The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Rae Durreson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Marriage-of-convenience, m-m romance, in a fantasy setting where magic makes ships sail between islands that float in the air.
The threat of a neighboring, evil empire more or less forces our heroes to get married against their will, to help protect the good guys against magic-destroying hounds, ogres and invading hordes.
I went into this expecting brain candy in a light fantasy setting, predictable, shallow and touching on all of the usual cliches. Nice guy has to marry tall, dark and grumpy with lots of muscles. They hate each other’s guts, then grudgingly become friends and eventually lovers, with the required HEA. Or at least a HFN.
I got all that, but on top of that there was actually a plot. Well, at least until the romance smoop and sillyness took over. And some pretty decent world building.
So, if you are looking for some pretty well written romance smoop, that has a decent plot, is not cringe-worthy, with a little porn thrown in and some suspense, this works well.
Free on Amazon, including two additional short stories, Homecoming and Hounded. Those are mostly fluff and porn and don’t add to the story.