Review: In His Majesty’s Service by Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban

Posted September 12, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: In His Majesty’s Service by Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban
In His Majesty's Service

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Genres: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on 11 September 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

I’m not usually one for a royal romance story, but every once in a while… handsome royals do it for me.  But especially if the story is set in space and involves a curmudgeonly Navy space captain who resists a prince’s charm.


In His Majesty’s Service had an exciting premise.  A royal on the way back for a family funeral finds his fated soulmate right about the time a deadly conspiracy is exposed.  While his handsome, sexy Captain may have an allergy toward relationships and bonding, the man also scrambles to protect Anders.  There was a nice push and pull going on with the relationship issues and with the intrigue part of the story.

This may be fated mates, but it is not easy.  They are a pair of opposites and come with complicated backgrounds.  Anders and Zach fuss, fight, and have a ton of make-up bouts.  At times they are hilarious and swoony, but at others I did want to flick the pair of them on the ears.  Zach especially.  The soulmates match up had a psychic element to it that came with extra connection other than just a mate attraction in this world.  I enjoyed this along with the two men’s take on it all.

I had a good time with the book, but I did feel that it could have been streamlined somewhat particularly when it went over the same ground with this pair and their love affair (yep, I was skimming sex scenes and arguments by the end because it wasn’t advancing the plot), but also the acrimony between Zach and the two security guards for Anders got a tad annoying too.

So, a little long-winded, but still a fantastic read.  Those who enjoy super spicy M/M Sci-Romance with a twist of intrigue should give it a go.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I skim sex scenes when they don’t advance the plot too, otherwise it feels repetitive to me. Despite it being long winded, it’s cool that the concept drew you in!

    • Yes, exactly, Lily. I loved the story and will definitely read more by the authors, but I did wish for some of the spots to get a move on. 🙂

  • Sounds good even if it was a little long winded.

    • I had a great time reading this one, Mary. They were a great pair of characters with good intrigue plot and a fun world. The long-winded parts were tolerable as a result. 🙂

  • It sounds like you had fun with this one in spite of the long windedness.

    • I really did, Nadene. This pair of characters cracked me up and were great together plus there was good action and worldbuilding.

  • I like a royals romance now and then. i read a fun contemporary romance royals series earlier this year. But mostly stick to the sci-fi ones when it comes to royals. Nice their romance is a bit of s struggle even with the fates mates trope going on. The psychic element sounds fun. That’s too bad it covers the same ground a bit too often, I find myself skimming sex scenes at times too if they aren’t well written or don’t add much. Glad to hear it mostly was an enjoyable read :).

    • Haha, yes, I feel badly when I do start to feel the sameness even when its a sex scene, but I do need to see the plot moving forward. This one had a lot of wonderful things going for it so it was definitely mostly a great read.