Title: His Consort
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 284
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: his quaint little store attracts a devoted staff and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He’s perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying… and utterly mesmerizing.
The prince of the vampyrs, Varic Maedoc, is visiting New Orleans when he finds out the man who once helped his counselor is there in the Quarter. He thinks to simply meet and thank Jason—until he lays eyes on him. Varic’s devoted himself to protect the honor of his race, and he’s never wanted a mate before… but he immediately knows he must have this man, and no one else will do.
Varic may want to bring Jason safely into his world, but someone who doesn’t like the human’s soothing influence on vampyrs has deadly plans that would disrupt Varic’s dreams. Now, unable to tell friend from foe, Jason finds himself wondering how to hold on to the prince’s heart when he’s fighting for his life.
Mary Calmes does vampires! Or, well, she does vampyrs.
Indicative from the slight change of the word, Calmes weaves a tale of vampyrs, living amongst the world of humans that is just a bit different from other vampire stories.
I enjoyed the similarities and differences, alike, such as vampyrs being born and not turned. Their governance structure and the wars between socio-economic classes were interesting too.
In typical Calmes fashion, she gives background through the main MC jumping from one thought to the next, relaying different memories which have brought him to the present.
It was the romance that I enjoyed the most about this book. These two seemed more “real” than I would’ve though from a Calmes paranormal story. I expected a growly alpha vampyr, totally possessive. But Varic was charming and sweet too. The juxtaposition of those traits against the alpha Vampyr Prince was done really well!
And Jason never crossed into doormat territory, which could have happened in this type of world. He belongs to the Prince, after all. It never went there….he always kept his own mind.
The heat was awesome (hawt!). I’m not normally a fan of blood play, but Vampyrs know how to do it well!
Fans of MC won’t be disappointed. And she leaves it slightly open for more from this world. The side characters were definitely a bonus!