I just loved these parts Brishen, there will be a riot if you spit it out He clamped his lips tightly closed and swallowed There wasn t enough wine or ale in the world to kill the revolting smear coating his tongue, but he drained his goblet and Ildiko s before signaling a servant for The Kai continued to watch him, and he glared at every one of them until they picked up their own utensils and braved their potatoes.The cheese plate almost did him in, and he had to ask Ildiko twice if the ones speckled a greenish blue weren t actually bits and pieces of fermented corpses Her explanation of how the cheese was made had him wishing they d served fermented corpse instead None of the King or Queens of each family are happy but it s the way it is, I must say Brishen s mom is a bitch beyond all bitches I will let you read the book about her On the way back to their home they get attacked by some of these other peeps because they didn t like the two making the union No, I don t remember their names, it start with a B, bastards in my opinion Either way, some of the Kai were killed and a whole bunch of bastards They did a little ceremony with the Kai warriors that I thought was really cool Read the book Oh and Brishen is pretty good with an axe Along, the way they had to spend the night and Ildiko and Brishen got to learn even about each other by talking I really liked how they got to know each other slowing before the um..other stuff And their banter together is the best See below She drew a circle on his chin with her fingertip Your skin color reminds me of a dead eel I once saw on the beach Brishen arched an eyebrow Flattering, I m sure I thought yours looked like a mollusk we boil to make amaranthine dye Ildiko loved Brishen s home and the Kai were getting to know her and kind to her Amhuset is Brishen s cousin, his lieutenant and second in command She s a bad ass warrior Ildiko had to get used to their schedules and sleep mostly during the day as it hurt the Kai s eyes and stay up all night Party at the castle well they did have one when they invited some humans they liked across the way in another castle Unfortunately, Brishen and Ildiko have to be looking over their backs all of the time as these two people who were once never really thought about, are now targets to evil ones that want them killed But on the good side they finally found that after so long getting to know each other they weren t so hideous, they had feelings feelings and thenThey realized they loved each other and the sex was awesome Lord have mercy Well they couldn t kiss proper or he would have sliced her face into little pieces but they figured some stuff out Then one day they are out and about coming back from town and all hell breaks loose and they get attacked again, only this time the Bastards are using arrows that have some kind of poison that paralyzes you Some bad things happen, their human friend comes to their aide and when they find Brishen, this is Ildiko s command Ildiko stared at Brishen, at the shallow rise and fall of his chest as he breathed gurgling breaths He stank of blood and agony The wind lifted a strand of his hair, and she caught it between two fingers It stuck to her skin, matted with gore Sheh didn t care who hired animals to unleash their savagery Kill them, she said in a flat voice Kill them all Then if Brishen s damn mother didn t come and visit him after he was better, not all the way as he was mutilated I m not saying how or what or what she did but OMG I want them to end her I got so freaking mad I really loved this book and I am looking forward to the next one I hope it comes out soon Once upon a time a Mollusk and an Eel fell in love. Okay so it isn t quite that Ildiko and Brishen are two people who are insignificant to their families They both have always known that they would be used by their families in order to form alliances They just didn t realize that they would be forced to marry outside their race to do it Ildiko thinks that Brishen looks a little like and Eel and he believes her to look a bit like a Mollusk Still it could be worseYou don t have to answer of course, but do you think the Kai prince will hate his wife I think the prince expected to marry a Kai noblewoman and father children one day He never imagined an arranged marriage with a human woman to seal a war and trade alliance between Bast Haradis and Gaur He might resent the circumstances thrust upon him, but I doubt he ll bear any ill will toward his future wife She s as much a pawn in this as he is Brishen frowned Unless the bride is a foul tempered harpyThat statement is one reason I LOVED this book This isn t the marriage Brishen really wanted but instead of being a jerk to his new bride he accepts that they are in this together for better or worse and it would be advantageous to make a friend of his new wife They start out with a unique friendship and that simmers and grows until each sees the beauty of the other in a different way I love stories like this.If that wasn t enough there is also the danger of Brishen s own mother, warring kingdoms and magic I m not sure what scared me the raiders or Brishen s mother She is a fantastic evil creature and a bit creepy tooYour mother is A soulless creature with a thirst for murder and an intellect greater than any other in the kingdom Brishen poured wine for himself in another goblet It makes her a ruler unmatched in both malice and strategy My father would have been overthrown decades ago without her by his sideShivers she is disturbing.Ildiko was a fantastic female character She is forced to marry someone she finds visually repugnant and leave her home and her race to go live in a new land But she doesn t wallow or complain she takes it all in stride and make the best out of the circumstances given to her She becomes an ally to Brishen and tries to be the best wife possible to him.A few of my favorite moments Meeting the Queen for the first time and trading barbs The moving pie yuck or the potato incident The meet cute in the garden Actually getting down to the nitty gritty wink wink bow chicka wow wow And the complete Awe moment view spoilerWe were unimportant, you and I We weren t supposed to mean anything to anyone A slow, deep sigh escaped his lips, and his right eyelid opened, revealing a glowing, lamplight gaze Brishen s voice was hoarse from disuse but still clear Woman of day, he said slowly You mean everything to me No amount of blinking this time held back Ildiko s tears They streamed down her cheeks to drip off her chin and onto Brishen s shoulder Prince of night, she said in a watery voice that echoed another moment when she d greeted him with the same words You ve come back to mehide spoiler Well let me just get comfortable over here in my island population three who doesn t think this book is AHAMZING Come, come, grab a moss covered rock to sit on and try not to worry about how dark and lonely it is while I tell you my thoughts But first, how in the hell do you pronounce her name I never settled on one way and it was pretty annoying The premise of the book is nothing new royalty of different nations must wed to bring an alliance to each of their nations and eventually they fall in love Even with the differences in cultures because, well, one is human and the other is not which I thought would be way cooler than it was this story isn t new, exciting, or different The girl was too perfect beautiful but humble, selfless, loyal, funny, empathetic, trusting, and generally just good The guy was too perfect handsome, kind, honest, tender, funny, loyal, understanding, and selfless The evil mother in law that the girl is of course brave enough to not be cowed by The instant connection between the main characters The humor that only served to play into the perfectness that is our couple I ll stop now but you get the point.They re both spare heirs and refreshingly see how perfect they are they aren t embittered by their roles and how they must marry outside of their choices Now, in fairness, I really did like that about them both It really was refreshing if not for everything else illustrating how bubble gum happy things were So, one of the biggest selling points I saw over and over in other reviews was how refreshingly honest their humor was since neither race found the other to be attractive They show this by insulting each other with brutal honesty right in the very beginning and then peppering the story with this cute little aspect of their relationship Well, I found it boring I wasn t drawn in and in love with either character I kept waiting And waiting And well you understand For someone who found his new bride hideous he was profoundly affectionate from the start Touching her all the time and lamenting about her amazing character and resiliency But seriously, I mean touching all the time He would play with her hair, he would touch her face, he would talk about wanting to be with his wife from the get go , and how he derived comfort from her sleeping with him platonically It wasn t quite insta love but it was absolutely insta connection Also, how extraordinarily convenient that human and kai anatomy be the same, amiright Which reminds me view spoiler I did indeed like that the girl wasn t a virgin It was even perfectly fine with me that she hadn t had great sex in her past, though totally predictable, but their sexy times with him guiding her and talking about what she liked was done well I thought hide spoiler (Download Kindle) ß Radiance ⚹ THE PRINCE OF NO VALUEBrishen 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 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 Buddy read with Gavin Before the Epilogue I was thinking this deserves 4 stars if only because of the amazing main characters and their relationship After the Epilogue I m not so sure any Leaving it on 4 stars for now Full review to come.February 27, 2015A fantasy romance Count me in And some reviews say the cover is ugly but I love it It was actually the cover that got me interested I was just grabbing some eBook freebies from and spotted this by chance God moves books in a mysterious way