Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Julie Wright
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/10/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Bisexual, Fantasy, Historical, M/M Romance
All Rath wants is a quiet, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his father brings him too much trouble—and too many debts to pay—for that to ever be possible. When the local crime lord drags Rath out of bed and tells him he has three days to pay his father’s latest debt, Rath doesn’t know what to do. There’s no way to come up with so much money in so little time.
Then a friend poses an idea just ridiculous enough to work: enter the Tournament of Losers, where every seventy-five years, peasants compete for the chance to marry into the noble and royal houses. All competitors are given a stipend to live on for the duration of the tournament—funds enough to cover his father’s debt.
All he has to do is win the first few rounds, collect his stipend, and then it’s back to trying to live a quiet life…
I picked this one up based on the cover alone. It is stunning and captured my interest instantly. And I am so happy to say that this book was all I could have asked for and more! 5 stars for originality, execution, and heart!
I LOVED this book. I loved it so much I stayed up way past my bedtime because I refused to put it down until I was finished. The world was fantastic and accepting, the characters were complex and interesting, and the romance was so cute and fulfilling it made my heart hurt. Yes, I totally saw the ending coming, but it was SO worth the read! I fell in love with Rath right away and I was so happy when Tress turned out to be his prize. Rath deserved happiness reflective of his generous and caring soul and I am just so excited for how this one played out that I am struggling to even write this review well!
If you want something unique and well written, pick this one up. You will love the world, the characters, and the contest. I can’t recommend this one enough and I would LOVE for this one to come to audio so I can revisit this more often.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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