The Prince's Groom

KT Grant
The Prince's Groom
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Publisher
Ravenous Romance
Release Date
November 2010
ISBN
9781607773702
Series
Book 2 of N/A
Genre
Historical Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Mr. Martin, the former first mate of an infamous pirate captain is mourning the loss of his young lover. He and Thomas de Fleurre, an exiled prince turned gentleman landowner, had a passionate affair on a tropical island paradise for a very short time. Thomas decides to end their relationship since Martin is a wanted man on the run for a twenty-year-old crime he didn't commit.

Thomas longs for the frank speaking Martin, who not only ravaged his body, but his heart and soul. He has moved on, finding happiness in the arms of another man, but can't stop thinking about those hot steamy nights where Martin made his every fantasy become a reality.

Martin's past comes back to haunt him as he arrives on Thomas's doorstep to finish what they started. And then Martin puts his life on the line to save Thomas from an unstable woman who is obsessed with claiming Thomas as her own.

With a dangerous highwayman also terrorizing the land who has close ties to Martin, Thomas becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse. It's up to Martin to save Thomas and hope they can sail away on their tide of passion, where he will end up being the Prince's groom.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Mar 17, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
125 people found the following review helpful
THE PRINCE'S GROOM is the first book that I read by KT Grant and I enjoyed it. While I normally begin my reviews with a synopsis of the plot and a rundown of the accolades, I want to note that this was a difficult book for me to rate. There are so many aspects that go into assigning a rating and I take that responsibility very seriously. Authors work so hard on creating the stories that we spend time reading. With all of that effort and time investment, I think it's important to be honest and forthright, otherwise, why read a reviewer's opinion. If I could have given half star ratings, this would have been a 3.5 star book for me. Now I'll give a detailed explanation why.

Ms. Grant produced a book in which the two main love interest characters were very human in their feelings, thoughts, and actions. Each had their own baggage that they brought to the relationship and both allowed their baggage to bring an abrupt end to their month-long fling during the first two chapters of the book. We then jump forward a year and reacquaint ourselves with the two characters and we experience their pain and the shell of people they have become without the other one in their lives.

Thomas de Fleurre is a twenty-something aristocrat who has travelled to a remote island to celebrate his sister's wedding to another woman. In their homeland, homosexuality is frowned upon, so this remote location is the perfect place for his sister. He, on the other hand, feels a responsibility to his duties at home and can't live as an openly gay man.

Martin, which is his last name and we don't learn his first name for quite some time, is a middle-aged, rugged, masculine man who has spent half his life on the run. When Thomas asks him to return to the homeland with him, Martin not only cannot do so due to the bounty on his head, but doesn't want to be a kept man, living secrets. If he's going to be with Thomas, he's going to be with him openly.

What I love about the book is how well Ms. Grant portrayed these men, their internal battles, and their feelings for one another. The emotions were visceral and real and I was drawn in immediately to their relationship. She has truly created a couple who you desperately want to see succeed.

With that being said, the book was written in a manner that resembled a soap opera or a movie where several pieces are moving in tandem and slowly work their way together until the story reaches its climax at the end. There are several other important characters, each with their own sub-plots. Each sub-plot is fleshed out so as you read, you are following several stories at one. While they are interconnected, it is a lot and unusual within this genre. That doesn't make it bad unusual, but it is certainly different.

What I found to be a weakness was how Ms. Grant chose to shift points of view with each chapter and frequently several times within a chapter. Shifting point of view between two main characters is typical. Sometimes an author juggles three, but in THE PRINCE'S GROOM, we are inside the heads of several characters. For me, this took away from the central storyline of Thomas and Martin's journey. Had Ms. Grant chosen to remain within just those two points of view, we still could have watched the story unfold, but we wouldn't have had to follow so many story lines and characters with as much detail as we did. I must stress that this is simply my opinion. To the author's credit, the point of view was handled flawlessly and there was never confusion about who was telling the story at each shift.

I also don't tend to read stories that are somewhat historical or harlequin in nature. Although the time period was never specifically stated, there was an old English sort of feel to the book. There were no cars, only horses and carriages. The clothing seemed old English as did the speech patterns. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the tone and mood established throughout. As I read, I got a feeling like the Cinderella movie Ever After with Drew Barrymore. That set and feel was what I pictured in my mind as I read.

All in all, this was a fun read. It would be a great book to read over a vacation or to escape from the heady thoughts and troubles of your day or life. Books like this have a place and THE PRINCE'S GROOM fills that place beautifully.
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