Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Family of Lies: Sebastian
Author: Sam Argent
Heroes: Sebastian & Turren
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 324 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 18, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.
Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.
Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.
Sebastian’s not a hero but when he stumbles upon a dying man, he can’t help but heal him… only to find out later he’s healed the prince. So he does the only thing he can think of and drops him at a tavern and goes on her merry way. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t so willing to wash his hands of Sebastian, especially since he’s been trying to make things right between them for years. But with an assassin after the prince, and by association Sebastian, it gives the prince the perfect opportunity to get closer to Sebastian and woo the man he’s been in love with for years. But Sebastian has his doubts when it comes to Turren’s love for him… after all, how can you love someone when you’ve never seen their face?
This book was sooooooooooooo much fun! Right from the start I was drawn in and didn’t want to stop reading. I loved that Sebastian was such a grumpy pants and treated Turren like he was a commoner instead of royalty. It was amusing to see how much Turren got under Sebastian’s skin and how Sebastian would become more scathing as Turren got closer. At the same time, I loved that Turren tried so hard to woo Sebastian and when Sebastian finally caved and embraced his feelings for Turren, it was such a sweet moment! As a couple, I thought they were hilarious and sweet; their bickering had me chuckling and I just adored the fact that Sebastian didn’t have any manners or respect when it came to royalty.
I really, really looooooved this one but I felt like this book was a hot mess! Numerous times people or places were brought up like the reader was already supposed to know who or what they were when they were never introduced. Add to that, a lot of the time I couldn’t really follow Sebastian’s train of thoughts or dialogue with other characters because they just would come out of nowhere and talk about something or jump to a conclusion that had nothing to do with what was going on. It was hard to follow at times so I stopped following and just went along for the ride. Beyond that, I felt like the ‘conflict’ and overall reveal of the ‘curse’ and everything revolving around that was too simplistic. It was obvious (to me) from the start where things were going and how they’d play out. I also didn’t like that Sebastian constantly broke his word. I mean, I was fine with him lying but it annoyed me that he would promise not to do something and within an hour or two, he’d break that word and do whatever he promised not to do. It grew slightly annoying.
With that said, I couldn’t help but enjoy this one. It’s a lot of fun with characters who are both likable and hate worthy. I loved the whole ‘curse’ aspect of the story (even though I was able to predict what would happen next) and really adored seeing it all play out. It was just so entertaining and amusing! I hope the author considers writing more books in this world because I’d love to see Kraven get a story!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*