After giving up on a few series, I’m glad to find that I have another one to read. I’m late to the Fueled by Lust books but there’s an advantage to that – I get to skip the wait between releases. I’m not even sure why I decided to read the first book in the series. I think it was when I read Texas in the blurb and then I saw that this came from Siren Publishing – well what’s a girl to do but just say yes? I was appropriately intrigued. Then it got even better because after the first couple of pages, I was hooked and had a good time for the remainder.
Drusus Tarquinius is the Prince of Insedivertus, a land far far away. He’s been on Earth for the last few years scoping out the females as potential mates for his fellow warriors and the men back home. As the Insedi Prince, Drusus has certain responsibilities and they include finding his own mate. The only thing is that he’s already been deceived and hurt by a human woman and he’s certainly not ready to put himself out there again but when the
call smell of his mate appeals to his senses, what choice does he have?
Avelina Roth is having the worst luck with guys. The last guy she went out with wants to change her, but Lina is secure enough with herself to not have any of that. As it is, she’s let that go on long enough. After her best friend, Cassis, invites her out for a girls night out, the ladies end up at a ‘male revue’ that’s owned by Drusus. I can only use my imagination here readers but Prater paints a very compelling picture of what these swarthy warriors look like – let’s just say that I had to pause and have myself a cold glass of water.
I really was expecting tawdry and tacky at this point in the story, but there was none of that. Drusus and his men have a valid reason for the kind of business they’re in. That being said – I’d like to tell you about the impressive world building. Initially I was, again, a bit skeptical about how Drusus’s story would evolve but within a few chapters I was completely gung-ho and on board with the complex yet understandable world that Prater brought me into. I think my new crush is Drusus. I’m saving myself for the other installments in the series – just in case. Yes, I know I’m being picky but once you read this story you’ll feel the same about Drusus and his warriors. There’s enough alpha that’ll make you stand up and pay attention but not too much to make you tear your hair out in frustration.
Now on to Avelina – she was wonderful. I liked that even though she was attracted to Drusus she didn’t skip her questions and when those answers didn’t sound right or make sense she asked more questions. It was through her that we, the readers, get the explanation of Drusus and his planet and how they came to be here on Earth. I thought she was adorable and very likable in that she didn’t let Drusus run over her. If she didn’t agree, he heard about it. I did see a few cracks in her armor when it came to Drusus but when you’re dealing with that good-looking of a guy – who doesn’t? I can’t blame her for questioning her appeal to McHottie.
All of the secondary characters where good even the bad guy was perfectly insane, yes there’s a bit of action and tomfoolery that paces the story quite well. I’m eagerly moving on to the next installment in the series – its Lina’s bestie, Cassie, and Drusus’s best friend and part of his royal guard, Severus. The sparks are already flying.
If you’re in the mood for a quick, fun and sexy read with a dirty-talking prince who is completely infatuated with his mate you’re going to like this one.
Happy Reading Folks!
*Book provided by author for review
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Fueled by Lust: Drusus
by Celeste Prater
Release Date: November 5, 2013