Title: Smoke in the Sun
Series: Flame in the Mist #2
Author: Renee Ahdieh
I was so excited to read this!
I loved Flame in the Mist and I couldn’t wait to get my grabby hands on Smoke in the Sun!
Here is the blurb:
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice—to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.
Here is my review – its a short review as I didn’t want to ramble on and on!
I couldn’t wait to see what happened after the ending of Flame in the Mist.
What would become of Okami?
Would Mariko marry Raiden?
Would Kenshin totally lose himself?
Would Yumi step up to the woman I knew she could be?
All I know from this book is that, not only was it an amazingly breathtaking conclusion but, Okami owns my heart even more:
‘I imagine the moon would be a thing of beauty on a night like this. But I prefer what I’m looking at now.
You likely say that to all the girls who rescue you.
They are a candle in the sunlight compared to you.’