Kidnapping, poison, and sex -- oh, my! Spring has sprung in the island kingdom of Hellas, but with no signs of an occupant for the royal nursery Queen Danaë is starting to worry about her own fertility. Her concerns aren't helped by the arrival of the legendarily conniving Dowager Queen Atilia of Illium--or the woman's handsome grandson Prince Marcus, on the run after being accused of poisoning his older brother. In the neighboring kingdom of Ypres, Danaë's royal husband Matthias is dealing with dangerous family politics and a wolfish duke who has kidnapped a young noblewoman for immoral purposes. Or has he? Can Matthias ward off the threat of civil war, outwit his relatives, and deal with a charming rival in his wife's own palace?
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
Palace of Scoundrels continues with Matthias and Danae's story. They have now been married for over six months, seeing each other every night courtesy of their matching mirrors, but Danae is still not pregnant. This is a part of their storyline, but doesn't monopolise it. Intermingled with that, you have a betrothal with an unwilling bride who is in love with someone else, plus a prince accused of poisoning his brother.
With such a full and intricate tale being told, you could forgive Nicola Cameron for dropping the ball with one of the storylines. However, no forgiveness is necessary as every single story is fully completed and fleshed out, without it becoming dreary reading. Every character, whether in Ypres or Hellas (or indeed any other place mentioned), is complete in every way, whether they are "supporting" or "main" characters. The Two Thrones series is a wonderful Fantasy Romance with plenty of action and steam.
Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, I can most definitely recommend this book! Absolutely loved every moment of it, and am looking forward to reading more by this author.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Nicola Cameron is a married woman of a certain age who really likes writing about sex. When not writing about sex, she likes to knit. And she may be rather fond of absinthe. Well, it’s true!
Okay, okay, the full version: Nicola Cameron has had a healthy interest in sex since puberty, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to write about it. Turns out that the skills picked up during her SF writing career transfer rather nicely to erotic romance and erotica — who knew?
Speaking of erotica, her fantasy erotic romances Storm Season and Breaker Zone (Books One and Two in the Olympic Cove series), Romance on the Go™ novelettes “A Boon by Moonlight” and “Grading the Curve”, coyote shifter paranormal romance Trickster, and fast-paced SF caper romance Two to Tango are are all available from Evernight Publishing. She is currently working on Behind the Iron Cross, a dark MMF erotic romance set in Weimar Republic-era Berlin, and Deep Water, Book Three in the Olympic Cove series. Her To Be Written work queue currently stands at around nineteen books, and thanks to certain enablers in Baltimore she may have added two more to that list. But hey, who needs sleep?
When not working, she’s usually making Stuff™, kissing her husband, or entertaining her cats.