Published: January 7, 2021
Genre(s): fantasy, romance, LGBTQIA+
Read as: aARC
A jewel thief with magical powers…
Eighteen-year-old Will is a jewel thief with only one goal in life — to be rich. That’s why when he spots Aidan, the second prince of Ambrosia saving a peasant girl from royal guards, he steals the prince’s ruby bracelet. A few days later, Aidan stumbles into Will during a robbery, and the two strike a bargain.
Meets a prince with a secret…
Aidan is a prince torn between duty and desire. In a world where same-sex relationships are forbidden in the royal family, he is attracted to men. To make matters worse, his uncle is in possession of love letters that Aidan exchanged with his old lover. In a desperate attempt to retrieve the incriminating letters, Aidan hires Will.
A forbidden love that transcends time…
The unlikely partnership blossoms into something more but political tensions threaten to separate the lovers. Will’s loyalty lies with the rebels who want to overthrow the king, and Aidan is honor-bound to protect his family. Will they end up together or be torn apart by the hands of fate? (Goodreads)
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve waffled for several minutes on how to start this review. The beginning is always the hardest. Do you start with a summary? Do you talk about the characters first? Do you just jump straight in and start shouting about the plot? Every book is different and, I think, needs a slightly different touch. The first thing popping into my head with this one?
I thought it would be gayer.
First of all, I love fantasy romance and from the summary of this book it sounded like just my cup of tea. Then make it gay and I am THERE. I want my grubby weirdly small adult hands on it. Will, our jewel thief living in a run down part of the capital with the palace looming high above, is good at what he does. His parents died when he was just a baby and he was raised by a family who seem to love him but, let’s face it, also use him as a means to an end. Will seems like a good guy. He does what needs to be done with very little consequences. He comes across as hard working yet still carefree with a desire to just be happy.
Then we have Aiden, the prince. Aiden, I think, could do with a touch of editing. At first he seems like a strong, masculine type character who is slightly adrift with his place in the world. He isn’t the prince who will inherent the crown which makes him the prince who will be married off for political alliance. His character quickly devolves into a bit of a weak whiner. Everything puts a hitch in his giddy up and he lets everything get to him. He also does not seem like the brightest bulb on the tree. Do I like Aiden? Not really. But I wanted to.
Aiden hires Will to steal his love letters to a male member of the court from his pedophile uncle who is trying to blackmail him. They interact a lot during the period between hiring and executing the heist and I kept waiting for Gay Shit, however, there was some pining so I supposed that is something.
This book is rather short but the end sets itself up pretty nicely, and dramatically, for a series continuation and I’d be interested in picking up the next book when it comes out. The plot of this story is good but it does need expanded upon and the characters developed further. Overall, a good read and I would recommend it for people who enjoy fantasy romance that isn’t too heavy.