Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Contingency Plan
Author: Addison Albright
Heroes: Marcelo & Efren
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 30 pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: April 14, 2018
Available at: JMS Books & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A sheltered prince. A sudden death. An unexpected choice. How will Prince Marcelo react to discovering he’s The Contingency Plan?
For eighteen years, there has been peace between Sheburat and the kingdom of Zioneven. The untimely death of a princess throws the marriage arrangement — the final phase to complete the terms of the treaty — into disarray, and the contingency plan is put into motion. Now the Crown Prince of Zioneven gets to make his own choice from among the princess’s younger siblings.
As a rare royal son in the matriarchal sovereignty of Sheburat, Prince Marcelo grew up knowing he would never marry. Never. Royal sons did not marry. Period. Except, Prince Efren isn’t from Sheburat, and he has other plans.
I won’t go into much detail about this short story because I don’t want to give too much away. As it is, I feel like the blurb tells too much of the story. What I will say, is that this world was so intriguing. I loved the idea of a matriarchal society and enjoyed the fact that this one was about an arranged marriage. Everyone was so shocked that Prince Efren would pick Prince Marcelo instead of any of his sisters. I really loved that part and loved that Prince Marcelo was so naive and innocent.
However, while the world intrigued me, the characters were too flat, IMO. Honestly, this one had a lot of potential but I felt like it was too short to really do the book justice. As it was, I felt like the characters were too shallow and there was barely any depth to the world itself. It made me sad that this author created such an alluring world but didn’t go into details as the book deserved, IMO.
In the end, this was an interesting little short story. If it had been written as a novel or novella to really give the world and characters depth, it could have been an amazing story. At it is, I felt like it was over just when it was beginning. Hopefully, the author considers writing a sequel because there’s so much more that could be done with this world!
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*