Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Royal Love

Title: Royal Love
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-399-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Life is back to normal at Winfield House for David Windsor and his husband, ex-Secret Service Agent Shane Thompson-Windsor.  Their son, Jack is doing well after being rescued from kidnappers, increased security has been put in place to prevent further problems and they’re back in an official routine. The new surprise in their life is the close relationship of the president’s son, Airmen Darren Wilson with Prince Michael.

Darren and Michael spend as much free time together as possible. Sometimes it’s at a trendy local nightspot, while others are weekends at one of the many country houses owned by the royal family. Under the scrutiny of Darren’s ever present security, their friendship turns to love. The questions looming before them—what will Darren’s mother, the President say? What will the King say?

Royal Love is the newest release by multi-published author John Simpson. It’s a new angle to his Condor One series. I admit I’m thrilled the characters I’m so much invested in aren’t done as I’d thought. With this new book we still get to see David and Shane, but also move into the next generation with the love story of Darren and Michael. It’s a creative segue into making the younger guys the main focus of what I can only assume will be more books in the future—which is certainly okay with me. 

I love the romantic way Michael ‘courted’ Darren. It’s fun, sexy and old-fashioned with a modern twist I really enjoyed, and while they grew closer we got to watch their personalities mature and develop. I thought it was nicely done. The descriptions are good, particularly those at the royal houses. Did I mention how sexy and occasionally goofy these two lovers are at times—they’re just so cute together. As you can probably tell, this book is all about getting Darren and Michael together, so there isn’t much in the way of outside conflict. I’m alright with that. With these two men being in the public eye, there’s a lot going on around them and that means many secondary characters weaving in and out of nearly every scene. But trust me it didn’t get confusing, it just added a little extra richness to a fun and entertaining plot. I can’t wait to see what happens to these two in the future. What danger and mischief they can get into working for the King. Enjoy.

1 comment:

William North said...

Thank you Dragon, I appreciate the review and am very pleased you liked the deeper introduction of the "next generation."

John Simpson