Custom demanded that Prince Urban get a love mark tattooed to the side of his left eye as an infant, just like the rest of his people, but to him, the stupid things have only brought on the scorn of his father, the misery of his siblings, and caused his entire kingdom to go broke from fighting so many wars over the irritating ink stains.
When Urban’s sister must travel to Donnelly, the kingdom within the sand, for her arranged marriage to align two realms, he goes with her. But he no sooner steps foot inside their castle than his mark starts itching like a son of a bitch, telling him his one true love is near.
It just figures, though, that the woman meant for him is completely forbidden. Now he must decide if he should ignore the persistent mark, telling him she’s the one, in order to avoid a possible war between kingdoms, or if he should discover whether she’s worth risking everything for so they can be together. Either way, his life gets sucked into chaos with threats of beheadings, dark magic lurking, castle traitors scheming, and sword fights eminent.
Who knew one little tattoo could cause so much trouble?
(ONE TRUE LOVE is the author’s first attempt at a fantasy romance. Please forgive her; she might’ve read an overabundance of Cassandra Gannon, Sarah J. Maas, and Eve Langlais books, then gone off to watch too many episodes of Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Outlander, because this was the outcome.)
Julia’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩 hat review:
One True Love takes us on an emotional journey that shows us the true depths of love. Linda Kage creates a fantastical world where everyone has a one true love, even those whom don’t believe they do. Allera and Urban are brother and sister who come from a land that marks your face to alert you of when you met your true love. Their kingdom is the only one who practices this. After Allera’s one true love died her father, the King, arranged a marriage to a prince in a fairly new kingdom. Urban comes along for the ride. Once there he meets his one true love and learns she is definitely forbidden. Completely. While his heart breaks, he vows to make sure she’s always happy but from a distance. Here we learn what true love looks like.
Urban, at first, comes off completely cocky and you aren’t sure if you’ll like his brand of confidence. You learn quickly he’s so easy to call in love with. He would willingly sacrifice himself to make sure his one true love is fine, happy, and content. He’s so protective of Vienne and his sister that it was a nice change of pace from the back and forth you get from guys in books nowadays. Vienne was steadfastly loyal. She stayed loyal no matter how much she was tempted to stray to her one true love. She was so smart, and helped lead the kingdom with her brother in law the King. I truly thought she was a breath of fresh air.
Now why did I rate it four stars? How could I have loved the book SO much and not given it five? Honestly I wanted to. I just couldn’t get past how predictable the suspense and who done it was. I knew from the very beginning who the bad guys were. I wasn’t shocked at all. It also made me question how smart some of the characters around them were to never figure it out. Although is was predictable, I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the world. I enjoyed the love story. Urban gives us a glimpse of how far someone who is very much in love will go to be selfless.