Everyone in the Drion Collective knows that finding your match—the one person in existence with the same soul mark as yours—is the best thing that could ever happen. But the last thing Lord Anders Hawthorne is thinking about when he boards a ship to Drion for the king’s funeral is finding his soul mate.
Captain Zachary O’Connell has the perfect life—his ship, the stars, and no emotional entanglements. When heat sparks between him and Lord Hawthorne, Zach gleefully dives into a no-strings arrangement. He doesn't expect it to last beyond arrival at Drion, any more than he expects trouble along the way.
Trouble quickly finds them, however, and it soon becomes clear that Lord Hawthorne is not only not who he says he is, but also that he's the target of a deadly plot. With danger all around them, Zach and Anders must work together to save the Collective. Meanwhile, Zach must come to grips with losing everything he always thought he wanted, to have the one thing he never dreamed he needed.
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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