Divine Rivals: Review

Divine Rivals

When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever.

After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again. But eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow just wants to hold her family together. Her mother is suffering from addiction and her brother is missing from the front lines. Her best bet is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.

To combat her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother and slips them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish―into the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. When he anonymously writes Iris back, the two of them forge a connection that will follow Iris all the way to the front lines of battle: for her brother, the fate of mankind, and love.

Divine Rivals Review

This was my first book by Rebecca Ross, and oh how I love to hate it!

Don’t get me wrong it was GREAT. I finished it a few days ago and I’m still thinking about it – but it hurt!

My favorite epistolary romance is The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy, so of course that’s where my mind went when starting this book. “Oh a cute letter-writing romance between rivals. Just what I want to read!”, but y’all, this book was intense! What starts out as a budding romance quickly gets real with grief and war. The author mentions reading a few books about World War 1 and watching the movie 1917, and I can totally see the influence. The war scenes and atmosphere were so heavy, and while this wasn’t what I expected going in (or even really what I wanted to read) it made the romance that much more sweet.

Winnow and Kit were the silver lining in a dark world, and seeing them come together was so satisfying! It was very bittersweet to see them be happy knowing that it could end at any moment. I empathized a lot with Iris not wanting to love because she didn’t want to lose it again. Especially after the cliffhanger at the end! Beware. I’d recommend purchasing a copy and waiting until book 2 is out later this year.

While the romance was my favorite part, I also enjoyed the light fantasy elements and the world building was very easy to follow. The story was great, and I was completely invested. Overall, it was also VERY unpredictable for me except for one plot point.

I’d totally recommend Divine Rivals if you’re in the mood for a sweet historical romance and you don’t mind having your heart torn out. While I absolutely loved it, I just won’t be able to read it over and over because my poor heart needs happy escapism lol.

I’m giving this one 1/5 🌢 as it’s not fade to black, but it isn’t descriptive.

Rating

5/5

SPICE LEVEL

Quotes

“I don’t want to wake up when I’m seventy-four only to realize I haven’t lived.”

“I don’t think you realize how strong you are, because sometimes strength isn’t swords and steel and fire, as we are so often made to believe. Sometimes it’s found in quiet, gentle places. The way you hold someone’s hand as they grieve. The way you listen to others. The way you show up, day after day, even when you are weary or afraid or simply uncertain. That is strength, and I see it in you.”

“And he winked at Iris. She was so flustered by it she spilled her tea.”

“She has to survive this, Roman thought. He didn’t want to live in a world without her and her words.”

“Read to me, Roman.”

“She whispered, β€œI want to touch you.” β€œNow that wasn’t in the letter,” he said wryly. β€œI would have framed it on the wall had it been.””

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