Blackmailing His Bride (Court of Paravel #3) by Brianna Hale


Blurb: I bled and struggled in darkness to place King Anson on the throne, and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep him there. I’ve never asked for anything in return. I don’t want recognition. I don’t need thanks.


But the moment I lay eyes on her, I want Sachelle Balzac.


A family calamity has Sachelle neck-deep in trouble that goes all the way to the top. I’m the only one who can keep her secret safe, but my protection comes with a price.


I want everything from Sachelle, and I’m going to get it any way I can. She says it’s blackmail. I say seduction.


Either way, I win.


Review: Blackmailing His Bride by Brianna Hale is the third book in her Court of Paravel series ft. the crazy antics of the royals in a recently upheaved country. The first book—Devrim's Court—was a primarily a Daddy book (though on the lighter end of the spectrum), the second book was a delicious enemies to lovers, lower class/upper class situation that involved a lot of hate-based make out sessions. I waited impatiently for Book 3 because blackmail + obsessed hero + heroine doing her best attempt at being a secret agent and kind of failing at it sounded right up my alley.

And it was.

There is something so alluring about a hero who is madly, madly in love with a heroine who is totally ignorant of his feelings for her until he literally blackmails her into acknowledging them. Not sure why...but I love it. Jakob is only blackmailing Sachelle into dating him because he wants her so, so badly and she won’t give him the time of day. I mean, can you blame him? I loved that such a tough, hard-working, rather cold individual had absolutely no shame in pursuing the heroine and letting his feelings be known.

Sachelle was the kind of heroine you love, but whom you also want to beat over the head with a stick for refusing to go on a date with the handsome, arrogant hero. I mean, come on girl. Put aside those feelings of independence and righteousness and just hop into bed with him. But, of course, what sort of romance novel would we have if everything went swimmingly straight from the beginning? I loved that Sachelle wanted to do the right thing—however misguided—and that Jakob didn’t want to stifle her beliefs, but rather keep her safe in spite of them.

If you want a book rife with conflict, scenes of questionable morality, and hot elevator fingering scenes...well, can I introduce you to Blackmailing His Bride? Because it’s beyond what my expectations were for a book that involved blackmailing someone into loving them.