With Pride by Megan Derr ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

The demons are back in town and this time they we get a enemies to lovers story!

Love this series!

withpride400Title:  With Pride (Princes of the Blood #2)

Author:  Megan Derr

Publisher:  LT3P

Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

From the Publisher

When his sister falls ill, Kristof is ordered to assume a duty never meant for him: become the Duke of Stehlmore and marry a notorious Prince of the Blood. It is one of the oldest honors and duties undertaken by his family, but Kristof feels only resentment that he must leave behind all he knows to serve an arrogant half-demon.

His resentment must be set aside, however, when evil is found lurking far too close to the castle—an evil that has many pieces, controlled by someone they cannot find and who always seems one step ahead of them. Someone who seems to think that demons are little more than toys… 

My View

I have to be honest, I am a wimp when it comes to anything remotely resembling horror. I had to sleep with the light on for a week after I saw The Exorcist, so the fact that I’m kind of obsessed with this series surprises even me. I really wouldn’t characterize them as horror per say, but there are elements that are gruesome and give me the heebeegeebees which is close enough to horror in my book. I don’t read horror so I’ve no clue how the creatures stack up against others in that genre but they are creee-py to me.


With Pride can be read as a stand alone though some of the characters from Of Last Resort make appearances-Telmé, Korin, Alrin. This is a tighter story than the first, less epic in scale. It splits pretty evenly between adventure and romance. The relationship development between Kristof and Håkon is one of enemies to lovers and is one of my favorite themes. I liked that both characters are not what they seem at first glance. Ms. Derr again does an excellent job of giving the reader adequate time from both of their perspectives to flesh them out.

Kristof is seemingly full of pride but really insecure and lonely. Håkon is seemingly indifferent, maybe even callous but really masking an enormity of pain. How they misread each other and snipe at one another but are loathe to feel anything less than attraction for one another made With Pride a really good ride. Size difference between protagonists is also another hot button for me and that one got pounced on here.

“Goddesses knew he wanted to climb the man, rut against him, see what it was like to be held close, held down, by all that mass and muscle.”

The adventure keeps the suspense up and propels the story forward. There are also some great new secondary characters that added positively to the experience.

What was disappointing was the editing. My God are there a ton of silly mistakes. Extra words, missing words or ‘that’ instead of ‘an’ that kept pulling me out of the story. Annoying. I don’t remember there being this many mistakes in Of Last Resort. Another thing that niggled was the Njål thing. I don’t want to spoil but it didn’t sit well relative to Kristof.

With Pride is another winner by Ms. Derr in my book. Highly recommend. It is very chaste though so for the hardcore smutters, you *might* be disappointed with the lack of sexy times.

Where to Buy




I would like to thank LT3P and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

This post may contain affiliate links.
Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews.  The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.

6 thoughts on “With Pride by Megan Derr ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

  1. I’m a fan of Megan Derr and bought the first book, Of Last Resort, which is still in my unread TBR pile.
    So glad that you mentioned about the creepy factor, I’m not a fan of horror usually, although I’ve bought and read the Charm of Magpie series and Whyborne & Griffin series, which have horror elements. I like to be in a certain mood in reading creepy to me stories, or know about the creep factor if I want to buy it.

    • Keep in mind I’m a TOTAL wimp. This one was less creepy than OLR. To me. Still has some moments of ‘EEP!’, but nothing nightmare inducing or anything.

    • Being that you haven’t read Of Last Resort I can’t really compare one to the other, but I would have to disagree with this being a horror story. It is a fantasy with demons, evil warlocks and lots of magical beings, including necromancers and the like; but it isn’t a blood, guts and gore story either. There is a strong element of good vs. evil as well as a prominently told love story. I think you will enjoy it, if given a chance but don’t expect it to read like Derr’s previous stories Something Sweet or Delivery with a Smile. This series is much more comparable to her Dance With the Devil series in writing style and paranormal elements.

  2. Thanks for all of the replies! I’m a big fan of the Dance with the Devil series and read all of them so far, except for the one with the dragon pit.

  3. I just finished this last night and I was pleasantly surprised from it. There was a short little story on her blog a while back that lead me to believe the story would be a bit different. But what I read was enjoyable and I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.

    • Me too! This one didn’t put me though the wringer as much as OLR. I’m really ready for In Despair. I think that one will be epic. Glad you enjoyed it, H.B.!

Leave a Reply