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Review: Swan Prince by Erin Lark

Swan Prince by Erin Lark
Romance, Shapeshifters, LGBT
Ebook (149 pages, ENTANGLED EDGE)
Trapped between his royal heritage and swan shifter status, Oliver doesn't pay close attention during his flock's winter migration, and gets caught in the crosshairs of a trigger-happy hunter.
Careening toward the ground with no place to go, Oliver submits to his human form. As his swan's feathers recede, he seeks shelter in an old barn.
Bastion's spent the better part of his adult life caring for a bunch of bullheaded stallions, but this is the first time he's ever found a naked and gorgeous man in one of his stalls. When he asks the man his name, he doesn't get a reply. Without a wallet or a voice to tell him who this stranger is, Bastion takes Oliver in, clothes him and tends to a mysterious wound.
Oliver has nowhere else to go. Bastion is in a bind after firing a farmhand who would much rather call in sick than do his job. When passion flares, can Bastion and Oliver overcome their differences, or will this swan prince fly south?

Author Site: website

Something was missing... (1 star)

It's been a while since I came across a swan shifter story so when SWAN PRINCE came across my digital desk I was excited to read something that's just not that common for a change. I feel like the blurb does the book a disservice in that it elaborates on events in the book more than the book itself does.

If you go in anticipating a sort of two-guys-stranded-fall-in-lust story you'll probably enjoy it. I could not get over the lack of chemistry, plodding pace, and contrived feeling of the entire story. You'll need a really strong ability to suspend disbelief for this one. Oliver seems strangely naive and so little is ever really explained about his swan shifting race that I felt like I was being asked to fill in too many of the blanks to get his situation. Bastion on the other hand is even worse. He alludes to past relationships with men and yet he's supposedly rarely away from the ranch he cares for horses at. The isolation doesn't make a lot of sense the way it's presented.

One of the biggest issues I had was with how slowly things moved along and part of that was a that sections were bogged down in horse care and talking about horse care... and yet the author referenced swans having talons many times... which swans don't have. I felt like the animal aspects of the story were very distracting. The second biggest issue I had was the lack of chemistry I felt between the characters. It was literally an insta-lust situation but I never saw a reason the two would fall in love beyond a fated-mate thing. This was actually only the second m/m romance I've read with open-door love scenes and I found that not even that element could save this one for me.

If you're into m/m romance that's more about the sexy times than an actual story you might dig this. I disliked it enough I almost made it a DNF.

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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