Title: The Consort
Author: Misty Malone
Genre: Historical/Erotic Romance
Heat Level: Explicit male/male sexual content, voyeurism, masturbation, mild bondage
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Description: An ultimatum from his dying father forces Prince Accolon to give up his plans to enter the church to fulfill the marriage contract left behind by his slain brother. If he refuses, his father will strike at him and deny his entry to the church, but if he accepts, he loses his freedom forever.
Across the land, Rhys faces a similar problem. Discovered in an indecent position with a stable boy by his furious father, Rhys makes a fool’s bargain. He has one month to steal the crown of Wales, or die. He disguises himself as a manservant and sets about learning what he can of the royal family.
Everything goes according to plan–until Rhys meets Accolon. All Rhys wanted was to save his skin and steal the crown. He never planned on losing his heart. But with Hunters on his tail and a rival out for blood, Rhys cannot allow himself to fall for a firm body and kind smile, no matter how much he wants to. Nor can Accolon understand the strange primal urges this Briton awakens in him, no matter how hard he fights against them.
A triangle of historic proportions where love, lust, politics, and murder sleep in the same bed. Blood will be spilt, lands will be lost, and no one’s heart will be safe if The Consort has his way.
Review: This was definitely my surprise read of the week. Before I start a book, I know I’m going to review, I usually check out the reviews on Goodreads and/or Amazon. There were no reviews for The Consort on either site. That surprised me. I would have expected a book released last December to have at least one review…even if it was awful. But, there was nothing.
I started this book expecting the worse. What I found instead, was a very well written historical love story that drew me in from page one. My first impression of Rhys was that he was an arrogant toad with more bravado than good sense. It didn’t take long to figure out that he was doing what he had to do to survive an extremely dysfunctional family. And Accolon isn’t much better. He’s pulled out of his sacred space kicking and screaming.
Accolon has been taught to suppress his sexuality. It broke my heart to watch him struggle with embracing the fact that he was a sexual being; worthy and deserving of love and passion. Rhys however was an excellent teacher. On the other hand, Rhys has learned that sex is just another weapon, a tool to be used for his pleasure and advancement. Kissing Accolon shakes him on a soul level as he learns there can be more to sex then just sweat and release. The sex between these two is beyond hot. There is lots of it, but it is sprinkled into the plot in all the right places.
What I liked most about these characters is that they were realistic. Neither man suddenly became a hero. Rhys doesn’t suddenly become a saint and Accolon doesn’t suddenly become a man worthy to be king. I loved the intrigue that was woven throughout the entire story. There were plenty of plot twists and turns to keep me up well past my bedtime. I really enjoy knowing the identity of the bad guy (or girl), and anticipating how they are going to get busted in the end.
I don’t know why The Consort hasn’t gotten the attention that it deserves. Ms. Malone is definitely fresh voice within the historical genre and I will definitely look out for her next offering. I highly recommend this book.