Author ~ Layla Dorine
Publisher ~ Wayward Ink Publishing
Published ~ 4th December 2015
Genre ~ Historical Fantasy M/M Romance
All of his life, Caden DeMott’s mismatched eyes have made him the target of superstition and scorn. Though he is the son of a nobleman, he’s been allowed to run free over the hills and moors, mostly ignored by his family. No one ever thought to inform him that he had been betrothed since infancy, until the day his fiancé, Prince Rhys Gwyther arrived to marry him.
Rhys is the prince of the small island country of Mauritania, a land rich in gems, rose oil, and pearls, but poor in skilled artisans and seeds to grow crops. In order to further cement the trade route to the mainland, he’s been sent to marry a man he’s never met, and bring him back to Mauritania. Unfortunately, an accident years before has left Rhys with a lot of emotional baggage and very little trust in strangers.
But trust is exactly what Caden and Rhys are going to need if they are to make a life together, and help unravel the mystery of who’s been smuggling valuable gems and pearls off the island. Add in the realization that Caden’s stepmother, Mildred and her island representative, Maxwell, have been importing inferior goods for years, forcing Mauritania to become more dependent on them, and trust becomes even more difficult.
Caden possesses the knowledge to finally allow Rhys’ father to unravel the plot to ruin Mauritania, but only if the king and his son are willing to put their faith in Caden’s loyalty to his new home. Something that is difficult to do after Caden is accused of cheating on his marriage vows to Rhys with his guard, Luc. Will Rhys believe him innocent? Or will their marriage be over before it truly has a chance to begin?
Well what can I say about this story. It enchanted me from the first paragraph to the last. I couldn’t put it down. It took me twelve hours straight to read from cover to cover and I don’t regret a minute of it. The author took me on an emotional journey as well as a literary one. I came to care for the primary and secondary characters, especially Luc. The world Layla created was one I totally sank into. It wasn’t all roses. There was good, evil, hero’s, action … hell everything I love in a good read. To get top marks from me, a story has to contain all the drama the blurb promised - some love and tenderness and has to give my emotions a good workout. This story delivered.
If I had to have a gripe about anything, it would be the authors’ use of one of my least favorite phrases – needless to say. It’s a phrase I find redundant considering the author said what was needless to say. But, each to his own and I can forgive, due to how totally riveting the story is. I was sorry to see it end.
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