Author: Jordan Brewer
Genre: Fantasy, Medieval
Length: Novel Plus (296pgs mobi) (885pgs PDF)
Publisher: Lillibridge Press (1st May 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: In the faraway land of Amerito, Jonathon D’Angelo is a prince, but even a prince must yield to the king’s rule. Entirely deprived of affection and loving physical contact, Jonathan spends his days on a strict regimen of study and tutelage, horse training, and weapons techniques.
Exploiting Jonathan’s virginity like a bargaining chip, his scheming monarch father arranges two marriages for his son: One with the kind and beautiful prince in the prosperous kingdom of Utica, the other with a king who is a notorious sexual sadist.
After a desperate attempt to avoid the match, Jonathan meets his betrothed Prince Adrian. Immediately enraptured by the young man’s beauty, Jonathan learns to fully embrace the union. Under Adrian’s tender guidance, Jonathan comes to terms with his sexuality, discovers erotic pleasures, and falls in love.
When the king attempts to destroy their union, Jonathan defies his father and triggers an escalation of monarchal hostility complete with kidnapping, heinous torture, bloody battles, and revolution. Against all odds, Jonathon and Adrian must vanquish their enemies to bring peace not only to Amerito, but to all kingdoms.
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Review: Jonathon is a prince whose every move has been watched closely. He is to be used as a bargaining chip by his father, the King. Jonathon knows that he is expected to marry, but is surprised when his father tells him he will be marrying the next day to a man he doesn’t even know, Prince Adrian. But, he gets an even bigger shock when he learns that there is another groom waiting in the wings. After a desperate attempt to avoid his fate, Jonathon finally accepts the kind words of his betrothed and is glad when he does. Escaping the fate that his father has planned isn’t easy though and Jonathon and Adrian face kidnapping, torture, and horrors. They support a revolution, help to heal a kingdom and then face their foe head on. All the while trying to build a loving relationship, a relationship that is plagued with doubts and mistrust.
This is a brilliant medieval type fantasy story that is littered with doubts, mistrust, double-dealings, betrayal, and a slow kindling love. Jonathon has grown up knowing he is just a commodity. To be sold off when his father, the king, gets the right price. When he is first informed of who his future spouse will be, he panics and does the only thing he can think of to escape his fate. Adrian is shocked to learn that the man he courted for the last year has no knowledge of him, but he has no intentions of letting him go. Proceeding with their wedding is Jonathon’s only hope of freedom and they both know it. But, their marriage will be filled with danger and heartache as the two men face major obstacles to their happiness.
I loved this story for the full descriptions and very involved storyline that doesn’t quit until our two princes get their happily ever after. As we follow the princes’ journey, we see them both evolving into princes to be proud of. Jonathon begins to discover his self-worth and begins to trust in people. and Adrian discovers just how self-involved and self-centered he was and begins to become a better man. Jonathon has been neglected and abused as a child, but he excels in many areas, as he was driven to try to make his father proud of him. Adrian was given everything he wanted and it has made him a man whose whims are fulfilled, even those that seem outlandish and strange. Together they face trials no man should have to face. From a sadistic king bent on owning Jonathon, to confronting the instigator of all the bad deeds and then having someone trying to cause conflict in their marriage.
The best thing about this story is that it is much more than just one book. The first part of the story is focused on Jonathon’s marriage, his father’s twisted plans, and the sadistic king. It then progresses to the healing of a kingdom and the development of the princes’ marriage. We then see a shift as Jonathon has to confront his father to prevent war. After that, it is trouble in paradise as Jonathon hears rumors about Adrian enjoying himself while Jonathon was off trying to prevent war…. It just doesn’t stop. We also have a fantastic little side story of two doctors who were separated years before being reunited. And not just that, but of the incredible discoveries that one of the doctors makes as he experiments to keep his patients alive.
I recommend this to everyone who loves medieval type settings, danger, double-dealings, and a rough path to love, evolving characters, a brilliant storyline, and a great ending that just makes you want more.