After sitting on my "to read" shelf for quite some time, I finally buckled down and readWarprize. Should have read it sooner (like I knew I'd say...) because I really enjoyed it!
I don't know if I'd go as far as to say it's truly a "romance" novel. Maybe more of a "Stockholm Syndrome" novel? (I don't think this upcoming bit is spoilery, but just in case you think it is spoilery, you've been warmed...) I was rather confused at the division in the book - the two thirds of the book you are under the impression that Lara is the "Warprize"...ie. a slave/servant/spoils of war. There are some behaviors that make you wonder if that's truly the case, but seemingly the attitude of her being one of the spoils of war is throughout. Then, suddenly, it shifts gears into "Hey, I know we said you were the "warprize"...but the warlord actually picked you as his consort...so nevermind the imagery and objectification that comes with being labeled as a thing/"warprize", k, thx".
Let's just say the switch from "oh no, I'm a warprize!" to "ooh la la, I'm the warprize, baby" wasn't very believable. Of course, it happened about the time the romance was taking off as well, which took me out of the story at a crucial plot point.
BUT...my complaints aside, I did enjoy the book. Simus is a great side character (wish he would have his own spinoff series...) and there was a nice richness to the characters and the plot that I have found lacking in other of my recent reads.