Saturday, February 22, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Star and Fire by R Parr

Star and Fire
an m/m medieval illustrated romance novella
by R Parr 

Star and Fire: an m/m illustrated romance novella, with an alternate medieval setting.

Banished from the Kingdom for kissing another man, Prince Teo seeks refuge at the base of the mountain. There he finds Lyndon: a kindly washerman who lives alone in a secluded log cabin. Will Teo get another chance at happiness, or will outside forces invade the warmth and safety of his new home?

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

Star and Fire is a lighthearted and entertaining story that reads very much like a fairy tale, but not of the Grimm variety. There is a small bit of conflict, but it's shortlived and a little too easily overcome. Most of the book is Lyndon and Teo on their own, and they are cute together if a bit juvenile at times. As I said, this one is a lot like a fairy tale, and as such, is not at all realistic or historically accurate. Of course, that's covered in the very first line of the blurb. The whole 'alternate medieval setting' part of that sentence should be a dead giveaway to not expect much in the way of realism. With that in mind, I went into this one fully expecting to need a fair amount of suspension of disbelief, and that's exactly what I found. So, yes, the story is over the top, and sometimes it required a good bit of overlooking things that went too far - like the distance traveled to get back to the castle for example. I would've liked more development of the characters, especially with so much time spent with only them, and I really could've done without all the talk of chamber pots and use of the privy. The mention of such things is fine for setting the scene and giving a rough idea of the time period, but I did not need to know every time these guys used that chamber pot. Nevertheless, I did like this couple, and they had some absolutely adorable dialogue as they teased and flirted. In the end, I suppose it's safe to say that there were things that worked for me and things that didn't, but I did enjoy the read for the most part. It's a quick read and it's great for a fun bit of escapism. 

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