That moment where you hate yourself but you just keep reading, or my review of The Great Pursuit

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The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2)

By: Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

Format: ARC

synopsis

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It’s time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

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review

In another world, another reality, The Great Pursuit would have been spectacular. The romance was wonderful and sweet and satisfying. Each half of the couple was a strong individual, a person who stood on their own and didn’t need to be completed by a relationship, but, rather, was enhanced by it. This was not the main relationship, though.

In a perfect world, this book would have been written about Wyneth. I love Wyneth, she is sweet and an amazing friend and loves so strongly. Her romance is just as sweet and she is so deserving of a happily ever after that it warmed my heart and gave the book a whole extra star. It was that good.

Now, Aerity is great too, I just don’t care that much about her romance. Which is all she thought about, so it pretty much defined everything she did. In the moments she wasn’t preoccupied with Pax, she was awesome and fierce. And don’t even get me started on Pax. He can somehow seduce this wicked woman who doesn’t trust anyone because he’s just that good looking and he kisses her and a little more and ITS ALL OKAY BECAUSE ITS FOR AERITY AND HE WAS THINKING ABOUT HER THE ENTIRE TIME ANYWAY SO ITS NOT REALLY CHEATING, RIGHT? If you haven’t guessed yet, Pax is an idiot.

And then there is Lief, the character that really serves no purpose other than to be a road block between Aerity and Pax’s love. He is a sleaze and a philandering wanker who gets all pouty when Wyneth, who he tried to seduce previously and was rejected, moves on with her much better love interest, Harrison. And everyone has a rather admirable view of his gross ways, Aerity admonishes him for dragging his conquests through the palace and Wyneth pushes him away when he tries to convince her that it is totally appropriate and a really good idea for her to be his mistress while he goes off and marries her best friend and cousin. Because, you know, both of these women have some sense of self respect. However, this was all taken back in the end when, because he excuses himself from the marriage arrangement and is no longer a threat to the happy ending, he is treated as the cute philanderer that can’t keep it in his pants. Because its so cute that he is a duke and chooses to pursue women who are in a lower position than he is and can’t very well say no now that he isn’t a hurdle to overcome for the main couple.

After my review of The Great Hunt, you’re probably saying, Emily, you dumbo, why did you read this book if you knew you weren’t going to like it? Well, anonymous smart aleck, if you hadn’t noticed already, I am a reading masochist and sometimes I just can’t help but read a book I know I’m going to hate.

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Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. An advanced copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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