Title: His Consort
Author: Mary Calmes and Scott Smith (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 20th 2018
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
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.
His Consort is the story of how ex-special forces soldier Jason Thorpe stumbles upon the secret world of Vampyrs and learns some secrets which will change the course of his life and entwine it inexorably with the vampyrs forever.
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.
Jason’s the every-man character dealing with the ins-and-outs of a world that he thought was only made up. He’s got a heart of gold and and a thick head, which helps when dealing with millennia old creatures who think they know everything.
Scott Smith does a good job with unique character voices, a good pace, and I love that he doesn’t just robotically read, but infuses emotion to the text. He brings out the humor, emotion, and suspense of the story well.
His Consort is a single POV, urban paranormal featuring vampyrs, with action, intrigue, and some romantic elements, and a HFN/HEA ending. I’m really hoping this turns into a new series. There’s definitely the set up for one and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a book 2.