Monday, January 18, 2016

Mate of the Tyger Prince by Shannon West - Release Week Book Blast with Review and Giveaway

Author Name: Shannon West
Book Name: Mate of the Tyger Prince
Series: Mate of the Tyger Prince
Book: One
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Cover Artist: Eden Connors

Release Date: January 19, 2016


Diplomatic marriages between two members of different planets certainly aren’t unheard of—but for Prince Mikos of Tygeria and Col. Ryan Donnelly of Earth, it might just be a fate worse than death. The union is meant to end a devastating war that has lasted for over a hundred and fifty years, but when the female bride intended for the fierce, sexy prince runs away, her handsome brother is substituted instead. Men are for mating as far as the Tygerian prince is concerned, but the colonel also happens to be Mikos’s sworn enemy, not to mention being completely irritating.

Ryan is horrified to learn that the Tygerians not only expect him to take the place of his sister, marry the Bloody Prince of Tygeria, and go to live with him on his mysterious planet, but they also expect him to undergo physical alteration to have the man’s baby! And nobody is taking hell no for an answer. Ryan’s being asked to turn his whole life upside down and the handsome Tygerian gets under his skin like nobody else. But with the fate of the universe at stake, how can he say no? Can the two enemies put aside their differences and focus on making love and not war—not to mention a baby?

As a powerful love struggles to take root, can they learn to trust each other and stand together against the forces that are trying to tear them apart?

Pages or Words: 75,795 words

Categories:  Erotica, M/M Romance, Romance, Science Fiction, Tiger Shifters


“Son, are you all right? Your highness…Consort Blake, please! Put a stop to this now—my son is injured!”
“I’m fine, Father,” Ryan said, embarrassed and trying to gently push him off.
Your son is injured?” the king’s consort said, his eyebrows lifting in outrage. “What about my son? Your son indeed!”
Then as the words sunk in, Blake suddenly straightened up and tilted his head, one eyebrow quirking upward. “Did you say your son?”
“Yes, of course he is! And your son just attacked him!” the consul said, casting a wounded, outraged look back over his shoulder.
Blake smiled then and rubbed his hands together, as eager as a cat who’d just spied a big bowl of tasty cream. “You mean to tell me this young man… Your unmarried son? Well, why didn’t you say so? Who needs the daughter? This one will do fine. In fact, he’ll do even better!” He stepped forward and laid a hand on Prince Mikos’s arm. “Stop playing with him, Miki. You’ll have plenty of time to do that after the wedding. This young man,” he said, gesturing grandly toward Ryan, “is your new mate and royal consort.” He got a speculative look in his eye. “Maybe even the bearer of your children.”

4.5 out of 5 stars

I received Mate of the Tyger Prince as part of the blog tour through Pride Promotions. This is the first time I've read Shannon West but it definitely won't be the last. 

Mate of the Tyger Prince was a great world building, character set up book to what looks to be a possible series. That is based on the author's world building, storyline, and 'info-dump' at the start of the book. The story clearly sets up the 'rules' so to speak, between the Tygerians and other species including humans. The Tygerians have been in a long term war with humans due to the resources on the Tygerians home planet and their refusal to share those resources with the humans.

The relationship that starts between Ryan, the human, and Mikos, the Tygerian Prince, is one born of creating a truce between the two species in order to end the war. Let's put it this way, Ryan is NOT a happy participant to this binding... at first. The relationship bonds slowly build between Ryan and Mikos. The oh my god hot for each other bonds are pretty much instantaneous. We all know though that the hot for each other bonds only go so far and these bonds are what cause trouble between these two as they forge their relationship. 

While I've only come to the mpreg genre recently this author and the other that I've read both have created plausible explanations for the genetics/science behind mpreg. As I'm a bit of a science nerd I greatly appreciate a bit of plausibility in my science fiction. While I can and do suspend belief for certain things, genetics tends to be a sticking point for me. This author has crafted a well described way of how mpreg is made possible on Tygeria. 

Besides the characters who I really liked, the world building in this story is what truly grabbed. As a long time reader of hard science fiction/space operas, she was able to give her world a very descriptive background and basis for it's day to day life. So many times world building isn't done right and that leaves a lot of the story to fall flat because there isn't anything to support the why behind the words. 

I truly hope this is the first book in a series and that we'll see both these characters and this world again. I definitely recommend this for fans of Victoria Sue and those that love a science fiction space opera in their M/M romance.

Meet the author:

Shannon West lives in the South with her husband and family.  A lover and avid reader of M/M romances, she began writing them a few years ago and now has over forty short stories, novellas, and novels to her credit.   She is a two-time finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013 and 2014, and an honorable mention for 2015 and named an All Romance ebooks top ten author for 2013 and 2014.  She writes shifters, primarily and some BDSM and contemporary.  She loves men and everything about them, and believes that love is love, no matter the gender. She mostly spends her days at the keyboard, trying to elude housework, which stalks her relentlessly.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @shannonwest8

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