Normally I would review the books individually, but these two books go together and follow the same characters, Evelyn Tesler (Eve) and Khiva.
When we are introduced to Eve, she is a virgin who thinks that if she experiences sex with someone, it will help loosen something inside of her, and enable her to find a husband to have a family with. Khiva, is essentially a sex slave, brought to the planet of Everton after his home planet was destroyed. Eve makes a booking with Khiva to lose her virginity, however, on the first night they meet that isn’t what she loses.
Khiva and Eve have an uphill battle to fight to be together. Khiva is under the control and watchful eye of Madame Allegria, who is interested in him for the profits he can make her. Eve didn’t expect to fall in love with him, but now that she has, she wants to be with him. Being with him however, is not as simple as paying the 900 credit a night fee. She wants more than just meaningless sex. She wants a future, and a family with Khiva.
As book one is a romance novel, obviously Khiva and Eve find a way to make it work, and they leave Everton behind to start a new life together on a different planet. And I fucking love that Zoey Draven did not make their life on the new planet absolutely perfect. Because Eve and Khiva never really lived together, and while they knew they loved each other, they didn’t really know each other. So as bigger challenges come up in their new life together, such as pregnancy among other things, Zoey paints a real picture of how they struggle through that and navigate their challenges.
Over these two books, Khiva and Eve truly come into their own as beings. Eve has always taken the path of least resistance, and has always been an accommodating friend even if it hurt herself. Khiva has essentially accepted that he is a sex slave and will only do the bidding of Madame Allegria the rest of his life. Through these two books, the characters change and grow so much, and it isn’t necessarily together. Part of Khiva growing is being determined to find out of his mother and bother are still alive after their planet was destroyed, and making the decision to go and find this out even at the cost of leaving his pregnant wife home alone. Part of Eve growing is realizing she is not a doormat, and she does not have to accept behavior that she doesn’t like.
Overall – I love Zoey Draven’s books, and I will be the first to admit it. I think these two are an excellent start to this four-book series, and if you have the time I think you should pick them up to read them. Yes, they are romance novels, but they, at least to me, are not your typical romance novels where everything is perfect. There is an overarching plot that makes you invested in not only the main characters, but the side characters as well.
Plot – 10/10
Characters – 10/10
Originality – 10/10
General Joy of Reading – 8/10
Overall Score – 40/40
Kraving Khiva and Prince of Firestones – Zoey Draven
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