Book Reviews

Shanghaied (Mate of the Tyger Prince 4) by Shannon West at Dark Hollows Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Other Planets / Outer Space / MPreg / Shifters / Interspecies / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-May-2017

Book Blurb

Prince Vannos is sick and tired of being sheltered and treated like a child. He’s a warrior and in his opinion, it’s high time he was treated like one. When he’s invited to a party by one of his older friends, he decides to slip away from his guards, even though his father, Blake, has forbidden it. The next thing he knows, he’s been drugged and kidnapped and is on his way to the planet of Moravia, an insular world, whose people are suspicious and hate outsiders.  When Vannos learns why he’s going and what awaits him there, panic sets in, but it’s already far too late.

 

Soon he arrives on the mysterious planet, surrounded by strangers who don’t know his real identity, but if he tells the truth about who he really is, harm will come to his family at home. Forced into a charade, Vannos has to marry the king of Moravia, a handsome warrior king named Stefan. He must also pretend to be a man who is far more worldly in every way. When the truth is inevitably revealed, the king is angered by the idea that the Tygerians tried to force a political alliance on him and refuses to give Vannos a divorce or allow any member of the royal family to visit him. Redmond is dispatched to act as a go-between and he finds much more waiting for him than just a lovestruck and unhappy prince in this distant world. The two young men must fight their way to happiness through a confusing maze of romance, murder and intrigue, and Vannos and his king learn that you have to be very careful what you wish for in life, because you just might get more than you ever bargained for.


Book Review

'Shanghaied' is book four in the 'Mate of the Tyger Prince' series and I can't state strongly enough that I do not recommend these books be read as standalones. With that in mind, I'm not going to repeat much of the culture and history that I have mentioned in my reviews for the previous three installments. This book revolves around Prince Vannos, Anarr's twin, and he's been just as sheltered and kept uninformed as his brother was. I adore Blake, but if he didn't restrict them so much, his "boys" might not have gotten into so much trouble.

“Due to your really rather astonishing likeness to me, you’re on your way to Moravia to marry King Stefan in my place.” He waited while Vannos got his spluttering and breathing under control.
“What are you talking about, Nilz? Damn it, explain yourself!”

Ah, Vannos. Didn't you wonder why this cousin you barely knew suddenly started spending time with you? Oh dear. Blake is gonna scream louder than he did when he found Anarr on a chain gang. Of course, all of this is happening at the hands of ARes, because it would be too easy for them to have been completely defeated yet. Poor Vannos. He is not a good actor and trying to impersonate his rude, condescending, whore cousin, Nilz, is not a challenge he thinks he can pull off. And, sure enough, once they hit the wedding night, Stefan isn't fooled, and all bets are off.

Mikos and Davos send Redmond to Moravia to find out the status of Prince Vannos's health and well-being, while Blake throws a temper tantrum the likes of which Tygeria has never seen. Redmond is dismayed by several things when he arrives, but primarily by Stefan's second in command, Tallon, who infuriates Redmond and has him incredibly flustered, and by the attempt on Vannos's life. Now they must all work together to figure out what is going on. Granted, they have no idea that Blake is working his own way to his son, without even Davos or Mikos being aware, and hell hath no fury like this human father. If I were Stefan I'd be a tad concerned.

I really loved this installment. There was action adventure, mystery, and fabulous sexy times. But I really adored Vannos's innocence and his way of looking at the world in such a realistic fashion (very black and white). Redmond was a wonderful surprise and I was so glad to get to know him better, and now that I know the next book features him and Tallon, I can't wait. Stefan was exactly what I expected and I was happy to see him and Vannos work everything out. A truly fantastic series that I highly recommend.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 230 pages/82113 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-January-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link http://www.paintedheartspublishing.com/shanghaied