Owned by Magic (Ruled by Magic Book 2) by Zara J Black

This is the second book in the Rules by Magic series.

I’ll be safe in the prince’s bed, from everyone but him.

I stole from a brutal street gang, and now they want me dead. There’s only one place they can’t touch me. The palace. But safety comes at the cost of my freedom. I’ll sell myself as a courtesan, serve for five years, and leave with enough money to pay my debt.

Crown Prince Adante wields his power like a knife, and when his gaze turns my way, I know he could destroy me. An innocent mistake earns his attention—along with bruised knees and a painful punishment.

I should listen to the others. I shouldn’t catch his eye again. But I’ve always courted danger, and in the prince, I see a chance at power and revenge. He loves to gamble—sadistic games of pleasure and pain.

All I can wager are my body, mind, and soul. And I play to win.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are brilliant and the storyline was good.

I went into this book unsure about how I would find Adante. He came across as a right dick in the last book so I was half expecting to hate him. It’s safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Adante was a brilliant character. You understood him more in this book. He started out as a bit of a dick and was a little harsh at times, but as the story progressed, you slowly understood him. Talia was a great character. She was strong, independent and intelligent. I like how her relationship with the Prince grew. They were both using each other and then it became something real. The spice between them was brilliant as well.

It was interesting to see how things progressed from his point of view regarding the events at the end of the last book. The King seems to be the one feeding the fire here, and clearly Adante and Leo don’t know each others thoughts. The situation could be easily fixed really without the whole ordeal with occurred if they just communicated without the King being a dick.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing how everything pans out.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The series is great with fantastic characters.

My rating: 5/5*

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