Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
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Blurb: Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.
Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms.
Review: The Foxling Soldati is the novella length sequel to The Soldati Prince. I was pretty excited to get back to the world of the Soldati. The first book was full of action giving me a nice balance between romance and fantasy. This one didn’t have much until the very end of the book. I think I missed it because for me this book seemed cute but predictable. I hated the bad guy. OMG he’s awful! I was disappointed in the Soldati King but proud of his hubby Riley for how he handled it all. I enjoyed seeing them again.
I absolutely loved the MCs. Rayner is incredibly sexy. You can feel the charisma and charm of his character. His character is very well written. Toka the adorable Foxling from the first book is the love interest. He’s submissive, beautiful and loyal. You’d think he’d be the one to be putty in Rayner’s hands but both men are equally at the mercy of their feelings for each other. The problem is the Soldati people have centuries of tradition and rules. One of those rules is that the people can only mate their social equals. Basically their love is forbidden. A Soldati soldier can’t marry a Foxling Servant. I enjoy a good forbidden love story.
The bad guy is a bear shifter King from a neighboring village. He’s EVIL. Rayner has slighted him so he comes up with a scheme to hurt him. Toka becomes the target and is made to pay the price. This part of the book does get a little OTT and dark. BUT I absolutely hated the bad bear King and couldn’t wait until he got what was coming to him. There’s another romance or former romance hinted at in this book between two characters so maybe they’ll get a second chance at love next. I love this world created. It’s set in older times but it’s very much connected to the modern world by way of the human realm. Hopefully future books involve the Soldati battles with the demons again. I’m guessing they’re licking their wounds after the whooping from the first book. Even though I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first it’s still a pretty good read with great characters and world building.