Title: Swan Prince
Author: Erin Larke
Length: 149 pages
Publisher: Entangled Edge
Rating: 5 Stars
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? -Goodreads
Male to male erotic retelling comes to life in a most romantic way, with this enchanting take on The Swan Princess.
Young swan prince Oliver, has lost everything by the time that horseman Bastion discovers him, injured and wrapped in the blanket of his most skiddish mare.
Knowing nothing of the beautiful man before him other than his immediate need for help, and reeling from the undeniable attraction that he feels; Bastion is a man in flux. Haunted by the whispers of what could have been with his "one-time lover" and absentee co-worker Paul; Bastion is determined to keep a level head this time around.
Oliver, a swan shifter of royal blood, had resigned himself to a life of duty without love.
That is until he meets the unassuming Bastion, and experiences the "shared vision" rite known to bond mated pairs of his kind.
The closer that this unlikely pair becomes, the harder their shared feelings be come to fight...and the stronger the magic that binds these star crossed hearts.
Swan Prince is a beautifully expressed erotic work. It is rare to find such a fully developed work in just 149 pages.
Both Oliver and Bastion are given complete back stories, so that by the time they come together, readers are fully acquainted with each in his own right.
Oliver is even allowed to maintain a great number of his animal instincts while in human form, making his otherness a tangible reality.
The most appealing aspect of this read by far however, has to be the romance.
That's right...I said romance!
If it's not the smoldering glances, the tentative touches, and tenderness with which these two shower each other; the utter heart-sickness that both Bastion and Oliver experience when parted is enough to send even the most jaded reader into a full blown swoon.
But hold the phone...
If you think that heart stopping romance and unbridled passion are all that this fairytale are made of; you are most sadly mistaken.
There are also plenty of side-splitting moments to be had courtesy of Oliver's rather eventful shift back into swan form.
Yes, Swan Prince has it all.
Male/male erotic situations, romance, a great shifter story, and...
That "happily ever after" bow that no self respecting fairytale would be caught dead without.