Friday, December 15, 2017

Release Day Review: The Gryphon King’s Consort by Jenn Burke

gryphon king'sTitle ~ The Gryphon King’s Consort

Author ~ Jenn Burke

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 15th December 2017

Genre ~ M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy, Shifters

Rating

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Synopsis

Love takes flight.

The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.

Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.

 

Freya’s Review

At the death of The Gryphon King, Crown Prince Luca is thrust into pole position. On the same day, he is wed to the idealistic, Eirian - a man that was chosen for him and has never met. Luca has a past steeped in tradition and history. Eirian is modernistic in his approach. Both have the wellbeing of the kingdom in mind, and there is lust at first sight. But for their marriage to work, the two men need to compromise. If only they’d give each other a chance.

Set in Canada, take everything you know about today’s society and inject a race of people that live for hundreds of years and can shift into more than one animal.  There are centaurs and dragons too.  Very ingenious, as it gives the reader an immediate knowledge of the world created. To explain the backstory, and the Gryphon place in modern society, there is a clever interview in People magazine. I was rather amused by this since that particular publication is known for its ability garner some facts from the land of fantasy!!

The marriage harbours misunderstandings and adjustments that are expected when one person is selected for another. It doesn’t help when state business is a cock blocker. As a result, there are plenty of mixed messages and analysis of actions. One line that seems to fit both is ‘work with me, but don’t try to change me’. That line alone suggests an unwinnable situation as marriage naturally changes people. It also makes for some entertaining reading.

The story is well written, and although he isn’t in it much, I immediately liked Keefe, Eirian’s bond brother. He does not spare his words or their bluntness. There are also a couple of fairly obvious people in the frame for stirring the pot of discontent. The drama flows and isn’t forced. It also builds in intensity as the story progresses. Despite there being a Mother Priestess and understanding the origins, the constant use of the word ‘Mother’ through the manuscript became irritating.

The story contains many scenes of the type that I enjoy, and my heart stuttered more than once.

The Gryphon King’s Consort kept me entertained and wanting to read on.

Purchase Links

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Meet Jenn Burke 

Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.

Jenn is the author of The Gryphon King’s Consort from Dreamspinner Press and the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (with Kelly Jensen) from Carina Press. She’s also the author of Her Sexy Sentinel, a paranormal romance from Entangled Publishing.

She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.

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