The Peacock Prince
by John Tristan
Published 2013 by Loose Id
Formats Available: .pdf, .epub, .lit, .prc,. HTML (.exe, lit)
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Prince Alessander's twin sister Celandine has long been promised to the pirate lord Dagon Blackstone, who demanded a royal bride as the price for peace. On the night they are first meant to meet, she convinces Alessander to don her clothes and go in her place, as a prank on the sea monster that is to be her husband. He goes along with the prank, and finds himself unexpectedly intrigued by the larger-than-life Dagon.
Dagon is a worldly man, more amused--and aroused--than scandalized by discovering a boy in a bodice pretending to be his betrothed. When the deception is revealed, though, Cel is nowhere to be found: she's fled the royal isle, leaving her brother a scapegoat in her skirts. Their father offers to hunt her down, but Dagon declines: he will use his own fleet to find his runaway princess, and he is taking along insurance. Alessander is brought aboard his flagship as a hostage, albeit an honored one…and until Celandine is found, he must serve as Dagon's royal 'bride'.
It was quite strange reading this. Strangely good. Intriguing. Freaking fantastic.
All the while I was reading, I found the words created a world within me where I could literally hear the quiet rush of the sea and the creaking sounds as could only be heard on wooden ships. This was strange for these lulling sounds created the perfect setting for the love affair that rose between Alessander and Dagon. I don't know, all I can say is, this author had successfully brought me to that level of imagination. To think this is a light read for me and has a simple plot?
This is the first I have ever read anything written by John Tristan and this really blew me away. The story was really quite simple: search for a missing princess while keeping the twin or sibling as hostage. So what was different this time?
The subtle romance that unfolded between the prince and the Lord of Salt is neither typical nor formulaic, although at first glance it may seem like it. There were hints here and there regarding Dagon's feelings but nothing concrete. More like a peripheral reference but never quite focused clearly. It was fascinating.
The subtlety of the erotic scenes took me by surprise, too. I mean, once these two men started doing their tango, I found myself in a very quiet place with just these two men in my mind. Weird! But good! And no - none of the over erotica text we frequently see. It was subtle but highly, highly erotic. Get what I mean?
I can't properly put into words what I am trying to say here, so please forgive me. All I know is this is a read that got me to frown because of the way my mind got imaginative to the point of "hearing" the sounds created by the words. Is it the writing style? I don't know. This was a totally unexpected but delightful surprise of a read and it hit me on a very "visual" and "auditory" level. What a fantastic light read!
P.S. Thing is, the blurb did not prepare me at all for the type of read this turned out to be. This was an outstanding piece of work. Does that explain my 5 Stars?
----I better shush now................ wait! is there going to be a sequel?