His Consort (Belen’s Review)


Title: His Consort
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

Blurb:

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 enjoyed this and feel like it was a solid start to (hopefully) a new series.

Mary Calmes does a great job with building this new world of “Vampyrs” (though it took me some time to stop hearing Ze Frank’s voice in my head every time I saw the word Vampyr pronounced, apparently, as vam-pier).

His Consort is told from the single, first person, POV of ex-special forces soldier Jason, has quite a bit of action, some humor, and ends like it’s laying a lot of the groundwork for this to become a series.

Fans of Calmes Change of Heart series will find similar world-building and premise, including the main characters not actually meeting until almost halfway through. Actually there are a lot of parallels between His Consort and Change of Heart. So…if you loved one you’re probably going to really enjoy the other.

It definitely left me with more questions than answers and has me pining for more. I hope it turns into a new series.

Paranormal, with romantic elements, action, single POV, and a HFN/HEA ending.

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Galley copy of His Consort provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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