In Despair

Megan Derr
In Despair
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Less Than Three Press LLC
Release Date
July 2014
Book 3 of Princes of the Blood
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry.

Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé's triumph is met with anger and rejection …

Book Review by Carly (Carly's Book Reviews) (reviewer)
Aug 05, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
131 people found the following review helpful
Lessons learned in the past influence the future in powerful ways. This fact is especially true for Telmé and Korin, as their past changed them in exceptional ways.

IN DESPAIR picks up where the first book in this series, Of Last Resort, left off. Transitioning back in time, it then tells the tale of the traumatic sequence of events alluded to in the previous books that brought Telmé and Korin to where they are today.

Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been destined to become a Prince of the Blood since birth. His passion and dedication to his calling is second only to the powerful emotions he feels for his fiance and future husband, Korin. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin, and while he can't deny his attraction to Korin's physical appearance, Telmé is disgusted by Korin's haughty and prideful attitude.

As High Priest in training, Korin has spent years being groomed to lead the Temple of the Sacred Three. While peace and tranquility are essential to his calling, Korin can't seem to overcome the anger and resentment he feels towards his future husband. The man just can't seem to stop making Korin appear as a fool to those who are supposed to respect his future position.

Poised on the brink of adulthood, both young men are in imminent danger of causing irreparable damage to their already rocky relationship.

IN DESPAIR is my favorite in this series to date. With a slower pace than the previous books, it has the feel of a prequel in that it answers many of the questions readers may have had in regards to the history of the Princes of the Blood that had only been hinted at previously. It is the coming of age story of the two men we have gotten to know as the fierce and confident leaders of Tria Noor. The dramatic adventures I've come to expect from this series are contrasted with the raw emotionalism of Telmé and Korin's relationship. I couldn't have been more pleased with the way this series ended.
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