Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Soldati Prince
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: Soldati Hearts #1
Heroes: Riley & Khalon
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 97 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2016 (second edition)
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.
Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.
One night is all it takes for Riley’s ordinary life to be turned upside down. One moment he’s in a coffee shop and the next, he’s taken to another dimension and being told he’s destined to be the mated prince of the shifter king, Khalon. But while Riley’s trying to figure out if everything’s real, Khalon’s determined to get the priestess to take back his mark on a human. When they’re attacked by demons, it forces them to hunker down in a village and get to know each other. Which begs the question, if they survive the attack, will they still want to go their separate ways?
This was a totally fun book! I liked that it started off so engagingly! Before I knew it, I was caught up in the story and eager to see what happened next. I loved that there was such hostility from Khalon and how Riley kept trying to rile him up. Riley was so sweet and caring and Khalon was so brusque and aggressive but when they both settled down and really let themselves get to know one another, they were so sweet and cute together, i just loved them!
While I really enjoyed this book, I wish it had been longer because I still have questions left unanswered. For example, is Riley still a Saugur? Why is it so taboo for a servant to be with a Soldati but it’s not taboo for a king to be with a human? I also wish we could have gotten to see more of Riley and Khalon getting to know each other instead of some of it being told of them getting closer.
In the end, I still really enjoyed this one. I loved that Riley and Khalon had a rocky start but then got closer together. I loved the world Charlie created and can’t wait for the next book to come out. I’m hoping this won’t be the last of Riley and Khalon’s story, though, because I do want to get a little deeper into their relationship. Definitely give this a go if you’ve enjoyed Charlie’s writing so far!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*