The Contingency Plan Kindle Edition
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"This story is just a little gem! I loved Marcelo and Efren and the way they regarded each other and came together with mutual respect." - Sadonna, The Novel Approach
"Short and sweet this was a nice read to take a break to and while it will always be nice to see what happens next, I'm quite happy with how the story left off. If you're looking for a quick read without any angst, I'd recommend giving this one a look." - Sarina, Love Bytes Reviews
"I really, really enjoyed this short story. Marcelo was specially endearing, and I loved his kindness and empathy, combined with an open thirst for knowledge." - Min, Min and Her Books
"I found The Contingency Plan to be a very sweet story. I think part of the reason it works is that rather than trying to shove too much into it, the author focuses on two pivotal days in Marcelo's life." - Angela, Wicked Reads
"This is a very short read - but actually packs a lot of punch in those pages." - Ruthie, Wicked Reads
"I'm rather impressed that the world this story is set in has come to life for me, despite the fact that the short story format didn't allow for extensive descriptions and explanations. With just a few words the author managed to explain both Marcelo's matriarchal society and Efren's more traditional (by our standards) country." - Helena, The Way She Reads
"The Contingency Plan may be short in pages but it's words are full of heart. I fell in love with Prince Marcelo and his sheltered life immediately and wanted him to find his HEA." - Heather, Padme's Library
"Given that the book is so short, I was surprised at the level of detail achieved...but that did make me crave more. I'm really hoping that there will be a follow-up story coming, because this just made me want more of Marcelo and Efren." - Carra, Making it Happen
"Addison did a great job of adding just enough info into such a short story. It's just so intriguing that I would love more. Heck, I even liked Marcello's servant, Erich!" - Elizabeth, We Three Queens Book Blog
"There's no way for a short story to contain as much detail as you would find in a novella but I think Ms. Albright did a good job with this one. It held my interest and I liked the characters." - ButtonsMom2003, Xtreme Delusions
"I know I wouldn't say no to more of these two regarding their future or just a new edition expanding on all the potential this little story contains. More please!" - A Reader Obsessed, Boy Meets Boy Reviews
"This was a fun read, one that I commend for its originality and creative spin on the usual royal romance sub-genre." - Jen, Dogeared Daydreams
About the Author
- ASIN : B07BD2ZB8P
- Publisher : JMS Books LLC (April 14, 2018)
- Publication date : April 14, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 141 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 27 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,070 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I should mention that I read Book Three before I read this book, and Book Two. I suggest the series be read in order to get the most out of Marcelo and Efren’s relationship, as well as the events that happen in Book Two.
The cover I’m guessing was put together by the company that published this series. I’ve noticed they often make simple covers and the cover models don’t always resemble the characters. This model however, could be Efren, although in the story he has chest hair, and I thought his hair was slightly longer.
This is a very short story, less than thirty pages. Everything that happens takes place in about 24-48 hours. The plot is about Efren and Marcelo meeting, the wedding, the wedding night and preparations to leave for Zioneven. As I mentioned, I read the other books also and I think that Book One and Book Two would’ve been better as one longer book, with Book One listed as Part One, and then Book Two listed as Part Two. They would’ve worked well together that way. As it is, I feel this story is too short and the ending is sort of a cliff-hanger. It wouldn’t have felt that way if the first two books were one longer story.
There’s a lot of monologue from Marcelo’s pov as he does a lot of thinking and wondering about the marriage, sex, and what Efren is like. This story pretty much takes place in Marcelo’s head. If you’ve read my reviews, you already know that I don’t like a lot of monologue. I’m not a fan of it here either, but since the story is short and Marcelo is sweet, it’s not as bad.
Sheburat is a matriarchy. Marcelo is the only male child and males are not as valued and considered ‘extra’. He’s not allowed to be as educated as his sisters, who are more highly valued and will ascend the throne one day. He’s not even allowed any skills as a soldier. He’s not stupid, but he’s been extremely sheltered and kept in the dark about politics and pretty much everything. He’s accepted the fact he’ll never marry and that he’ll live his life without any purpose. That is until his sister dies. I suppose one could wonder why Sheburat didn’t have a time of mourning for the dead sister, but it was clearly stated by Marcelo multiple times that diplomatic matters mattered more than their own personal feelings. Anyway, per agreement, Prince Efren is allowed to choose a sibling to wed instead. Since he likes men, he chooses Marcelo and poor Marcelo faints. He’s not been trained for this possibility, not like his deceased twin sister. He’s anxious, nervous, and scared, but at the same time excited. He didn’t know he found men attractive until Efren paid him attention. Efren is kind, thoughtful and from the beginning it’s obvious he is attracted to, and adores Marcelo. I could believe in the two as a couple they were so sweet together.
I enjoyed Marcelo and his sweetness, despite all of the monologue and the fact that the story was too short. Efren was a good character and the two men worked well as a couple. The publishing company needs to up their game at their graphic covers however. I’d like to give this book 3.5 Stars, but since I can’t, I’ll give it 4 Stars just because Marcelo is so cute and sweet.
I received a copy of this book from the author. I am giving my honest and unbiased opinion about the story.
Being as short as this story was, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Honestly, I have to say I am quite surprised by this story. There were no wasted words or actions at any point. The MCs were likable, though I do wish Prince Efren had been detailed a little more, as far as true personality, but still, no complaints since this was more about the other MC Marcelo, since this is from his POV. The world around Marcelo was fleshed out very well, vivid descriptions given where needed, and I was able to picture in my imagination what the author was conveying.
This story did an excellent job of portraying a society which can be taken as closed minded, and then presenting another alternative where acceptance is more valued and opportunities for all are possible. I was very pleased with how the book ended, just wishing that it might actually be a little longer to discuss Marcelo's new life and discoveries and how his relationship with Efren develops.
*Highly recommend this story as a low angst piece to offer a feel good break in your day*