This trilogy by Erin Beaty is a perfect example of understated romantic fantasy. Sage Fowler is a resourceful, witty protagonist who is making the best of the hand life has dealt her. The trilogy begins with The Traitor's Kiss, in which Sage embarks on a journey to the nation's capital with a caravan of highborn brides - not as a bride herself, however. Deemed unsuitable for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker who teaches her to spy on both the girls and the soldiers escorting them.
Her inquisitive and clever nature quickly reveals a plot to overthrow the King, using the gaggle of young brides-to-be as leverage. Between Sage's skills as a spy and the handsome Captain Quinn and his loyal soldiers, the unlikely group must find a way to survive the traitor's grasp long enough for help to arrive.
This tale starts out quiet and humble, and slowly spirals outward to a heart-racing, action-packed conclusion. On top of that, add a strikingly-sweet romance and you've got a fantastic start to what promises to be a great series!