Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Poison Marked by TJ Nichols – Stocking Stuffers

Kill his lover or disobey his king and instigate civil war?

As the feared court poison master, Nikko is sworn to do as his king bids. As the lover of the king’s nephew, Lord Rodas, Nikko must hide his affection or risk being labeled a traitor and punished. A former thief who clawed his way into the palace from the filthy streets, Nikko longs to be deserving of Rodas’s love.

A respected war hero, Rodas is in a delicate political situation. He is not the kingdom’s natural heir, though many support his claim over the wastrel, Prince Fortin. The last thing Rodas wants is war. His highest ambition is for Nikko to openly wear the jewels he’s bestowed on him as a public declaration of their love.

Neither man is prepared for the king to order Nikko to poison Rodas during the solstice feast or for the deadly intrigue they’re plunged into, which exposes their affair and rocks the foundations of the kingdom.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I don’t even know where to start with this review. Because the events take place around the solstice, it lacks the holiday feel of most of the other stories in the Advent Calendar. However, as this is a m/m historical fantasy romance, it’s actually perfect for inclusion in the collection. Not to mention, it is one seriously good story. Nichols managed to not only entertain me, but to suck me into Nikko and Rodas’ story so fully that I forgot I was reading a novelette. The hidden love affair. The forbidden nature of their love. The courtly intrigue. Petty jealousies. MUUUUURDER! It was all there and left me wanting for more – not because it’s a novelette, but because I enjoyed the author’s writing and the characters so much, that I wanted to see what happens next.

I was thrilled to get to read Poison Marked and will be checking out the author’s backlist as soon as I can.

TJ NICHOLS is the author of the Studies in Demonology series as well as several novellas. Having grown up reading thrillers and fantasy novels, it’s no surprise that mixing danger and magic comes so easily. Writing urban fantasy allows TJ to make sure that evil gets vanquished and the hero gets his man.

With two cats acting as supervisors, TJ has gone from designing roads to building worlds and wouldn’t have it any other way. After traveling all over the world and Australia, TJ now lives in Perth, Western Australia.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: Poison Marked by TJ Nichols to read and review.

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