Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Prince Claimed

Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78184-286-7
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Prince Bleine is a Thresl and up until now, he’s always had female mates.  This time, his brother intervenes when his life is in danger and he ends up mated to a human male. It’s an unexpected turn of events but Bleine quickly accepts Sarler as his mate.

Sarler comes from a world where loving a man isn’t just frowned on but it’s worthy of death, so being bonded to Prince Bleine gets the men off to a rocky start. Sarler can’t deny his attraction to his new mate but he’s having trouble dealing with the situation based on how he was raised. There’s a lot to understand about Bleine and the world he now lives in and it seems there are enemies around every corner. Can Sarler and Bleine work on making their relationship work while trying to discover a traitor?

Prince Claimed is the second release in Amber Kell’s The Thresl Chronicles. It takes up shortly after Soldier Mine left off, so the books should be read in order.

I liked the first book in this series, so I was looking forward to this release. The Thresl world is intriguing, and here we get to learn more of their history—including a few surprises that even Bleine and his brother, the king, didn’t know. The revelations bring an important new character into the story and I expect to see a lot more of him as the series progresses. There’s also lots of angst, pain, and potential for all kinds of betrayal.

The story pacing is steady and there are plenty of secondary characters scattered throughout. The personalities of Bleine and Sarler are pretty well-rounded considering the book’s length. I guess that’s one of my biggest complaints—the length. There’s so much crammed into Prince Claimed 82 print pages that the story of their relationship suffers. I wanted to know more—to feel more about what was going on with them. Don’t get me wrong, I think the story is entertaining and that the series has great possibilities. I believe more attention needs to be paid to the couple while building the world around them, even if that means the book needs to be longer.

For those of you bothered by dangling threads…be aware that there are lots left to be handled in the next release, so expect the story arc to be carried over.  I look forward to seeing what happens in the Thresl world next.

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