Title: The Soldati Prince (Soldati Hearts #1)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 97 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
It’s an interesting premise with decent world building, and a good start to a potential series.
I could understand Khalon’s reticence to involve himself with a frail human, which is what mainly caused him to push Riley away.
“Wait, are you saying my soul had an emotional connection with him?”
Rayner nodded. He lowered his head and spoke quietly to him as they walked. “I think you are each as stubborn as the other. I also think the priestess was not mistaken. You were marked as his mate for a reason. Before this adventure is through, we shall discover the purpose. I’m certain of it. His reaction proves it.”
But considering they are basically magical creatures, it seems like Khalon should have had more faith in the High Priestess. Because there’s much more at stake than just their love. And it’s only by working together and having faith in each other that it will all work out in the end.
So if he was claimed and became the Soldati prince, he wouldn’t be hunted, but was still mortal, and his death would mean Khalon lived his immortal life without a mate. If Riley didn’t accept his position as prince and Khalon didn’t claim him, and Riley were killed, Khalon and the others would be weakened, vulnerable, and be killed. If Riley accepted his position and was killed before he was claimed, Khalon wouldn’t be weakened, but Riley’s soul would be in limbo for eternity.
None of the action is really much on page. Considering this could have been much bloodier or gorier than it turned out to be, I actually thought that was nice. I got the gist without being grossed out with the whole demon slaying parts.
It’s a very short novel, and there’s quite a bit of world-building packed into it, but it comes at the expense of being shown rather than being told. Additionally, the romance factor is low, especially for a fated mates kind of story.
However, the story held my interest enough to want to continue when book two comes out.