The Last Dance by xoStardust
Prince John's biggest fear? Becoming King, and everything to do with it, from the sheltered life, to someday having to get married. Celia, a lady knight, minus the 'Lady' if she can help it, is not looking forward to coming of age and attending the High Ball which she thinks is nothing more than a market for single girls. The two have hated each other since childhood, but when the stress gets to John and he does something drastic, Celia's the only one who can help.
First, I know it's not Wednesday, but I really wanted to do a review (because I was procrastinating on HW) and I haven't finish a book from my latest haul yet so I couldn't post a book review. Also, it's Freaky Friday, I can do whatever~ XD
One of my favorite things about this story from the start was this instant vibe of hatred that John and Celia have for each other. You get hit with it almost instantly. John is basically the big bully who thinks Celia should just sit down a be a lady. Well the answer is:
He constantly makes fun of her for being too "manly." At one of the first flashbacks, he ridicules her of how she looks in a dress to the point of agitation where she accidentally steps and rips the hem of it. Now at this point, I hated the guy's guts, but as you continue to read, you find that his teasing helped Celia become more and more determined to prove him wrong. To be better than him.
Celia has always hated John. He made her feel like she wasn't enough. One of my favorite scenes in this book was when he challenged her to a duel and she beat him fair and square. Of course, being the bastard that he is, he challenges her again, this time inviting the whole castle. This leaves her in two positions. One, she beats him like she can and shows the world that they have a prince who can't even fight a girl. Or two, she lets him win. Which one do you think she chooses? But her decision helped him realize that not everything revolved around him and that there was a world bigger than the castle.
John is then sent on a mission to a nearby county and gets the shock of his life: Being King is actually pretty hard. So, he runs and flees, the king gets upset, and Celia has to come to the rescue. She finds him in the forest and convinces him (which wasn't easy) to come back to the castle with her. On the way back, guess what happened? Yup, the guy screws up and manages to get himself caught up in a net:
The net happens to be set up by a band of refugees who take him captive and leaves Celia to fight a man at least 3x her size for his freedom. Men... But she does and second favorite scene: She wins! Then this whole big action scene.
3rd favorite scene, I had fighting scenes before so for a change, this one is romantic. Their first kiss! Celia's torn with the duty to bring him back and the knowledge that he doesn't want to go back. The couple of days they spent together have really allowed the "sparks to fly" and she doesn't want him to be unhappy.
Then a bunch of events that are important but I'm not mentioning for the sake of spoilers and the Last Dance happens.
So I leave you with that! This book is super interesting and I think it's a really cute read. If you're interested, click on the cover up above and take a look! You won't be disappointed!
4 out of 5 stars: