Title: Where Loyalties Lie
Author: Logan Taylor
Genre: M/M Fantasy Romance
When his homeland is conquered by invading barbarians, Nessir winds up not dead, but instead serving the new kings much as he once served his own. Though at first he is terrified of what they will do, across the palace and through the kingdom Abaidas and Ophion swiftly begin to make improvements their predecessor neglected. And though a married man should be off limits, Nessir finds himself falling for Abaidas anyway—and astonished when the interest proves to be mutual, and to learn that Ophion has no objections to Abaidas taking a lover.
But just as Nessir is settling into his strange, new life, he stumbles across an assassination plot—a plot he can speak of for fear of his sister’s life, unless he can convey it in a way that will not get him caught. In an act of desperation, he throws himself at Ophion, and under guise of being lovers the two work to protect the man they both love. And all the while Nessir tries to ignore the growing wish that Ophion’s affections were not merely a ruse…
Note: This story contains m/m/m
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
The thing about this novella is that although I enjoyed it, so very much of it is missing that my overall feeling is one of disappointment. Nessir seems a nice, normal kind of guy. He worked as a body servant for one king, who wasn’t particularly nice so he didn’t feel all that loyal to him. So when that king runs away and another king and his consort takes his place, Nessir agrees to work for them without any quibbles. The change over is completely seamless and painless and all is utterly fine.
Except that he’s attracted to his new king, who happens to be married. But the consort doesn’t mind extramarital affairs, so they hook up. All is well until Nessir overhears an assassination plot, gets threatened, and decides the best way to tell someone about it is to seduce the consort. They then proceed to roll around on the bed a lot while trying to untangle the death threat.
And that really is about the level of detail you get here. There is absolutely no chemistry between Nessir and Abaidas, somewhat more between him and Ophion, and no depth to any of it. Which is a massive shame, because I actually liked this story, I just wanted more of it. The story itself is good, but there’s no emotion, no description, nothing to draw the reader in and make it memorable. Even the assassination plot feels flimsy, while despite a warning of M/M/M scenes, the sex scenes are pretty much M/M, with the poly relationship only alluded to. There is so much potential here, but it sadly isn’t realised. All in all it just feels like a missed opportunity. I would, however, love to read a much longer, more fleshed out version if ever that were to be done.
Where Loyalties Lie is Out Now.
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