Book Review: The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride by Kati Wilde

Title: The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride
Author: @KatiWilde
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 185 pages
Rating: 5 Stars


Some might call Princess Anja of Ivermere brave for offering herself up as a bride to Kael the Conqueror, a barbarian warlord who’d won his crown by the bloodied edge of his sword. It was not courage that drove Anja from her magic-wielding family’s enchanted palace, however, but a desperate attempt to secure a kingdom of her own—even if she has to kill the Conqueror to do it. She expects pain beneath his brutal touch as she awaits her chance. She expects death if he discovers the truth of her intentions.

She didn’t expect Kael to reject her and send her back to Ivermere.

Raised in the ashes of the Dead Lands, Kael fears nothing—certainly not the beautiful sorceress who arrives at his mountain stronghold. And no matter how painful his need for her, he has no use for a bride who would only tolerate his kiss. Yet the more of Anja’s secrets he uncovers during their journey to return her home, the more determined he becomes to win the princess’s wary heart.

And Kael the Conqueror has never been defeated.

Ivy's review

QuickShot Review


Well, damn. I was not expecting this. I’ve read all the other books in this collection of “Bride”books by different authors (they’re all on KU), and I was expecting something in the same vein as those – short, smutty, light on plot. You know, a bit of fluff.


This book right here? is waaaayyyyy more than I bargained for, in the best way possible.

I loved Anja and Kael. It has all the best elements of a modern erotic fantasy fairytale, with a good mix of action and emotional scenes and seriously good character work. There is worldbuilding, but it flowed well and was informative without overwhelming the reader. It also didn’t hurt that I had this image in my head while reading (just my take, not anything that Ms. Wilde said).

The tease at the end made me want more. I’ve never read anything by Kati Wilde, but you can bet that I will be adding more of her books to my TBR stat. If you love fantasy romances with heat and heart, I would definitely recommend this.

– Ivy

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