The Prince’s Consort (Chronicles of Tournai, #1) by Antonia Aquilante ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

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Author: Antonia Aquilante

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/16/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance

Blurb:

A Tale of Tournai

Legends tell of large cats defending the principality of Tournai, but such creatures have been lost to time.

Or have they?

Prince Philip inherited the throne at a young age, and since then, his life has centered around ruling his country and resisting those pressuring him to take a wife and conceive an heir—forcing him to hide his attraction to men. When kind-hearted Amory is offered to the prince in exchange for more time for Amory’s father to complete a commission, both Philip and Amory are horrified. But Philip agrees to keep Amory at the palace, where they gradually become friends, then lovers. For the first time in his life, Philip is free to share not only his heart, but the magical shape-shifting ability that runs in the royal bloodline.

Neither Amory nor Philip imagined falling in love, and they certainly don’t expect the lengths those who oppose their relationship will go to keep them apart—maybe even resorting to murder.

My View:

A friend told me that they had to DNF this story. I almost took their advice and left it alone. However, the blurb sucked me in and just wouldn’t let me go. I am so glad I decided to read this story.

I don’t read a ton of high fantasy in the grand scheme of things, but when I do I either love it or hate it. Prince’s Consort is definitely on the love end of the spectrum for me.

Philip and Amory are adorable together. There is never any angst in their relationship. They are committed to each other and to moving forward together. While Amory isn’t exactly sure of his place in Philip’s world, Philip is confident in where he wants Amory — by his side and in his bed.

Of course not everyone in the kingdom is happy with this arrangement and attempts on Amory’s life ensue. However, through out it all Philip and Amory just fall deeper into each other.

Aquilante gives us a rich world that I am ready to visit again. She gives us royalty, magic, shape-shifters, and so much more. She gives us characters to love. Characters I want to know better.

The author gives us an interesting take on male mating. I loved that the roadblock for Amory and Philip wasn’t that Philip was taking a man to his bed, only that Amory couldn’t produce an heir. We focused on the power struggles inherent in a royal court, not the gender of those involved.

I am eager to revisit Tournai. There are many more stories to tell.

Links

The Prince’s Consort (Chronicles of Tournai, #1) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title 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,

Brandilyn
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