Title: The Soldati Prince (Soldati Hearts #1) 2nd Edition
Author: Charlie Cochet and Manuel Pombo (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 10th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.
The story has an interesting premise: Tiger shifters battle demons through different dimensions, and during one such battle the Soldati King finds his fated mate, who is human.
Much of the world building is through exposition and the action is off page quite a bit, which isn’t unusual given this is such a short novella, but in all I thought there was a good amount of world building throughout. The biggest surprise, for me, was how scant the romance aspect of this was especially for a fated mates story.
Manuel Pombo is a new to me narrator. He has a stronger Mexican accent, which is pleasant to listen to, and gave the male character voices, especially the tiger shifters, a strong, masculine sound. I’ll admit I was a bit surprised at how he voiced Riley Murrough, mostly because I pictured Riley to have a more New York Irish kind of accent when I read the story.
Pombo does perform different character voices, but they were not always completely distinguishable from one another. I really liked his voice and tone for Khalon, but I did notice that Pombo sometimes lost an accent he was attributing to a character and would then pick it up again later.
He has good breath spacing, but his pacing and tone were off quite a lot in the beginning, and his pronunciation of some words was odd to me and had me stopping to rewind to figure out a particular word (i.e.: sleight sounding like slate).
All of that being said, this really wasn’t an unpleasant listen, I mostly enjoyed the narration, especially as Pombo progressed, and the story was interesting with a strong HFN ending setting up a potential series.