Betrothed

  • by Therese Woodson
  • Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different - except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.
Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn't thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through - if he can't win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck's crown, they'll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don't always have to be mutually exclusive.

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Good, But Left me with Questions.

Would you try another book from Therese Woodson and/or Matthew Lloyd Davies?

Yes on the Therese Woodson and maybe on Matthew Lloyd Davies. In order for me to listen to a book with Davies as the narrator, it would have to have no sex and be a book with straight people as their main characters. Mr. Davies has an amazing English accent and his American one was decent. I just had an issue when the two main young men were being intimate and his...portrayal of what they said.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I'd say that the most interesting aspect was the world of the faeries, because they're not your normal, every day fairy. The least interesting aspect would be how much time it spent in the human world explaining human things. I was way more interested in faery customs, but the whole book takes place in the human realm. It needed to for this particular story, but I think that it could've had another character possibly and explained what it was like to live in the other world for more than maybe .01% of the book. Or, it could've gone back further with Puck and Sky to when they were younger and talked about how they've been told since birth they were going to be betrothed to a faery from another kingdom. Then, it would've given the author the chance to describe some faery customs in detail.


What three words best describe Matthew Lloyd Davies’s voice?

British. Proper. Range.


Could you see Betrothed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, but unfortunately, the world is not ready for this one to be a big budget film or tv series. The world has come a long way for gay people, but it's just not ready for this. As far as stars, I'd have to say I'd love to see Jonny Weston play Puck, Emma Stone as Amy, Liam Hemsworth as Sky (Even though his character changed--Hemsworth would fit the Sky from the last half of the book)--Everyone else has a really small role, so I can't think of anyone else to play the characters.


Any additional comments?

I wrote a review of this book and, I'm not sure why, but it wasn't submitted or it was rejected. I wish audible would let me know if it was the latter. Anyway, I have questions about this book and I'd love for anyone to contact me if they can answer or would like to discuss. Last time, I put my email up here, so maybe that's why it wasn't published. Questions: 1. Are all Faeries bisexual? They obviously wouldn't use that term, but it just seems like any faery can be attracted to any faery. What if Puck or Sky wasn't attracted to men? The anatomy is different, even for faeries. Thank God they explained how two faeries of the same gender can have heirs, because that was bugging me for half of the book. Which leads me to my second question. 2. Based on this book, a human man can get a female faery pregnant. Can a male faery get a female faery pregnant? What about a male faery getting a female human pregnant? 3. Does anyone else believe that Puck would've been the dominant in the relationship until about halfway through? Sky, maybe because of his naive nature in the human world, seemed submissive. Maybe I'm off base, but I believe that these characters kind of swapped roles in the middle.

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- Jeffrey veals

Loved both the story and narration!

Puck is heir to the Earth throne and Sky to the Air throne. They are forced into a political alliance/marriage that neither wants, but Puck throws the most resistance at actually making it happen.

Puck pouts and returns to his father, on Earth, forcing Sky to follow, even though he could be hurt. There, Puck treats Sky like crap for two weeks, trying to get Sky to renounce the betrothal.

Sky perseveres however and eventually even Puck realizes that there is more than just politics at play and that perhaps an alliance between them won’t be all bad.

**

The first half of the book is full of Puck being an ass. He’s an admitted brat, but slowly and surely he and Sky grow closer. They are super cute together. Sky’s learning of the human world is sometimes adorable and the growing attraction between them is sweet.

When they finally do give it a go as a couple I was entranced and fully engaged in their love story. My only complaint was that we spent so much time with them struggling that I’d have appreciated them as a happy couple for longer than a chapter or two.

I also thought that the extra drama with the opposing house of fire was un-necessary. Simply going from adamantly opposed to in love was enough work for this story.

However, this was truly wonderful book by and large and by a new to me author and I highly recommend it and will look for more of the author’s work in the future gladly.


4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Matthew Lloyd Davies did an EXCELLENT job narrating this. He did the fairy voices in his loveley British accent and I giggled when he was forced to put on an American accent (which he did remarkably well!) I definitely thought this added to my overall enjoyment and highly recommend this as a way to enjoy this lovely story.

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars
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- Morgan A Skye

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC