Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Swan Prince
Author: Erin Lark
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 149 Pages
Publisher: Entangled: Edge
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Trapped between his royal heritage and swan shifter status, Oliver doesn’t pay close attention during his flock’s winter migration, and gets caught in the crosshairs of a trigger-happy hunter.
Careening toward the ground with no place to go, Oliver submits to his human form. As his swan’s feathers recede, he seeks shelter in an old barn.
Bastion’s spent the better part of his adult life caring for a bunch of bullheaded stallions, but this is the first time he’s ever found a naked and gorgeous man in one of his stalls. When he asks the man his name, he doesn’t get a reply. Without a wallet or a voice to tell him who this stranger is, Bastion takes Oliver in, clothes him and tends to a mysterious wound.
Oliver has nowhere else to go. Bastian is in a bind after firing a farmhand who would much rather call in sick than do his job. When passion flares, can Bastion and Oliver overcome their differences, or will this swan prince fly south?
When swan shifter, Oliver, is shot while flying on his way to catching up with his flock, he’s forced into shifting from his swan form into a human and take shelter in a nearby barn. Unfortunately, with the forced shift, it’s left Oliver not only injured but mute. When Bastion, the owner of the barn, finds Oliver, he’s skeptic of the strange man but concerned enough to help and let Oliver stay with him as he heals. What Oliver assumed would only be one night turns into much more when his injury takes longer to heal than he expected. On top of that, the attraction between Oliver and Bastion is almost too much to ignore but they both know Oliver isn’t staying. But as time goes by, it gets harder for them to part and when the time finally comes, will Oliver chose to fulfill his responsibilities or go with his heart and stay with Bastion?
This was SUCH a cute story. I was drawn in from the start when Oliver was injured and Bastion found him. I loved that Bastion was such a generous guy and took Oliver in when he had nothing to offer. When he meets Oliver, he’s confused how a naked man could get into his barn when it’s so cold outside but right from the start, their connection is obvious. Oliver learns pretty quickly that Bastion is his mate but it’s hard for either on them to act on their feelings because of the pain the eventual separation may cause them, especially Bastion. I loved that Bastion was such a sweet guy and he cared so much for not only Oliver as a human but Oliver as a swan… at least after he finally accepted that Oliver was a swan. Oliver is more vulnerable and scared but he’s sort of funny. He’s also mute which made communicating together very hard, even more so when he’s a swan! But I loved those moments of Bastion and Swan Oliver because they weren’t just cute but they were funny, too!
I really enjoyed this one but I seriously wished there had been more of Oliver’s shifter society incorporated into the story. I LOVED the fact that he was stuck as a swan for a part of the book but I missed experiencing his journey to his flock, what happened with the flock and how everything regarding Oliver’s mate being a human went down with the rest of the flock. I felt like because we weren’t shown that part of Oliver’s life that something in the story was missing.
Overall, this was still a lovely read. I loved the fact that Oliver and Bastion got along so well and there were definitely a few laughs in the story especially when Oliver was a swan. It’s a cute, sweet story that has just a touch of a slow-burn romance but, due to its length, is still a bit fast in the love department. If you’re looking for a story that’s quick and easy to read with a different type of shifter, give this one a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*