Book Reviews

Barely Regal (Rosavia Royals 5) by E. Davies

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Fantasy / Blue-Collar Workers / Fairy Tales / Royalty/Nobility / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 02-July-2020

Book Blurb

A bratty boy prince needs: a firm but fair Daddy.

Prince Renford is a royal brat. Nineteen and last in line for the throne, Wren hates his made-up job: Commander of Roses. Good thing his long-time valet has a firm hand—if only Wren could tempt him to break all palace protocol and use it.

Thom Pierce is sixteen years older. Old enough to know he should ignore his prince's less-than-subtle flirtation. He's been burned by a higher-ranked boy before. His job and reputation are at stake if the palace catches a scandal unfolding under their noses.

Wren needs the part of Thom that he's kept locked away for years. If the young prince wants to be taken as seriously as his older brothers, he has to grow up fast. Thom's rules could help Wren become the man Thom knows he can be in time for the Royal Ball... or they could attract the very attention that forces them apart forever.

Welcome to the tiny European country of Rosavia, where roses ramble over alpine slopes and princes fall for the men of their dreams. Every Rosavia Royals book happens simultaneously, so books can be read on their own, or in any order... but keep an eye out for familiar faces around the palace!

Book Review

We have now arrived at the story of Wren, the fifth and youngest of the Rosavian princes – and the only story written by a male author. [An extended (and perhaps pointless) discussion of the intrinsic differences in male vs. female literary creation will be deferred for another universe.] Nonetheless, I'll let each reader decide whether switching authorship from DIStaff to HIS-Staff may be more than coincidental for enjoyment as we delve into the world of Domination and Subordination.


Wren is presented as a combination of young sex symbol and family joker, who “defied expectations and tormented those around him, but (who) craved structure more than even he understood in himself yet.” As he exits his adolescence, Wren is crushing on his valet, Thom. Wren aggressively teases Thom, dragging Thom toward inappropriately crossing a societal line between them. Together, much as the famous Rosavian roses, they each are coming into seasonal bloom. Mr. Davies so very nicely limns Wren’s growth into a young man who is beginning to understand his need to be controlled, to be given direction. And Thom, after years of self-repression, is again forced to acknowledge his drive to be in charge of a sub. We get to watch as Thom teaches Wren what their mutual drives will actually mean to their lives. Unlike too many entries in the fetish literature, ‘Barely Regal’ is a slowly evolving story: its erotic nature is presented, layer by layer, in a way that educates both Wren and the readers, rather than smacking us with gross examples of rabid heat. But, have no fear – they do it, and do it in wonderful detail.


The prospective reader should be aware that, as in better fetish literature, the main characters’ D&S relationship is offered clearly as more a matter of mind over libido, more an expression of love than just warped lust. As Wren states, their coming together this way is “not just kink. It’s love. I love you, Thom.” Mr. Davies accomplishes to lay out that difficult proposition most beautifully.

Each book in the series bears the mark of distinct authorship. While all are deserving of the fine rating offered, ‘Barely Regal’ is, in my opinion, surely the best written and most fun.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 272 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-June-2020
Price $4.99 ebook
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