Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Swan Prince by Erin Lark

Title: Swan Prince
Author: Erin Lark
Source: Entangled Edge
Genre: Paranormal Romance, M/M
Length: Novella
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

Trapped between his royal heritage and swan shifter status, Oliver doesn't pay close
attention during his flock's winter migration, and gets caught in the crosshairs of a trigger-happy hunter.

Careening toward the ground with no place to go, Oliver submits to his human form. As his swan's feathers recede, he seeks shelter in an old barn.

Bastion's spent the better part of his adult life caring for a bunch of bullheaded stallions, but this is the first time he's ever found a naked and gorgeous man in one of his stalls. When he asks the man his name, he doesn't get a reply. Without a wallet or a voice to tell him who this stranger is, Bastion takes Oliver in, clothes him and tends to a mysterious wound.

Oliver has nowhere else to go. Bastian is in a bind after firing a farmhand who would much rather call in sick than do his job. When passion flares, can Bastion and Oliver overcome their differences, or will this swan prince fly south?
This was a very enjoyable story.  I haven't seen any swan shifters (at least not that I remember) so this one really caught my eye.  The lore is pretty basic, but it is also unique.  Oliver is royalty in his flock and finds it stifling.  When he takes off on his own and gets shot down, he is rescued and patched up - in mute human form - by Bastion (love that name).

Bastion has an old soul.  He is more comfortable with his horses than he is with people - perfectly content to live out in the middle of nowhere and take care of his equine charges.  Until he discovers a naked man in the barn.  Since Oliver can't talk they get to know each other through gestures and written notes at first.  Somehow, even with this very basic form of "talking" they get to know each other quite well.

Oliver is torn though.  He knows he has responsibilities to his flock, but he can't seem to walk away from the handsome man that has become a part of his life.  I have found that M/M romances can be some of the more emotional ones, and this one delivered on that part.  I loved both men, and wanted so much for them to find a way to be with each other.

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