- File Size: 479 KB
- Print Length: 130 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fireborn Publishing (August 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L0C3YJK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,463,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The King's Captain (Merely Players Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Writing a series is always tricky as the author must bring readers along who have not read prior installment(s). Smith handles this task well without a boring data dump.
In this episode the threesome explore their deepening relationship while finding themselves drawn into a television production with fictional characters experiencing the same emotional roller coaster.
There is a brief dramatic interlude, I won't spoil, which supplied good tension and drama. Would have liked more of this.
Readers will delight in Smith's dexterity with Shakespearian-like dialogue, mixed with common British terms which may seem strange to Yankee ears.
The King’s Captain is a book 2 out of Mr. Smith’s series Merely Players but it can be easily read as a standalone. The story, characters and their relationships are interesting enough, easy to relate to and understand even without the back story. Writing is easy, it flows like a fairy tale and slowly draws you in the story. The author does a fantastic job out of the sex scenes and gives us a very realistic feel of what it’s like to be a man caught between two lovely but very teasing and confusing ladies. Add a bit of suspense, paranormal subplot and colorful supporting characters that would often steal the show. There were some angst situations but not to such an extent that they would depress you. All of this makes for a very pleasant, fine erotic romance novella. I thoroughly enjoyed it and that is saying something, given that I usually love my romantic stories with a heavy dose of BDSM.
Paul, the novella’s leading man, is an over six-foot eye candy of a jousting stunt performer. Usually, that description is accompanied by a typical Alpha Male (or what passes as an alpha male in most of the erotic romance) personality with a very limited emotional range. I’m glad that the author decided to make a twist here. Paul is genuinely a nice person who is trying to do the best and right thing for everyone around him and for himself. It was endearing and dare I say empowering to see that the opposite sex stresses over love, sex, feelings and relationships just as much as we do. It is difficult to keep your balance when you don’t want to hurt anyone but you get confusing messages. It is even more difficult when you are constantly being teased and pleased by two charming, naughty ladies.
Hayley and Becky were both adorable in their own ways, different and similar with their unique flaws, insecurities and past problems that hinder them in the present. What I loved was that in spite of their issues they struck me as pretty sexually confident and unashamed of their desires. At times it seemed that Paul was the inexperienced student whose eyes they had to open for all the pleasure and opportunities that could open for their triad if they let go of their inhibitions.
Like I said above, I also loved the supporting characters, especially Mark and Maggie and I hope they’d get a book of their own soon.
I won’t give too much of the plot away but as a conclusion, that is a lovely, heart-warming and arousing story of three people who find affection and passion with each other in an unconventional way. It also points out how important communication is, especially when three hearts are involved. I look forward to reading more of Ian Smith’s upcoming work.
What I loved about this story was, for once, it wasn’t the women going on and on about whether or not things were going to work out. The male protagonist had most of the worry and anxiety usually reserved for women in romance. Yet hero Paul didn’t come across as simpering or angsty. Rather, he was charming and attractive because he came across as real. Paul remains surprised at his good fortune throughout the book -- a real and endearing quality.
I also loved getting an inside peek into a male perspective around sex, love and relationships all the while being entertained. Oh, and let’s not forget the naughty bits. Very hot, and well-done. The premise is also quite fun – a reality TV show depicting medieval times. I mean, who doesn’t love a good knight in shining armor?
If you’re seeking something unique, fun, steamy and refreshing, click this story to your e-reader today. Oh, and I learned a new word while reading this book: minge. You’ll want to look it up.
Paul and Hayley are in the early stages of their relationship. Paul is due to become Hayley's leading man in the TV show he and his crew of medieval players are working on, and he is worried by this acting lark.
Just as things are going swimmingly with Hayley, Becky reappears and sends Paul into a tailspin of worry over how their relationship is evolving - and then he sees something he didn't expect and suddenly it is not so hard to bring emotions to the acting.
As well as the budding romances we are introduced to a nice wee side story which is taking a paranormal turn.
It is nice to read a book from the male POV. Realising they stress out over the same things is kinda levelling. Looking forward to book 3 from Ian.