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Book Review: Road to Fire by Maria Luis

From the publisher:

“I’m not scared of you.”

I meet her gaze. “You should be.”

Bound by a secret oath spanning generations, I am loyal to no one but the queen.


Defender of the Crown.

To all of England, I’m Saxon Priest. Traitor. Murderer. Owner of London’s most infamous anti-loyalist pub.

And then she appears.

Isla Quinn may claim that she’s only looking to buss tables, but I’m no fool. Bitterness bleeds from her hard-blue eyes, and her hatred for the queen is so palpable, I can practically taste it off every sharp-tongued word slipping from her full mouth.

“Hire me,” she begs.

We’re on opposite sides of this war. Enemies from the start.

Isla thought she found an ally, but she’s found me instead.



A man with no heart, no matter how the dead space inside my chest lurches whenever she’s near.

And so I lean over, dragging her deep into this twisted game of crowns and thrones, and offer a single vow: “I could use you.”

It’s dark, it’s gritty, and there’s a pretty good chance it’s the royal romance you never even realized that you wanted. Your new anti-hero obsession is almost here—do you think you can handle Saxon Priest?

Disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review and opinions.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 🌟🌟 out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟 🌟

Holy shit. This was my reaction when I finished reading this book. It’s funny how the Universe listens when you least expect it. Not even two weeks ago, I was saying how I wanted to read more about “the women that carry their own sword to battle, those that won’t stay quiet or sit pretty, the rebels and rogues at heart, not afraid to lose it all”. The Universe went: “Here you go” and put Road to Fire in my hands.

This book is dark and it makes no apologies. The story is meaty, the characters are well-balanced. The level of steam might set your panties of fire, I mean *chef’s kiss*. There will be readers saying that this is the book they didn’t know they needed. Meanwhile, I will be over here jumping up and down celebrating the book I absolutely wanted. I devour books and I seldom re-read and I know I will re-read this book.

There might be a reason why a book stays with you. It might be because the book has elements that are present in your life. It might be because the author is really talented. Road to Fire will stay with me not only because of all of the above, but because it’s exactly what I wanted when I wanted it. I wanted flawed, raw, and fearless. And I got it in spades. I couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t want it to be over. I simply couldn’t get enough. Saxon and Isla are perfection!

My first ever six-star read belongs to Maria Luis!

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