His Consort (Susan’s Review)

Title: His Consort
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 284
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.

I’m a huuuuge Mary fan, but it seems her latest books are a bit of a miss for me. There were parts in this that made me all, oh yeaaaaaah, now we’re talking! And then suddenly I got bombarded with all kind of details about the vampyr world and I was all ooooooh noooo, not this again.

I also felt that the relationship between Jason and Varic was pretty underdeveloped. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Mary’s crazy kind of insta-love, but I also need to see more of the couple together to really feel their love. And there was too much other stuff going on that detracted from that.

This actually reminded me a bit of the Change of Heart series, with its rules and the mate thing and the world building. And that series was a miss for me as well, because just like in this book, it sometimes felt as if the rules were just made up as they went along. There was no real logic to it all. Now sometimes in a Mary book that can be a good thing, like in her contemporaries. But when it’s shifters, or in this case vampyrs, I get lost in the rules and the world and the everything.

We also had the female best friend in this, like in every Mary book, and just like in all the other books, I didn’t like her. It felt like she was just filling. And can I just say how ridiculous it is how in every book this best friend is super angry at the MC for getting himself in danger, while it is never their fault. As if Jason could have stopped someone from shooting at him!

Now it looks like I didn’t like this at all, and that wasn’t the case either. There were some lovely possessive moments a la Mary Calmes, and those were wonderful. But it just wasn’t as good as some of her other books…

I have a feeling only true die hard Mary fans will love this. Or not, like me, but I get annoyed at too much world-building a lot, so don’t pay attention to me.

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