Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime.
But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she’s been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.
Thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice, Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him, without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.
But at the same time Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots, poison, magic, mystery and… dragons.
When I picked up Wildest Dreams I thought.. hmm.. this is different. I wondered how well Ashley would do in the fantasy world as most of her books are located here on earth.
How dare I question the greatness of Kristen Ashley’s literary genius.
I was in a major reading slump at the time. Starting and stopping numerous books, none of which could hold my attention.
This book got me out of my funk, and BOY WAS IT A DOOZY!
Let’s start with Finnie. I love Finnies attitude. Her adventurous ‘can do’ attitude has landed her in the most magical of places. She’s smack in the middle of a major issue and her counterpart in this world has duped her. Does that stop her from making the most of her situation? NOPE! NOT AT ALL. She’s so awesome. She is positive through it all. She wasn’t here for love, or running from real life. She just wanted to be part of an adventure.
Frey Drakkar is the male version of Daenerys Targaryen. He is a bonafide Kristen Ashley Alpha Male… yum. When he first showed up in the book I thought to myself “who’s this asshole?”, but as you progress through the story, in true KA fashion, you witness his change.
The story follows Drakkar and Finnie as they feel each other out while also seeing Finnie’s view as she experiences Lunwyn for the first time.
I enjoy the interactions with Finnie and Frey Drakkar. She has an infectious personality and watching Drakkar struggle to understand her is pretty funny.
This wouldn’t be a KA classic if there wasn’t some backseat trouble brewing that comes up at the end and, KABOOM, changes the landscape of the story.
And when I mean KABOOM.. I MEAN KABOOM!!!!!
This book has action, drama, romance, comedy, angst, heartache, tragedy… ALL OF IT.
This was a true joy to read.
If you are into fantasy, funny and badass heroines, alpha males, exquisite writing and beautiful world building, this book should be next on your TBR.
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
(Bio pulled from goodreads)
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