Author: Carol Cummings
Genre: Fantasy, Humor
Length: Novel (224pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (26th July 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: All Lucas Tripp wants is prosperity for the tenants of his family’s estate; good weather for the harvest; suitable matches for his sisters; a little money left over at the end of the month; and more quality time with his boyfriend, Alex Booker. That’s not so much to ask for, right?
Wrong. When his sister’s new suitor suddenly disappears, Lucas is drawn into an adventure of a lifetime—kicking and screaming all the way. Magical beings who were allegedly banished hundreds of years ago are coming through portals that were supposed to be shut against them—and that’s only part of Lucas’s problem. The rest consists of missing princes, breaking and entering, suspicious magicians, well-meaning women who are far too interested in Lucas’s sex life… the list goes on. Lucas is decidedly Not Amused, but he’ll get over it someday. Probably. After all, there’s always Alex.
Wooster and Jeeves meet Monty Python and Doctor Who, with a side-visit now and then to the Three Stooges. The Queen’s Librarian is a romp through absurdity and intrigue and humor and schmoop, with a healthy dose of real adventure. And while Lucas spends most of it decidedly Not Amused, he’ll get over it someday. Probably. Because there is, after all, always Alex.
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Review: Lucas has many things on his plate with worrying about his tenants, the harvest, his sisters’ prospects, and money, but he has one thing that makes him truly happy he loves spending time with his boyfriend Alex. What he doesn’t need is anything else to crop up and certainly not his sister’s suitor disappearing or a nutter who thinks he is a Daimin. Lucas is drawn into an adventure when he attempts to discover just where the suitor has disappeared to, along with the appearance of the strange man and then his cousin, the Prince, vanishing and being drawn into a mystery that is over a hundred years old.
Oh, this story is absolutely incredible, it’s humorous and great fun to read. Within the first couple of pages I fell head over heels for Lucas, he is a brilliant character and is great fun (even when he doesn’t mean to be), his boyfriend Alex is wonderful, and he adores Lucas. The storyline is great with confusion and fun every step of the way, we meet some fantastic characters in Prince Laurie, Declan Slade, and the Prince Consort, and we have a great adventure of hyperventilating, sheer embarrassment and near hysterics as Lucas and Alex discover just what is going on in Orchard Downs.
This story starts out a fun light read and it continues in the same vein throughout, it will have you laughing and giggling as you follow along in an adventure that leads to an old secret. I must say that I didn’t want this story to end; I couldn’t get enough of the brilliance of these fun characters. The storyline starts off with a simple missing suitor and becomes so much more as confusion begins to lead the way, leading Lucas and Alex to a secret that has been hidden from everyone from many long years, and reopens diplomacy to a race that they have long been wary of.
I have no choice to but recommend this to everyone if they want a fun light read that has brilliant characters, a great storyline, fantastic animals, and a neurotic librarian, we have guys obsessed with thinking about sex, a slight magical battle that has Lucas spitting feathers and a brilliant ending that has us hoping for more adventures in the future.