The Lost Prince by Harper Fox ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Title: The Lost Prince
Series: The Midwinter Prince

Author: Harper Fox

Narrator: Rusty Coles

Publisher: audible studios

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 12/09/2016

Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Summary:

Laurie and Sasha have built a bright new world together. Sasha is working for the Immigration Guidance Council, and Laurie is landing theatre roles he could once only have dreamed of. Best of all, they’ve spent the past two years enjoying the love they snatched from the jaws of Sasha’s violent, dangerous past.

But Laurie has a history too. He’s on edge, his talents increasing beyond his ability to deal with them. And although his father is dead, Laurie can’t deny the turbulent genetic heritage the old man has bestowed on him. Only Sasha’s love is keeping him anchored and sane – and Sasha is vulnerable, shaken by bad dreams about his life on the streets.

Then Laurie learns that Sasha’s Romanian gang-lord father is on the loose in London, and his deepest fears boil to the surface. The last time Stefan’s shadow fell, Sasha made a run for it, and Laurie can’t bear the thought of losing him again. When Laurie lands a part in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, he abandons England for a dream of safety in the States, persuading the astonished Sasha to come with him.

But the dream becomes a waking nightmare for both of them beneath an alien Californian sun. Laurie must meet his demons head-on, and Sasha must confront the inner barricades that have kept him from treating Laurie as a comrade as well as a lover and a friend. The frosts of a midwinter London brought them together – will this blazing summer crack them apart, or forge enduring love from first romance?

Story Review:

While I found Lost Prince well-crafted in terms of imagery and emotion, I grew to really dislike Laurie and the whole situation he got them into. It is aptly named The Lost Prince. While Laurie had his failings in Midwinter Prince, he turned into even more of a self-centered, arrogant child who took his lover for granted and displayed an appalling lack of communication. While on the surface it seems like he made the choices on Sacha’s behalf, his arrogance and fear nearly cost him everything. There were points when I thought it’d serve him right for Sacha to leave him and I almost didn’t finish the book 7 hours in and 5 to go… And yet I still felt myself wanting the best for him, and especially, Sacha.

Clara was a bright spot in the story, although as the mother of an eleven year old, I sometimes felt her behaviour wasn’t always true to age, although there were moments that were spot on. They do comment that she had an old soul, and perhaps my daughter is atypical.

One of the most bothersome things was the head hopping. If it wasn’t for the narrator, I would have had a harder time knowing whose head I was in. There were times when I didn’t know until someone spoke.

Which brings me to the narrator! I loved Rusty Coles. He does a superb job of narrating and performing this book. His accents are on point, and he can do many different dialects and regions. He was one of the reasons I finished the book.

So, be warned, this book had a roller coaster of emotions for me and I’m not sure they were redeemed at the end.

Narration Review:

see above

Links

The Lost Prince on Goodreads
audible studios
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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.

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