Kele Moon – The Queen’s Consort

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Author: Kele Moon
Reviewed by: Vivian
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: M/M/F  Menage Sci Fi
ISBN 13:   9781623003302

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:  The Queen’s Consorts. Just laying eyes on one is a death sentence. So when Sari, who spent most of her life on the streets, ends up entangled in a steamy relationship with the two most forbidden men on the planet she knows it can’t end well.

After a brutal attack, Sari’s taken to the Sacred City, exposing her to the secret lives of the Rayians who rule in the long lost queen’s absence. It’s in this darkly sexual world where she first meets the legendary consorts.

Too handsome and talented for their own good, Calder and Taryen have learned to trust only each other in order to survive. Bred to be feared warriors and exclusive companions to a queen, instead they’re slaves to other Rayian’s desires for them.

Their brutal lives make the two consorts hesitant to care for Sari when she’s unexpectedly dumped in their laps, but they soon discover she’s different from the cruel women they’re used to serving. Drawn to Sari on a soul deep level, Calder and Taryen can’t seem to stop themselves from going back for one more taste of the beautiful outsider… even when it puts the fate of the entire world in jeopardy. 

 

Review:  The magnificence and tragedy of divine love. 

Interesting ménage set up. The story and plot aren’t complicated or surprising, but the execution is nice and Taryen and Calder are wicked hot. Created for the Queen, they are destined to serve and protect her. Tragedy separates the trio during their youth, an event that never should have happened. During the power void, the council rises to  lead the country.  

Needless to say, this council is less than ideal for the country and especially hard on the Queen’s consorts–who were left behind as infants. They endure with the hope that the Queen will return.  The villain in this story is a bit undeveloped, more of a gruesome caricature of feminist sadism. 

Taryen and Caleder are beautiful and resilient. They end up assisting a wounded sister brought in by the queen’s guard, Sari. She is sexy and sweet and though they are tempted; they resist her. Sari, on the other hand, must make alliances within the court and quickly and her first dinner turns out to attract attention. 

The subsequent intrigue and machinations of the court, the council and those loyal to the Queen are interesting and definitely assist with keeping a brisk pace even as relationships develop. 

Overall, this is a good read with good characterizations. Nothing ground-breaking, but entertaining. Recommended for fantasy/sci-fi readers who enjoy ménage.

 

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