Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...
While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.
Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.
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Such a good book 💖💫☁️
A heart stopping book
What a heart-stopping book. Intrigue, court life, games, battle, deception and a tangled net that is woven tighter around each of the players.
The Winner's Crime picks up where The Winner's Curse left off. Arin is now the governor of Herran. And Kestral is at the Valorian capital awaiting her marriage to the prince. Kestrel is good at playing dangerous games but the Emperor has infinently more practice. Out of her depth, Kestrel struggles with her decisions and whether she should act and how. When the court is assembled for the engagement ball, Arin receives an invitation. Faced with the very reason Kestrel made her agreement with the Emperor, Kestrel is determined to maintain her composure, but is unsure whether she should keep her motives from Arin or risk everything to be honest with him.
The romance is achingly sweet and heartbreaking, particularly as Kestrel tries so desperately to hide her feelings for Arin as she sacrifices everything to protect him. Arin's just not very good at leaving her to do the protecting, as he pushes back at the walls Kestrel has build between them. As so often happens with second books in trilogies, The Winner's Crime perfectly sets the story up for the third book. The ending is rather explosive, not sure if I would call it a cliff hanger as such but there certainly is a lot of unresolved issues and some pretty big twists right at the end, as well as throughout the book. With enough romance and plenty of intrigue, The Winner's Crime will keep you engaged and leave you desperate for book three.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.