Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: Swan Prince by Erin Lark

Swan Prince Title: Swan Prince by Erin Lark
Genre: Fantasy, M/M
Published August 4th 2014 by Entangled Publishing
Length: 149 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
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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?

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Oliver, the heir to his flock of swans, sneaks out for a flight but gets shot by a hunter. He lands in Bastion's barn, is stuck in his human form and is mute. Bastion owns the barn and has a troubled relationship with Paul. He hires Paul for work around the barn in exchange for taking care of Paul's horse. Now Paul isn't doing his part of their deal. Bastion tempts Oliver like no other and Oliver struggles between his duty to his flock and his desire.

I really liked the characteristics of these swan shifters. Non-royal swan shifters are stuck in their swan form until the season pasts. The nonroyal swans shift forms only with the royal swan shifters' help. Oliver, the royal swan, was shot by a hunter and seeks shelter in Bastion's barn. Oliver realizes he's stuck in his human form and can't fly back to his flock. After various hardships, Oliver likes Bastion enough to want to stay with him but is also unwilling to abandon his fellow shifters to their fate of being stuck in one form for a whole season.

Overall, the story seems very short. I expected this to be more fairy tale like. The MC's backgrounds aren't very detailed. Any interaction we get are second handed and we don't see how each MC interact with secondary characters. The story mainly focuses on how Bastion accepts Oliver and how they came to be living together. 

I still enjoyed it since I like shifter stories but this story didn't amaze me or have any inspirational characters. On the other hand, I liked the particularization of the mate bond, visions, and horses. This was an easy and fast read. 

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