Title: His Consort
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Length: 284 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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.
So what do you do when one of your all-time favorite authors writes a new book that's about a subject that's not on your go-to list of favorites? Well if that author is none other than the ever fabulous Mary Calmes you read the book anyway! I'll be honest, vampire books are not my usual thing, but when I found out Mary was going to be writing one, I knew I was going to read it. And boy am I glad I did! His Consort is every single thing I love about a Mary Calmes book with the added spiciness of blood, a teeny bit of violence, and the New Orleans setting was perfect for the vibe of the story.
Mary is the QUEEN of single, first person POV and I fell in love with Jason right away. He's an ex-Special Forces soldier and has moved to New Orleans for a new start. It doesn't take long for him to start noticing the unusual things around him. The unusual things are, of course, vampyrs. I really enjoyed the way Mary gave us the back story and the world building she did to set the scene. Yes, it was a lot of information but in her usual way, it flowed seamlessly and really helped immerse me into the world and the story. Jason is adorable and in typical Mary fashion, finds himself in the midst of trouble without even knowing how he got there. The thing about a Calmes book is you know what you're going to get without even reading the first page. It doesn't make her books ordinary though, and even though there is insta-love and a huge cast of secondary characters with lots of humor and sexy times and sharp, fast paced dialogue, each book of hers is just so much fun. His Consort is no different. Yeah, once Jason figures out what's going on around him and that vampyrs are among his daily life, it doesn't take him long to become a central figure. Enter the vampyr prince, Varic. These two had chemistry like whoa and with the added element of blood and being a mate and the paranormal, it was even more intense.
This is a fun book. There was lots of action, lovable characters who I want more of *hint Mary ... Hadrian and Tiago please and thank you!* , and a swoony romance that was to die for. I am so glad Mary tried something new and I can only hope this is the first book of a series because I know I'm not alone in wanting more of this world.
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