Title: Royal Surrender
Author: Perci T. Brooks
Genre: Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Prince Amory longs to find his true love.
Néstor Awada wants to be a servant no longer.
Both yearn to find the man with whom they could fall in love.
Each doubts their dream will come true.
When word reaches Amory that his father is mistreating a new servant, he goes to save him.
Prince and servant try to fight their growing feelings for each other to no avail.
But is their love strong enough to breach the chasm forced on them by society?
Amory rubbed his eyes, leaning back in his chair. He wasn’t sure of the time, but knew it was late. Covyll had come to check on him and brought him dinner. Amory had asked after Néstor and how he was doing. The young man had eaten dinner and was lying in bed reading, Covyll reported. Amory was thinking he should get to bed as well.
“You okay, Amory?”
“I thought you went to bed, Covyll.”
His advisor sat on the desk. “You know my day doesn’t end until you are in bed.” He leaned forward until their lips were an inch apart. “Or later, if you want me to help you with anything.” He bent closer and licked Amory’s lips.
“Not tonight, Covyll.”
Covyll sat back. “You have already developed a crush on him, haven’t you?”
“On whom?” It was a weak protest, and Amory knew it.
“Néstor, and I can see why. He’s lovely. Vulnerable, yet there is a spark in him. He could easily captivate a man.”
“He said my father watched. What type of sick fool watches a man forcing himself on another? I’m appalled at that, Covyll. I want to take Néstor out of here and live on my estate.”
Covyll stood and paced. “Let me ask you this. If Néstor were to develop feelings for you as well, to the point where he confessed his love to you, and if he asked you to renounce your royal status, would you do it?”
Amory arched a brow. “Putting the cart before the horse, aren’t you?”
This one was interesting for me. I liked the story and the writing, for the most part. I enjoyed the plot and the character development, but there was something nagging at me.
This nagging forced me to look deep within myself. At first I thought it was the style of language used that irked me a little. It did and it still does. The language is flowy in that ultra-dramatic-romantic language. It’s not ’o my taste. I’m sure many readers will find it to theirs,
After reading part of it again, I realized that the description of the characters , what I perceived the characters to be, conflicted with the flowery language used. I didn’t like it. I thought maybe it was a bit of prejudice shining through, and I certainly didn’t like knowing that about myself. It seemed to me some of the characters were acting far too feminine for how they were being depicted. Then, I remembered a few friends of mine—masculine looking men with more feminine vocal and gestural affectations. I like them. They exist. They contribute to society and have contributed positively to my life. Some might even say I am a member of their club: a man with more feminine traits than society would like. I’m okay too. All this to say, I couldn’t and shouldn’t hold these prejudices against this work of literature.
Then again, it could also be that I don’t agree with how the author depicted the male characters. In which case, I have a legitimate opinion.
I read it again, and realized that I also had this idea in my head of how a prince should act. A prince making up his own bed, or only having one servant to do anything, just didn’t compute.
I realized after awhile that I read this book about three times. Part of my criteria in judging how good a story is rotates around the issue of whether the story stands up to re-reading.
So even though the way the story is written makes me uncomfortable, I must recommend it.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HAZPQXS/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HAZPQXS/
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Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01HAZPQXS/
Prize: $2.99 WIP Gift Card
About the author
PERCI T. BROOKS is the author of Yaoi (m/m) and Yuri (f/f). She’s been writing since the age of ten and started off writing just little stories. As she got older, she was able to create her own characters and plots. She loves to write. Becoming an author has always been her dream.
Perci enjoys reading, writing, poetry, anime, manga, Japanese music, cats, cows, Japanese history, Japanese movies. She is a total cat lover and loves to inspire others.
Miss Brooks lives to inspire others. She was born with medical problems, is hearing impaired and has disabilities and thought she would never become an author.
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