Friday, April 6, 2018

ARC Review: The Contingency Plan by Addison Albright

The Contingency Plan
A sheltered prince. A sudden death. An unexpected choice. How will Prince Marcelo react to discovering he’s The Contingency Plan?

For eighteen years, there has been peace between Sheburat and the kingdom of Zioneven. The untimely death of a princess throws the marriage arrangement—the final phase to complete the terms of the treaty—into disarray, and the contingency plan is put into motion. Now the Crown Prince of Zioneven gets to make his own choice from among the princess’s younger siblings.

As a rare royal son in the matriarchal sovereignty of Sheburat, Prince Marcelo grew up knowing he would never marry. Never. Royal sons did not marry. Period. Except, Prince Efren isn’t from Sheburat, and he has other plans.

Todd's rating:

This story had a lot going for it, but at only around 30 pages was way too short to give me what I had hoped for from the blurb.

I did enjoy watching the attraction between Prince Marcelo of Sheburat and Crown Prince Efren of Zioneven, but we were never given an on-page instance of them sitting down and having even a single honest-to-God conversation with one another.

They met, felt an attraction, were married, then Marcelo's man-servant was 'injecting' lube up his butt and the princely bow-chicka-wow-wow ensued.

But the one thing that I felt was extremely callous was that they buried Marcelo's twin sister that morning, then were all "Well, that was mildly depressing, let's have a royal wedding the very same afternoon." :- O

Wow, right?  Talk about cold and uncaring.

So the story had lots of promise, but would have been much better in a longer format, one where convincing feelings could have been developed.

3 stars.

My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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