Review: Queen of Swords by Katee Robert

Queen of Swords

(Sanctify, #1)
By: Katee Robert
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publighed: June 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger whose bed she just spent a wild, drunken night in. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.

Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them…and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.


The story starts out with Ophelia waking up in a strangers bed when she gets a call from her mother saying she needs to come home immediately. She sneaks out of the guys house and when she gets home she realizes she is in for a surprise. She finds out that she is being picked up and is going to marry Prince Kristian. However, the guy who picks her up to take her to the prince is non other than the guy who’s bed she warmed last night. What she doesn’t know is that Boone is actually Kristian’s little brother and isn’t there to take her to his brother but rather to steal her away from him.

Ophelia is a very strong independent character. She is suffering from a recent loss of her crew members, all because she didn’t listen to her card reading. Diviners are very superstitious about their card (tarot) readings. However, Ophilia didn’t listen to them the last time and ultimately payed the price. So when she finds out that the cards tell her that she is going to marry a man and the prince comes a knockin’, she grits her teeth and sets out on her journey. What she isn’t expecting is to fall in love with Boone, the guy who she thought was sent to bring her to the prince. Instead, he locks her up and kidnaps her on his ship.

Boone was only supposed to get a look at his brother’s soon to be wife. He never expected to be so attracted to her when he meets her at the bar. He also wasn’t planning on sleeping with her and ultimately falling in love with her. However, he knows that there is no place in his life for her. Since his brother has his eyes set on being king, that means that Boone and everyone he is associated with is are in danger of Prince Kristian in his quest to become king. The only way to keep his people safe is to kill his sadistic brother.

The world that Katee Robert developed was an interesting one. I liked the idea of instant food. I sort of wish we had that now. I liked the fact that the majority of the storyline took place on ships. I also enjoyed the love/hate relationship between Ophelia and Boone. The one thing I had a problem with was that I saw a couple of parts coming from the get go and I couldn’t believe that no one else seemed to have caught on to it. Other than knowing the big surprise from the beginning, the story was a good one. It was a fun, easy light futuristic romance.

“How could I resist your charms after I heard you tell that guy you’d cut off his balls and shove them down his throat?” -Boone

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