Romance Review | Portia by Christina Bauer

OverviewUnlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn't known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon. To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms—and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help—then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis. Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield, and it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires.

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Publishing Date: October 27, 2015
Stars: 4 
My Review: I began reading this series with Maxon's book and loved it so I had to read this one. I really enjoyed Portia's story. I would be lying if I said that Tempest had nothing to do with why I liked the novel so much. I loved that Maxon made several appearances and watching the dynamic between the siblings through Portia's eyes. 

The story continues to delve deeper into the mythological world that Christina Bauer's created and allows for Portia to have the staring roll when it comes to saving everyone. Portia is brilliant, loyal, honest, shy, and very passionate. She's wrapped herself up in seeking knowledge that most of her other parts of her life have taken a backseat. It doesn't help that she's marked to become a Void demon, either. Tempest is the first being to get her heart thumping. He's flirty, sinfully gorgeous, and very aware of her. 

Emperor Tempest has seen and been through many things in his lifetime that leave others wary of him. He is cunning, assertive, thoughtful, and tentative. He notices Portia and gives her the ability to actually be heard when the others in her family ignore her. He's more than what he seems and far from the worst thing that could ever happen to the princess. 

In order to save the world and Portia, Tempest aids Portia in her journey. He must hide his knowledge and heart for she is only able to learn of it when the time is right. Portia falls in love with him and learns he's been waiting 20 years to be with her which completely stole my heart right there. My heart says "property of Emperor Tempest." The story is sweet, action filled, and delightful.