Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/23/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance
One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.
Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.
First Edition published as The Soldati Prince in Charmed & Dangerous by JCP Books LLC, 2015.
The Soldati Prince was originally reviewed by Teresa as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology. I never read the first edition, so I can not speak to what differences there are between that and this second edition. I am reviewing this story as a new story.
I found Saldati prince to be a pleasing little fantasy story. While the pairing between Khalon and Riley would be considered contentious at best, in the end they worked.
Saldati follows Riley as he adapts to a completely new manner of existence. There were certainly undertones of discrimination… okay maybe more than undertones. As with so many fantasy novels, Soldati takes an important and all to relevant topic and puts that fight in another realm. It points out the idiocy of discriminating against someone based on something they can’t help. It also points out that everything happens for a reason and that reason may not be immediately apparent.
For much of the story, I wanted Riley to go home. To leave Khalon and all he stood for. Needless to say, I didn’t like Khalon much. I did, however, respect Riley for his loyalty and bravery. I respected his desire to do what was right and what was necessary. And hey… Magic. Magic always makes a story better.
If you are a fan of Charlie Cochet in general, this is certainly a story you will want to add to your bookshelf.
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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