I have had my eyes on this one for a while and so when I saw the sign-up for the ARC Team I knew I had to sign up ASAP. I am so happy that I can be part of the ARC team and promote this book + read and review it! EEP!
In this book it is time for Hal to go on a quest, he is now of age and that means he gets two personal guards and that he has to go on a quest. Though this quest goes from just exciting to also very spicy as the two guards are just HOT and OH LALA. I loved how the novella was quests along with acceptation along with sexy times. Lots of sexy times.
Those who know me know that I am generally not the type of girl who likes instalove or instalust. But I have to be honest? It worked so well here? I mean, I couldn’t help but just ship the heck out of the two guards and our prince. I just wanted them to be together and I was totally agreeing with Hal, his wishes did come true. Instantly. I just loved the chemistry between Hal and his guards and that is why I definitely didn’t mind the insta-fill-in-what-is-necessary this time. Not at all. I am glad things went faster! Haha. Funny how that can change per book.
I also loved that Hal was trans. What I loved even more is how the guards were accepting about it and how many others around Hal accepted him. As a prince. As a man. Never once did they misgender him, they made him feel comfortable during the sex, when they went skinny dipping and Hal was worried about them thinking wrongly of him as he still has the outside of a girl, the guards talked to him and made him feel at ease, and then one time one of the guards even calling Hal’s vagina a cock which I just found so sweet of them to say (hope that this doesn’t sound weird, in my head it sounded all right). They gave him time and space and made sure to take all the precautions… or well, almost all given that they went a bit far at one time and had to head to a healer/doctor to get some um potions. Because Hal is a guy, but still has all the woman bits, and that means one needs precautions during sex.
The author also showed us that Hal wasn’t always comfortable in his skin, which is logical. Hal is 100% a guy, but when he looks in the mirror he sees boobs and a vagina. Throughout the book we see his struggles, see that he gets anxious/his mental health dives low, I just wanted to give him a big hug. I am glad that he had people around him that were there for him. Like Siegfried the butler who even helped Hal come out to his parents and made sure that he could be a prince, and not the princess.
Hal was a fantastic character, I really liked him. So sweet. But I also loved both the guards and how kind they were. How they both fell for the prince. How they both tried to be there for him. Protecting him… but also having some fun times with him! Plus, I loved how we learn quite a bit about each of these characters. It is a short book, but you really get to know them!
The sex scenes, OH WOW, those are SPICY. Be sure to bring something cool along because you are going to need it. The prince and his guards are really into it and it was fab, but it was also making me very hot and flustered, haha. We got sexy shower scenes and sexy bed scenes, plus some other scenes that may not go that far, but oh boy. fans herself The author really knows how to write a sex scene and I love it.
While I knew that this was just the first in the series I had kinda expected a bit better ending, more closed, still ready for the next, but still tying up the threads in this one. Now we are in the midst of a battle, something exciting happens, and the book is over! I was so confused.
But despite the unexpected ending and some parts that felt like going a bit fast, I did have a lot of fun with this one and I flew right through it. Fab characters, great sex scenes, a world I would love to discover more of, love the acceptance, yes, I would highly recommend this wonderful and fun book to all. I cannot wait for the next one!