Title: His Consort
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20th, 2018
Page Count: 284
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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 am a huge Mary fan and I’ve loved so many different genres that she’s delved into, but this was new. This was the start of a world of vampyres and royalty and while fun to get into a new world with Mary Calmes, it started out on shaky ground for me.
The first 40% of the book was difficult to get through. I get it, we need to learn about this new vampyre world and all of its titles, but we didn’t even meet the prince until almost halfway through the book.
But then, in typical Mary style, it got good. I mean, reaalll good. The Prince was unlike any other character I can think of. He was brutal when the situation called for it, but he was so sweet. Like, sooooo sweet. And romantic. And loving.
I felt like once I got past the educational section of the story it was full steam ahead, and I do mean steam. At that point, I was hooked and was not let down. It was fast paced and fun and I’m pretty sure there will be more to follow and I’m in.
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