Review: Poppy by M.A. Horst (A Force of Nature Fairytale #1)


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Poppy is the first novella in the Force of Nature Fairytale series written by M.A. Horst, which is the pen name of Michelle Horst. The series is about two families with an agreement that will tie the current generation through arranged marriages. The eldest among the Royals is informed by his father that he needs to choose his bride among a set of six cousins that belong to the Flower family. Storm Royal knows his father demands that heirs to their family name and fortune be bred as soon as possible, but Storm wants a connection with his bride-to-be...and he finds it in the unassuming and far too innocent Poppy Flower. She believes he's her fairy tale come true, but when she's brutally informed that all she's meant to be is a source of future Royal heirs, Poppy's heart is broken. How will Storm convince his shy bride that she's far more than a means to an end--that theirs is true love?

This is an insta-love story that has a fairy tale-ish feel to it but set in the present, so it did come off as a bit strange because of the formal manner in which the characters spoke, not just to each other but to others, making them sound stiff. As far as the story itself is concerned, I did like the connection between Storm and Poppy, especially with how they were very protective of one another. We also glimpsed the rest of the Royal siblings, which are composed of six boys and one girl in total, but it was rather strange that they weren't around during the whole search for a bride and the wedding that followed. There were moments that the storytelling felt stilted and while I'm good with stories of insta-love, I didn't really think what they felt was love since there was very little conversation between these two before and during that initial making out. I'm giving series starter Poppy 3.5 stars. ♥

Release Date: 08 May 2017

Date Read: 07 May 2017

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