The Peacock Prince
Title : The Peacock Prince
Author : John Tristan
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 103 pages (e-book)
Published : October 7, 2013
Rating : ★★★1/2
Prince Alessander’s twin sister Celandine has long been promised to the pirate lord Dagon Blackstone, who demanded a royal bride as the price for peace. On the night they are first meant to meet, she convinces Alessander to don her clothes and go in her place, as a prank on the sea monster that is to be her husband. He goes along with the prank, and finds himself unexpectedly intrigued by the larger-than-life Dagon.
Dagon is a worldly man, more amused–and aroused–than scandalized by discovering a boy in a bodice pretending to be his betrothed. When the deception is revealed, though, Cel is nowhere to be found: she’s fled the royal isle, leaving her brother a scapegoat in her skirts. Their father offers to hunt her down, but Dagon declines: he will use his own fleet to find his runaway princess, and he is taking along insurance. Alessander is brought aboard his flagship as a hostage, albeit an honored one…and until Celandine is found, he must serve as Dagon’s royal ‘bride’
Prince Alessander lets his sister, Princess Celandine, talk him into playing a prank on her soon to be husband. She claims she wants to see what kind of person he is when the prank is exposed. She wants to know more about the guy she’s going to marry other than simply knowing he’s the Lord of Salt and pirate captain Dagon Blackstone. Her father gave her away in a treaty to insure peace. So, Alessander dresses in his sister’s gown, as she dresses in his clothes, and they go to meet a pirate. Of course the prank is discovered, but little did Alessander know Celandine didn’t mean it to be a prank. She used the opportunity to escape with her lover. Dagon is rightfully upset his betrothed has run out on him. A treaty is being breached. He swears to find the Princess and takes Alessander with him as insurance. Alessander realizes he’s a hostage and attempts to make the best of a bad situation. What he didn’t expect was sexual advances from his sister’s betrothed. He also didn’t expect to want to act on those advances. Alessander finds himself entranced with Dagon Blackstone. Not only is he sexually attracted to him, but he sees a competent and respected leader who truly wants the best for his people, even if it means marrying someone he doesn’t like.
While searching for Celandine, Dagon and Alessander fall in love. To compound matters they are aware Celandine fled with her lover and plans to marry him. If they wed for love in a temple of the old gods the marriage will be valid. The only way Dagon and Celandine would be able to marry after that would involve her lover’s death. Dagon and Alessander find Celandine after she had already married, invalidating the treaty. Alessander is left trying to figure out a legal loophole to save his brother-in-law, preserve the treaty, and stay with the man he loves.
These characters were great. Dagon Blackstone is a larger than life pirate with all the sexiness that entails. The process by which Alessander fell in love with Dagon was well written even if it was fanciful. In some ways the characters were a touch one dimensional. Dagon is a pirate with a heart of gold. He could have been amazing with some shades of dark grey added. Alessander is a prince who falls in love with a bad boy who isn’t really all that bad. Despite thinking that set up is a touch cliché, I also happen to think it was pretty good. This was a well written example of falling in love with man you’re supposed to hate and would make a great vacation or weekend read.
Rated 3.5 stars by Faye