Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Legends of the Tauma: Yarulf's Duty (Love's Landscapes) by Vicktor Alexander

Legends of the Tauma: Yarulf's Duty (Love's Landscapes)
by Vicktor Alexander
Published June 27th 2014 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads


My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars (based on Short & Light Read Category)

Dear Author,We are a very strict, conservative race. We are deeply formal, and decorum and honor are most important to us. So I’m sure you’ll understand my utter dismay upon being married to one of those savages, those long-haired barbarians we had been fighting for centuries. And to a man, no less. I was to broker peace by bringing shame to my family and to my kingdom.
That was how I married into this happy, weird clan, this race of freedom and warmth that wouldn’t know propriety if it hit them in the face. And I’m terrified. Terrified that that my dark, deviant, twisted desires will be brought to light for all the worlds to see. Not that my new family seem to care. From what I’ve seen, men holding hands or women kissing in the streets are as common as sunrise in this land.
And what am I supposed to do with my gorgeous, warm husband, who looks at me with such kindness in his eyes and a smirk I just want to kiss punch off his face? Or with that red-haired band of lunatics, with absolutely no concept of personal space, they call the royal family?
I’m starting to believe I could finally find myself here, and yet it is my duty to betray those that I’ve come to hold dearest. When I’m made to choose between duty and love, when the hour comes when I must favor a side, how will I do it without losing a part of myself?
Photo Description: 2 drawn images 1)A man with a naked upper torso. Long wavy red hair, purple eyes, wearing a leather thong necklace with a large red pendant. The background is a grayish sky. 2)A royal portrait of a man with blue eyes and dark bluish hair. He’s wearing a white shirt with frills down from the neck and flared frilly sleeves. Over the shirt is a royal blue coat with gold detailing. His left hand holds the handle of a sword.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. 
This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

Two princes. One heir to the throne. The other, a younger son with healing magic. Both men never thinking they would ever be together in one room let alone married to each other. This is a typical Vicktor Alexander story, one made to make the readers get lost in the wonderful world of fantasy and to forget the real world. It is set in an alien world where magic is accepted and yet not.  

Prince Yarulfsian Cossoberth is a healer. He is prince to his people who are free, loving and magical. He never imagined that he would ever be in the middle of a battle and come out winner with a husband, Prince Milenther Dagorn, in tow. A husband who was the heir to their rival kingdom that does not believe in equal rights or in laughter. Two men coming from different worlds and yet finding they cannot fight their feelings of love for each other. Can they shed off their loyalties and accept that theirs is a romance that will mean both their happiness?

A fantasy story to get lost in, this may just be the beginning of another series from the author to look forward to. It is short though, so I do expect to get another installment after this for this is not enough for me! I loved the rapport between Yarulf and Milenther, and I am very curious how Yarulf's brothers will fair after this. 

This has a hanging ending so I really don't know what will happen next. One thing is sure though, I am really looking forward to whatever this author will dream up. I truly hope soon.

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