The Foxling Soldati (Ariel’s Review)


Title:  The Foxling Soldati
Series: Soldati Hearts #2
Author:  Charlie Cochet
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:  August 16, 2017
Genre(s):  Fantasy / Shapeshifters
Page Count:  102
Reviewed by:  Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms. 

 

The Fox and The Tiger

I was so looking forward to this second book of the series because the first book was awesome. It was full of excitement and suspense plus the dialogue was so funny.

Slight Spoiler Alert

This book centers around Rayner, the best friend and second of the king, and a servant, Toka, servant to the new Prince. The royal family of a neighboring kingdom comes to visit and treachery happens. Rayner is accused of a crime which he obviously didn’t do. Nobody stuck up for him and that made me mad. It was so obvious. His friends should have stuck up for him and questioned the accusing party. I didn’t really like that part of the story and I kind of wanted to stop reading, but I wanted to see what happened.

As a result, Toka was taken to that neighboring kingdom and was made into a sex slave by the king. This part was disturbing and I felt was unnecessary to the story. It could have been something else besides a sex slave. I felt this didn’t add anything to the story, but kind of smeared it. He could have simply been kidnapped and then everyone could have rushed to find him, for example. It does have a happy ending which I was glad about.

The main characters were developed very well and I love them. The king and the new Prince made a few appearances which I was very happy about as they are my favorite characters of the series.

The author, Charlie Cochet, is a great author. I have read other books by this author. I feel this book is just an ‘oops’. So, this book will not stop me from reading more of this author’s books.

Overall, I’m 50/50. I kind of like the book because of the characters, but I also didn’t like it because of the storyline. I hope the third book is much improved, if there is a third book.

If you don’t mind reading about sex slaves, then you will like this book and I do recommend it for you.


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Galley copy of The Foxling Soldati provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

4 comments

  • Thank you for the review. It’s too bad! Like you I was looking forward to this book. Can you tell me of there are explicit non-con scenes in the story? I don’t like stories that have sex slaves in them, but even less when there are explicit scenes.

    Reply
    • There is one scene where he dresses him in a sheer top with no bottom and he fingers him. That’s the only scene.

      Reply
      • Thanks for letting me know. It’s such an overdone thrope for me in this genre. It’s no longer an original to use to torture a hero. Too bad. 🙁

        To be honest, I never thought this author would go that way!

        Reply

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