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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Last Princess by Stacey Espino

The Last Princess by Stacey Espino
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Pack Seduction, 3

Delia is the last princess. Since her sisters have chosen mates, it's up to her to continue to wage war against the royal family. She recruits the help of Caleb, a fox shifter, to help find her way to the home she escaped from long ago.

A childhood friend is now guarding the palace, and the male she's betrothed to is determined to have her. She's in for the fight of her life if she's to remain unmated and change the old customs passed down to every generation. Will Delia become a martyr for her cause, or give in to the love of three determined shifters?

What a cute story and a wonderful conclusion to a short series that has been continuously steamy, entertaining and very sexy. The Last Princess did not disappoint.

As expected, there’s a lot of loving to go around. But much has to happen first before it’s realized.

Delia is the last unmated princess and she has an almost militaristic bent in proving to her mother, the queen, just how wrong she was to force her daughters into loveless marriages. Delia is the most focused, lethal and lonely woman of all the sisters. She’s convinced that not only will she not find love, she doesn’t deserve it. That is the kind of character that touches a romantic’s bleeding heart. No one should consider themselves unlovable.

Enter Caleb, the first of her beaus. What I liked about their first meeting is her denial of their attraction. He’s fox, she’s wolf, so no way could that ever work out. They say opposites attract and Ms. Espino illustrated that beautifully by having Caleb and Delia fall in love. Of course it wasn’t easy or without pitfalls and challenges. That’s why it was so precious and why I liked them together so much.

The next delightful wrinkle came from more emotional landmines in the forms of Alexander, the patient, and Ulric, the hopeless romantic. Two men who want Delia for vastly different reasons and both with no hope of achieving them; again a perfect conflict with great emotional hooks.

Alexander has been waiting for Delia for five long years as he’s watched the prime of his life slipping away. Ulric suffered from unrequited love and knew he would never stand a chance at Delia, but to protect her was worth any price. I simply found these two men equally worthy of my tender emotions and I wanted them to be happy but I figured out early on that Delia was going to go down fighting. She was not going to marry anyone for any reason. It’s that kind of challenge fate and a determined author can’t resist and I enjoyed a feast of the senses as Ms. Espino wove her magic and proved Delia wrong.

The Last Princess is saucy, exciting, witty and sensual. It’s hot, and for a short story, very well balanced. My absolute favorite thing besides the wild and wooly fun when all four of them mate, is the final chapter. It was so wonderful to see a complete happy ever after that not only tied up loose ends but made me feel tingly all over. For anyone who’s been reading this series, it’s a great wrap up and I expect they’re going to love it like I did. For a first time reader, it can stand alone but beware, there’s a strong chance it’s going to instill a furious curiosity to read about Delia’s other two sisters. This series is too much fun – don’t miss a single one.

1 comment:

Stacey said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Stacey xo