The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Why you should read it: Everything you want in a romance, you’ll get right here! It’s exceptionally written with beautiful character and relationship development, super hot yet tender love scenes, and many laughs too!

“It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.”

Dafne and Nakoa are two beautiful people in both mind and body. A casualty of war, Dafne becomes a ward of the crown after her family is slaughtered, leaving her the only living noble from the old kingdom. And while it amused the new king to keep her alive, she willed herself to fade into the woodwork, drawing as little attention to herself as possible. And through the long years, she immerses herself in the art of learning, taking in as much information as possible so as best to help her achieve her goal…unseating the corrupt king and replacing him with a fair ruler. Once she accomplishes her goal, she resigns herself to living the rest of her life as an old maid, never having a chance at adventure or knowing the touch of a man who loves her. Until a chance mission throws her in the fiery path of King Nakoa KauPo, a barbarian king who instantly connects with Dafne on a deeper level, leaving her trembling under his intense gaze and gentle touches.

“You waited for me as I waited for you.”

WOW! *Wipe sweat from my forehead* I’m surprised I didn’t self-combust from the sexual tension between Dafne and Nakoa. The story starts in a high fantasy style with lots of talk of kingdoms, adventures, magic, and most importantly, politics, which ultimately leads Dafne to Nakoa’s kingdom. From the moment Dafne sees Nakoa, she is terrified of the consequences, of the way he makes her feel and of giving up her loyalty to her beloved queen because how can she possibly be with a foreign king and still be faithful to her queen? And so she holds Nakoa off, trying to distance herself from him every time he gets close.

“It takes courage to let another person in.”

I truly enjoyed this book. It was very FUN and had so much romance that my heart endured nonstop palpitations. And that Nakoa…oh my! He was so sweet, understanding, and absolutely adored Dafne. He never once rushed Dafne to give what she wasn’t ready to give, only gently coaxing her with his love and patience. The island setting and the volcanoes very much brought to mind Hawaii, with lush foliage, trade winds, and hot lava fields.

Alongside Dafne and Nakoa, there was an awesome list of supporting characters, each with their own distinct personalities, and who brought lots of laughter, sass, and even more sexual frustration.

“Well, you won’t be having any soon, because General Killjoy has forbidden all of his men, including our Vervaldr, from having sex with any of us for the duration of the journey. So if either of you want to experiment?”

Overall, this book was a mix of fantasy and historical romance that totally worked and left me wanting more. I was happily immersed in the world and fully committed to seeing Dafne and Nakoa’s relationship develop into a HEA even if I had to read an entire series to see it 😀

Rating: 4.5 Stars

ARC kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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