Fake Fae-ancee by Emily Cane (Paranormal Roommates #3)

Fake Fae-ancee

Fake Fae-Ancée: Paranormal Roommates Book Three
by Emily Cane

Paranormal Romance

354 Pages

Book #3 Paranormal Roommates series

Published 6th July 2022

Purchase from | Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon UK |

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When Kai wakes up in Yuri’s bed, with no recollection of what transpired the night before, and sans clothes, to say she’s terrified and infuriated is an understatement. Kai and Yuri have big history, history that tore Kai apart and that she’d rather forget. The problem is, it turns out there’s an assassin after her, and Yuri has sworn to protect her – like she needs it. His plan is to pretend to be engaged, attend a ball, and help him get his throne back while keeping the killer away from Kai. The catch is, Kai is no princess, she’s not even remotely close to a damsel in distress, how on Earth is she going to convince a bunch of Royal Bears that she’s the prophetic Queen to their King? Not to mention, being in close quarters together is just about the worst thing Kai could think of, their history makes things hard, and the chemistry that still smolders deep down, makes things *ahem* harder…

I’ve read the first two books in the Paranormal Roommate series, so it was really lovely to be able to round out the trilogy with the final roommate Kai, who, up until this point, we didn’t actually know too much about, besides the surface stuff. So it was really awesome to get a look into Kai’s character and really learn so much more about her. One thing that I love about this series is that each book is completely different to the next. Book one was very cute and sweet and sunshine/grumpy romance – which I absolutely adored, I still hold Lily and Claudio close to my heart. Book two was darker, grittier and talk about steamy!! And Book three was more somber, a grasp at what was – what the characters thought could never be, a redemption, and healing.

In the previous instalments, Kai’s character is one that is larger than life. She’s powerful, upbeat, hyper and a force to reckoned with. So getting a deeper look into who she really is, was amazing. Yes she’s powerful and a force to be reckoned with, but she’s also hurting, lonely and heartbroken. Covering this up with her hyper and upbeat outward appearance so as not to worry the only family that she has – her friends. She’s the one who throws herself into her work as a P.A.S.H agent so that she can forget about all the pain and heartache she’s experienced since she was left for dead as a child. And this was so polarizing, I did not expect that Kai was hiding such a well of pain inside her bubbly personality, and I just feel like her story is so strong because of this. The depth in her character is absolutely gorgeous and I am here for it. Yuri, dear big oaf Yuri. We’ve encountered him briefly in the previous two books, and I knew that him and Kai had a big rivalry going on, but I never expected the backstory that we’ve been given. I’ll admit, I really didn’t like his character in the first half of this book, like, at all. He was overbearing (excuse the pun hahahaha), possessive, demanding, and had that real big alphahole personality going on. The “you are the woman, I will protect you, because you can’t do it yourself, so you will do as I say when I say it” energy, and it irked me something chronic, because under normal circumstances, Kai would not have needed him to make it through. I can understand his worry and his innate need to protect Kai, but it didn’t make me hate it any less haha. I absolutely ADORED the character of Baba – the Witch, man, she’s so sassy and I just absolutely loved every minute of page time she got. The characters of Nox and Anastasia – I absolutely hated them in the beginning, for obvious reasons. Then all of a sudden, I was super invested and my heart hurt for them both. I’m kinda hoping that we may get a little bit of a Nox/Anastasia story on the horizon one day?? The character growth for them was also great, and they didn’t get much page time at all. I feel like it really shows that Cane has the ability to really endear a character to you, even if they’re a minor player in the story. Her characters are always so large and full of life, so real in their flaws and absolutely lovable – even when they’re the villain.

One of the things that I struggle with in the romance genre, is the miscommunication trope, or the ‘things could be solved if we just spoke openly about it, but we’re not going to’ trope. It just bugs me when things could be made so much more simpler if people just spoke to each other. So I did struggle a little bit in the beginning with this book as Kai spent more time running away from Yuri, and getting herself into terrible situations, where if she just stopped for a moment and let him speak, maybe things would have been different. It was a short lived annoyance though and to be honest, I completely understand that including this in Kai and Yuri’s story was super important, not just for plot driving, but because it also allowed character growth and development as the story progressed. I also can completely understand that Kai was just trying to protect herself, the only way that she knew how, and because of past hurt she’d rather run that put herself into a situation where she might end up getting her heart torn out again. So I get it and it did make sense for this story, and I do think that in the end, it needed that trope in the beginning. I feel like it added a little more dimension to Kai’s character because, she’s not scared of anything, or at least, virtually nothing, but she was scared of that.

The story itself was well written, and I didn’t see one of the twists coming, it totally threw me for a loop, and I am kinda curious to know what happened to a certain character after the dust settled. We sort of just didn’t hear from them again. I haven’t read the extra little epilogue for them yet (it’s only just arrived on my kindle), but I already have guessed the extra thing, and mind you, it’s not meant to be a secret, but I am so keen to see the character reactions to what comes next. It’s a bittersweet feeling for this series to be over now. The Paranormal Roommates series as a whole was a wonderful introduction to Cane’s writing, her easy to read yet absolutely enthralling stories, and the way that each story had it’s own voice and theme. Yes these stories have HEA, but it’s the journey to get there that was the most fun. Knowing the characters were going to get there in the end, even when things looked so bad you just didn’t know if they really would. Such a wonderful series, I am so honored to have been able to be an ARC reader for these books. If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with characters that you’ll fall in love with from page one and stories that are more than just a sapfest, give this series a go, you won’t be disappointed.

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