Luck of the Draw by Addison Albright

Two princes have to marry as part of a peace treaty. Prince Obren draws the short straw in his family, but when he meets Prince Dukan he can't say that he is disappointed. Both men lost someone close to them in the war, but if they can agree on the match they might find a forever kind of relationship. SNik read and reviewed Luck of the Draw.

From the blurb:

Drawing the short straw is bad luck ... isn’t it?

A treaty between three warring realms calls for a mass wedding ceremony amongst their eligible
princes and princesses to solidify the peace. But since the number of males and females differ, one of the marriages must be between two of the princes.

Prince Obren of Canna draws the short straw, sealing his fate, and Prince Dukan of Butari volunteers to be the other half of the nontraditional marriage. The two princes fought nobly in the years-long war and are willing to do whatever it takes to finalize the treaty, ending the conflict that took the lives of their loved ones ... Obren’s brother and Dukan’s lover.

Each harbors a dark secret, and King Rogan of Canna has long nurtured a deep hatred of Obren, blaming him for bringing home the deadly virus responsible for the untimely death of his much-adored wife. Obren and Dukan can’t deny their chemistry, but can they overcome the ugly truths complicating their path to a friendly, respectful, and -- dare they hope -- loving relationship? Will King Rogan stop at nothing to dash Obren’s chance at happiness, or does that short straw represent good luck, after all?

SNik's Review:

Standalone novella. Arranged marriage. Quick read. Single POV. 

A peace treaty that requires a group of princes and princesses to marry in order to bring an end to a war between three countries, and Prince Obren draws the short straw to marry another prince instead of a princess. 

In this world build it is not a negative to be with another man, but Obren had hoped to have children, and there is also the fact that both men lost people important to them during the war which could cause bitterness. 

For a short story there is enough background given for Dukan and Obren so you can see their conflicted feelings about marrying as well as a good amount of honest communication which supports the quick ramp up of feelings and trust. 

Moving on from their grief together and grabbing at a possible happiness, made this a sweet read.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Luck of the Draw is available to buy in ebook format.