Friday, December 15, 2017

The Gryphon King's Consort by Jenn Burke

Title: The Gryphon King's Consort
Author: Jenn Burke
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Luca and Eirian
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Love takes flight.

The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.

Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.

My Review:
I wasn't sure about this book going into it just because I'm not huge into paranormal, but I do love Jenn Burke's writing, so I gave it a try. I'm so happy that I did. I really enjoyed this one...and even shed a few tears...which almost always gets a book a 5 star rating from me (if an author can move me to tears, I'm obviously heavily invested in the story and characters).

So, this story...these two guys have known for a while that they would be married. It's a political arrangement, but they both thought they'd have a few more years before it became a reality. They've never even met one another. But when the residing king suddenly dies, Luca must step up and part of that is taking a consort. They meet one day, get married the next. There's no time to adjust. 

So, things are certainly not easy between the two men. Luckily, they are both very attracted to the other, but there is still a lot of tension to work out between them. And that's before the whole balance of the kingdom rests on the two of them being able to work it out.

I liked this one a lot. Eirian is worried about losing himself to just being the king's idea that he hates. He's still his own person with his own ideas and belief system. One of the reasons he was chosen as consort was to help bring different ideas to the leadership of the kingdom. (Note: I love the political aspects of this book. It was so easy to draw parallels between what this kingdom is going through and the heavily divided political world we live with here in the US. I wish we could work it out like it was in this book.)

I enjoyed this one a lot. And was pleasantly surprised to even find some intrigue and suspense to the story. I definitely recommend this one! (And yes, I totally cried at one point at the end where things weren't looking so good.)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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