Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.
Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.
First Edition published as The Soldati Prince in Charmed & Dangerous by JCP Books LLC, 2015.
Review: Riley is having a snack before closing up one night when in walks some creatures surely spawned from hell. In his desperate attempt to get away he runs. The creatures are everywhere however. He’s once again shocked when a group of tigers come to his aid. Then turn into men. Riley wakes up in a castle in up state New York with a giant angry man named Khalon claiming to be a king and his mate. Khalon is not at all happy his mate he’s waiting his entire life for is a weak human. For the good of him and his people he decides to risk the journey to the Priestess and ask she wipe away their fated mating and Riley’s memory that any of this ever happened.
Riley takes being chased by demons and waking up in what seems like another time very well. He’s also told that all the supernatural things he reads about and watches on TV are in fact real. Just knowing the world the author has created is open in that sense has me excited to read more. Despite Riley essentially being kidnapped, albeit for his own good, he rolls with it all. Khalon is attractive and the new world opened to him is intriguing. He doesn’t bow down to the surly King of Soldati as expected however. Riley didn’t ask for any of this and he won’t be treated badly.
Khalon has been waiting for his mate for hundreds of years. He’s understandably disappointed when he finds a frail human he just saved is the man meant to be by his mate. Khalon’s life is one of battles. He protects the human world from demons. Khalon has always wanted a strong partner to love and to fight by his side. To help rule his kingdom. Soldati’s are immortal. So not only is Riley vulnerable in their world, Riley will live a normal life span of a human while Khalon will live out forever alone without his mate. To make things even more complicated the word is out in the demon realm that the Soldati Kingdom is vulnerable if the King’s new mate is killed. Which of course means they all come out to kill Riley. Their bond draws them together and lends itself to some sexual tension.
This book was an enjoyable read with good world building. The idea of a magical realm in upstate New York set back in time is brilliant. All the details throughout the story paint a very vivid picture. It’s like the modern day meets old. Plus magic! I love magic! The promise of other supernatural beings leave future stories with endless possibilities. I really liked how Riley and Khalon are thrust together. They start off wishing they’d never met each other and then slowly fall in love. Their courtship isn’t normal by any means. The secondary characters in this book were excellent. The fox shifters are adorable. The way their hierarchy is formed is interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing them and Khalon’s soldiers in future books. Soldati Prince is a romance about a Tiger shifting King falling in love with a human. It’s action packed and charming. This is a novella length story that feels like a meaty book. I liked it!