Confused is a truly captivating romantic fantasy novel geared toward young adults and is the third book in the Betrothed series. The main character, Marla, grew up in the human world only to become the betrothed of Prince Leif after embracing the truth of her fae heritage. Believing the prince truly loves her imagine her shock when, on the heels of a terrifying nightmare, she walks in on him making out with his ex-girlfriend. Reeling from this, she begs the king to remove her betrothal connection to Leif and she hot-foots it back to the mortal realm in an effort to return to some semblance of normalcy. While there she is talked into giving it another try with her ex-boyfriend. However, no matter how hard she tries to lose herself in the past and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, her place is with the fae. Inevitably she must return but in doing so, she inadvertently discovers the true fate of her missing birth mother and is lured into bargaining with the soulless dark fae. Dark and powerful magic is rising. Can she and Leif ever move past everything that has happened? And will she be able to hold onto her soul when faced with the master-deceiver, the king of the dark fae himself?
I would first like to state that I received this free through NetGalley for an honest review. Normally I don’t like to jump right into the middle of a series but this one sounded good and it did not disappoint. The author has woven enough details in from the previous books that I didn’t feel lost – a major selling point for me. In addition, these reminiscences did not detract from the flow of the story in any way. The main character Marla is a soft touch, not wanting to see people harmed but at the same time stalwart enough to acknowledge that she deserves better than to have to share a man claiming to love her and to act upon it swiftly and decisively. The characters are strong, and well-written with a plot that keeps you guessing. The foreshadowing was excellent but subtle. All in all this book is a wonderful read. I would definitely recommend it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Kudos!