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Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father's debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself and the dragons who control the magic in the land.

Becoming royalty wasn't something Jasen either expected or wanted, but he can't control his growing feelings for the kind and handsome king. Scheming factions at Court conspire to keep him from Rilvor's side, and now, Jasen has to decide if the chance at true love with Rilvor is worth the burden of being the husband of a king.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Sera Trevor (P)2018 Tantor

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Philip Alces really impresses!

First let me say, that I will absolutely be looking for this author in the future and second, that I had no idea Philip Alces had that accent (his own? Dunno... but it was wonderful!)

However, I didn’t love this story.

I did love the premise – Cinderella with dragons. I didn’t love that Jasen was a “slut” before we got to meet Rilvor and the steam factor in this is so low. Maybe that’s hypocritical – but my own taste would have been keep to one theme or the other. Keep Jasen and the sex scenes chaste or give us some hot smexy times!

I never read the “short version” and only listened to this, so I can’t compare, but I really do wish we’d seen more from Rilvor’s POV. I also hope that , since so much time went into world building, we’ll see more from this world in the future.

The writing was really good and as far as I could tell so was the editing.

As I mentioned before Philip Alces nailed all the accents and really put the listener in a great frame to appreciate this story/time in place. The secondary characters were good, though some of them I knew better than the 2nd MC.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this and found myself happily listening without a desire to skip ahead. Well-done!


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AbFan!

Absolutely Fantastic, that is!
I love fantasy and this story brought a new world to light. As much as I love the occasional erotic love scene, I’m really glad this story wasn’t graphic in that sense. Instead, the lovely story carried the book.
Phillip Alces does his usual fantastic job of this performance as well. He is simply amazing!

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  • Kathleen
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 07-27-18

Not as good as the 2014 novella

2.5 stars overall

I think it was the absolutely marvelous narrator, Philip Alces, who unwittingly helped highlight what's wrong with this expanded version of a favorite novella. In my review of the most recent version of the ebook, I quoted fellow Goodreads reviewer Cleo who put one of my strongest issues with this longer version into a better synopsis than I could muster: “I felt like the MC turned into a completely useless Disney princess type character - honest, beautiful, trusting, and with less sense of self preservation than one of my houseplants.” Where was this guy's backbone? I can't remember the last time I rolled my eyes so much and was this disgusted with a protagonist who truly was a gutless wonder. As I said in my review of the expanded book, I did NOT feel this way with the 2014 novella.

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Enjoyable

Pretty good, but Jacen can be an annoying doormat at times. I loved the narration.

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A delightful and heart warming story

First I will say what this isn't. It's not about shifters, there is no graphic sex and it's isn't boring.
What it is about is love acceptance, jealousy and understanding. About a king who has a connection to dragons to keep peace. Looking for a consort after the death of his wife. A boy who shouldn't be in the running but finds himself the object of desire by the king. It's about overcoming expectations and acceptance for what's in your heart.
I do recommend this book. I would consider it G or PG depending on how open you are. I would also say that it's can be considered YA because it doesn't get graphic with the one sex scene and there are no curse words. Sometimes it's nice just to read a good story without all the adult stuff.

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Awesome

The story is incredible. The adventure is wonderful, and believable. The author did a great job bringing us into the story.

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Really good

At first I was a little unsure as I listened to the narrator in the sample, but the story really interested me so desided to get it. And wasnt I pleasantly suprised! The narrator was really good, he did an exelent job with all the charachters and I even liked his "female" voice. Can with certanty say he made the story even better than if I had read it myself. Defenately getting more from Philip Alces in the future!

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  • 09-07-18

Very cute and nice listen

Recommend for a light and heart warming entertainment seeker. Would have loved it to be more developed, especially the kings pov would have been nice, but still overall a nice listen.

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  • Eisenthal
  • 07-16-18

The audible is as good as the book!

Loved the book and it translated well into audible. New narrator for me and he spoke in a very convincing English accent. He might well be English but I had a cringe moment every time he said bade or forbade... it’s not pronounced bad/ for-bad. It’s a split digraph ffs! It rhymes with made not mad!
That’s the only reason for the 4*