Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: His Consort
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Jason & Caric
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 284 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: his quaint little store attracts a devoted staff and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He’s perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying… and utterly mesmerizing.
The prince of the vampyrs, Varic Maedoc, is visiting New Orleans when he finds out the man who once helped his counselor is there in the Quarter. He thinks to simply meet and thank Jason—until he lays eyes on him. Varic’s devoted himself to protect the honor of his race, and he’s never wanted a mate before… but he immediately knows he must have this man, and no one else will do.
Varic may want to bring Jason safely into his world, but someone who doesn’t like the human’s soothing influence on vampyrs has deadly plans that would disrupt Varic’s dreams. Now, unable to tell friend from foe, Jason finds himself wondering how to hold on to the prince’s heart when he’s fighting for his life.
I’m a bit biased when it comes to Mary Calmes stories and this one is no different for me. I absolutely adored it and was sucked in as soon as I started reading it. I loved reading about Jason and how he’s come to New Orleans. I love how charming and how he’s so soothing to others. I couldn’t get enough of the tale Ms. Calmes spun and really enjoyed seeing how he comes to meet Varic. I won’t go into much detail about the story itself but I will say that I enjoyed the world this book was set in and the differing vampires and their issues together. I loved seeing Jason as a mediator of sorts and how everyone was drawn to him. And then experience the bond that develops between Varic and Jason.
I really enjoyed this one, it was a lot of fun, but I had a few issues with it. For one, I felt like whenever Jason and Varic were about to, or should have, talked they ended up having sex instead. Add to that, the ending zipped right on by and I felt like it left me with more questions than answers. Also, I hated that Varic didn’t show up until at least 40% because it didn’t make me feel like they really knew each other in the end.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved Jason as a character and even though Varic is still an enigma, I loved them together. I also was really intrigued by this world and while I had a few issues with the story overall, I couldn’t get enough of it once I started. I hope this isn’t the last we see of these two because I think there’s still so much potential in this world and in their story together.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*