Friday, April 12, 2019

Review Tour: Honeythorn by Marina Vivancos (Giveaway)

Length: 58,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow


Omega Milan Pryor knows his duty. He must travel North through the continent towards the snow, the cold, and his new betrothed. They say that Lord Alpha Raphael Ledford, the man he is to marry, is as artic as the weather of his land. But Milan has always been an optimist. Perhaps he might find friendship in the arranged marriage. Even love.

It doesn’t take long for Milan to realize that all the rumours about Lord Raphael are true. Reclusive, distant, frigid. Milan finds himself unwelcome in what he must now call his new home. He’s used to fighting for what he wants—but can he survive a husband as cruel as Lord Raphael?

Being bonded to one who rejects you is a painful thing. Will Milan be able to win his husband’s regard? What terrible secret is Lord Raphael keeping, and will Milan be able to discover it before it’s too late?

Or will Milan perish along with his heart?

4 stars

Honeythorn is a standalone by Marina Vivancos.

Milan Pryor is an omega born and raised in the hot South, who moves across country to the North to meet the alpha he is to marry. Lord alpha Raphael Ledford is the alpha Milan is to marry. To everyone else, Raphael is a fair, caring and kind alpha but to Milan, he is cold and distant. Away from everyone and everything he knows, Milan tries to make the best of their marriage until without either’s knowledge, Raphael slowly starts to kill him. Once Raphael is made aware of what he is doing his whole personality undergoes a change. He confesses his painful past to Milan and they slowly get closer until Raphael’s ex-husband comes back to claim what he thinks is his.

I love that Milan was a strong, independent omega despite so many depictions of omegas as weak. He was smart and friendly and quickly made friends. He did the best with what he had and won over the staff. Raphael was very unlikeable at the beginning but as the story goes on you understand how truly innocent he was and how the abuse of his ex-husband had changed him. He did change and became an amazing husband, but I think it happened a little fast.

I love how Marina changes her writing style with each book. If I didn’t know she’d written this one, I probably would not be able to figure out it was her. It keeps me reading her books just to see how she is going to write them, and I love how different her views of the Omegaverse are. This book did start very slowly; I found myself stopping and restarting, but once it started getting good, I could not put it down and ended up staying up late to finish it.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Author Bio

When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health. She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

Marina tends to keep to herself unless prompted, so don’t be shy in approaching her!

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