TITLE: His Consort
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
LENGTH: 284 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 20, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 -paperback
A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: his quaint little store attracts a devoted staff and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He’s perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying… and utterly mesmerizing.
The prince of the vampyrs, Varic Maedoc, is visiting New Orleans when he finds out the man who once helped his counselor is there in the Quarter. He thinks to simply meet and thank Jason—until he lays eyes on him. Varic’s devoted himself to protect the honor of his race, and he’s never wanted a mate before… but he immediately knows he must have this man, and no one else will do.
Varic may want to bring Jason safely into his world, but someone who doesn’t like the human’s soothing influence on vampyrs has deadly plans that would disrupt Varic’s dreams. Now, unable to tell friend from foe, Jason finds himself wondering how to hold on to the prince’s heart when he’s fighting for his life.
Jason Thorne is a former Marine who lives in NOLA where he runs a shop with his friend Ode. Jason loves his life in the French Quarter, he loves his city and doesn’t suspect that another world is right in front of him until he meets Cooper, a vampyr. Jason enters into a new world, but he doesn’t forget his values and Jason tries to help the vampyr community in the French Quarter.
Varic Meadoc is the prince of the Vampyrs. He’s the high authority of his kind, the enforcer of the king’s laws. He comes to visit New Orleans after hearing about this human who helped his people to find a truce and lives peacefully in the French Quarter. Varic doesn’t expect to meet Jason, doesn’t expect to meet his mate. But someone wants Jason dead, and things get a little bit complicated for Jason, Varic and their friends.
His Consort by Mary Calmes is a paranormal standalone that I enjoyed a lot…no wait, I ADORED it.
I loved Jason. He’s funny, smart, kind and strong. He’s sensitive with great values. He’s a good man. When he comes to lives in NOLA and meets Cooper, he tries to help him, to help his community. I loved him, he’s very kind and sensitive. He’s also a real badass and refuses to take S*** from anyone, including the vampyr’s prince.
Varic is the prince, he’s powerful and he’s used to have people bow at his feet. Varic doesn’t expect Jason, a human who isn’t at his feet, who fights his authority and doesn’t hesitate to talk back to him. Varic doesn’t expect a mate. I liked Varic, he’s completely lost with Jason and I adored it. He’s so strong and powerful, but he has this gentle and kind part of him that only Jason can see. I loved this with him.
The story is only from Jason’s point of view. It was well written with a touch of humor here and there. I laughed during my read, especially when Tiago is involved.
Mary Calmes doesn’t write an umpteenth vampire book. She took all the codes of this genre and broke them in order to create her universe. She creates a very complexed and elaborate universe brilliantly. The plot is very interesting, between Jason and Varic meeting, what they really are for each other, the interesting secondary characters with a great dimension, all the subplots about the supernatural world, and their rules and codes. It’s not just a simple love story between a Vampire and a human, the characters and the story have layers of secrets and unknown parameters that makes this book captivating.
This book is a standalone for now, but I do hope and wish, and pray, that the author will write a sequel, because Jason, Varic and their misfit family are only at the beginning of the journey. I highly and happily recommend this book, they’re worth of your time.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis