Audio Review: Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince (Soldati Hearts #1)

Author: Charlie Cochet
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator: Manuel Pombo

Summary:

One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.

Review:

This was a fairly short audiobook but it was long on enjoyment. A different take on shifters, Charlie Cochet brings us tiger shifters (of course—big cats are her favorites!), but they are from a different world—a world of magical creatures and warriors who defend humanity from the darkness.

Riley Murrough is just a regular guy and as he’s going about his work one day he’s suddenly in a life or death struggle with demons. Who knew? When the battle is over and he realizes he’s been helped by a group of tigers who shift to human form, he’s sure he’s dreaming. But the tattoo that has appeared on his arm matches that of the king of these creatures—the Soldati King, and Riley is his Prince, his lifemate.

No insta-love here, however, as Khalon, the king, denies his connection to Riley. He has his reasons and though Riley finally faces facts and realizes he needs to accept the rejection, the magical realm has different plans for them.

This was a lively adventure, a bit too short to get into a lot of detail, but certainly enough detail to whet my appetite for more. I’ve already moved the next book in this series to my TBR.

The narration was good, though it could have been better. Manuel Pombo had a very pleasing voice but his narration was quite fast—almost as if he was rushing to finish by a short deadline. And the differentiation between the two MCs was sometimes noticeable, and other times not. I think over time, I will come to like this narrator, especially if the narrative is slowed down a bit.

The story itself was interesting and the characters engaging, including the secondary characters, two of whom will be featured in book two. They were both very positive, upbeat and often humorous throughout this story so theirs is one I must read. Overall, this was a nice treat and I recommend it to lovers of paranormal and fantasy romance.

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