Monday, October 25, 2010

The Consort

Title: The Consort
Author: Misty Malone
Publisher: Phaze Books
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ISBN: 978-1-60659-560-2
Genre: {M/M} Historical, Arthurian, Medieval, Bondage
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Prince Accolon’s father deems him useless until the day his brother was killed during battle. Accolon immerses himself in his faith in hopes of gaining the love his father has failed to give him. His status changes from spare to heir to the throne, removing any hopes he had of devoting his life to the church. Accolon loses one dream but another deeply rooted desire falls into his lap, thanks to Rhys.

Rhys understands Accolon’s family situation all too well. A passionate encounter with a stable boy leaves Rhys battered and scrambling to save his life. His father has given him a task he believes too difficult for Rhys to accomplish. The price of failure is death.

When the two meet, Rhys sees Accolon as a means to an end. Over time, Accolon’s compassion, love, and fervor leave Rhys hoping for a future filled with happiness. Will Accolon become the king of his heart?

The Consort is a fast-paced story, which takes place in Medieval Wales. Misty Malone does a remarkable job of transporting us into the period. From the description of the attire to the castle setting, her attention to detail makes this book come alive. I was actually happy that she didn’t dwell on using an abundance of the phrases and dialect of the time period. Ms. Malone created a wonderful read thanks to a mixture of sensual erotic moments, an intriguing plot, suspense and action scenes that explode off the pages.

Accolon and Rhys’ emotions rolled off the pages in waves. They both have a chasm of emotional depth that seems to break free and overflow when the circumstances made it impossible to ignore. Accolon’s painful relationship with his father damaged his ability to see his strength. He hid in the shadows until his brother’s death no longer allowed that to be an option. The damage done to his psyche didn’t surprise me. Rhys predicament was even worse. The more his past was revealed, the more I understood his lack of trust in people. Together, they healed and built a love that would stand the test of time. This is a fantastic story and I recommend it to those who enjoy the genre.

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