*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This is the third Megan Derr book I’ve read, and I’m starting to think I can’t go wrong with her. And like the others I’ve read, it was fluffy, but it was so much more than just fluff. It didn’t slack on the plot or the characters or the writing, but it still just made me smile and laugh and feel happy.
This book was just so damn funny. And the characters were all so likeable. I thought Lesto and Rene especially would be jerks since they were close to the king and the brothers of the king’s late consort (and because that’s just how things seem to go in these royal court books), but nope. They were awesome, and I loved them, and I loved everyone. I even got a little bit emotional at times, not because I felt sad, but because I liked the characters so much and they were all trying so hard and doing their best; I felt for them when they were feeling upset or worried or guilty, as well as when they were touched or excited or happy. I don’t even normally like series with different main characters in each book, but, with this one, I’m glad the other books are about different characters because I really do want all their stories! I’m pretty sure I’d read a book about any character in this series. Literally I would even read a book about Myra, and I’m pretty sure he had like two whole sentences. (Ok I wrote that as a joke because I didn’t think there would actually be a book about him, but I just checked, and it turns out the fourth book is going to about him. Now I’m excited because I really do want to read a book about him, haha. Though I must say, I’m disappointed there’s no book about *SPOILER* Rene and Tara *END SPOILER* [yet?] because they were probably my favorite characters in this book!)
I also loved the use of the dual perspectives (Allen’s and Sarrica’s) to show the misunderstandings between characters, like how Allen thought Sarrica must be thinking XYZ of him, but Sarrica was actually acting a certain way because of ABC. I like when books do that because, in real life, we really don’t know what people are thinking/feeling or what their reasons or motivations for things are, and so we probably do misinterpret plenty. But I never felt like it went too far into the miscommunication. It was believable. And the romance itself was ultimately sweet and a bit of a slow burn, though not a particularly tension-filled one.
So overall, I loved the characters, I loved the relationships among them, I loved the humor, and I definitely enjoyed this book!
Anyone who likes M/M high fantasy, lovable characters, humor, and sweet books that make you smile.
More Books in the Series:
Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court.
High King Sarrica is ruling an empire at war, and that war will grow exponentially worse if his carefully laid plans do not come to fruition. He’s overwhelmed and needs help, as much as he hates to admit it, but it must be someone like his late consort: a soldier, someone who understands war, who is not unfamiliar with or afraid of the harsher elements of rule. What he doesn’t need is the delicate, pretty little politician foisted on him right as everything goes wrong.
Publisher note: this is a highly expanded, completely re-written version of the free short that was previously available under the same title.