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Hostage, Cheryl Headford

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Hostage, Cheryl Headford

Book Info

Publication Date
September 17, 2015
340 pages
Filed on personal Goodreads shelves: 2015 reads, Divine Magazine, paranormal, fantasy/sci, young adult, male/male
When Astrin Raphael finds himself held hostage in an unfamiliar place, he has no option but to try to have faith in someone who seems to despise him. Little does he know his captor is his nemesis, Rowan Gabriel, whose disdain for Astrin all started with a misunderstanding years ago.

The kidnapping of Astrin’s father and Rowan’s uncle leaves the two princes with no choice but to form a precarious alliance. Rowan casts off his hatred and reaches out to Astrin, but Astrin’s doubt and insecurity run too deep to let go of easily. It’s not until Astrin almost loses his life that he’s able to acknowledge what Rowan means to him and admit to the love forming between them.

Their struggle doesn’t end when they return home and their Houses attempt to broker a deal to determine their future together. Each prince might face a choice between keeping his title and finding happiness with the man he loves.

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solid four star, young adult read.
(Updated: December 15, 2015)
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. 

When woken from his "illness" Astrin knows something is off, not right. He just can't remember. His supposed friend is mean, and Astrin can't think why. Rowan has hated Astrin since his parents died, and he hated tending him while he is in their care. When Rowan's uncle and Astrin's father are kidnapped by the third House who wants the war between their Houses to continue, the boys are going to have to work together, as reigning Heads of House, to stop a world war, and get back their father and uncle.

First up, when I said I would read this book, I did not realise it was Young Adult. Had I know it, I would have passed it over. Why am I telling you this??

BECAUSE I LOVED IT! I really did. Its like an adventure story, a coming of age story, a first love story, a rebellious teenager story, all rolled into one, 340 pages long story that kept me going til the end. 

The boys, because at 19 and 17, they really are just boys still, set off to find Astrin's dad and Rowan's uncle, and end up finding each other. Their love grows, and neither boy really understands what it is they are feeling, til the are hit up side the head with the realisation that they love each other. They face many challenges along the way, and get help in all sorts of corners of the land they have to go into to get the men out. Its all very character building, and I mean that these boys grow into men along their journey.

I loved the beginning, with Rowan being such a brat, and hating Astrin as he did, but Rowan is the first to fall, and hard. I loved the hints and visions that were told to them along the way, that Astrin would save Rowan time and again, but Rowan need only to make sure he saved Astrin the once. Or Astrin would be lost forever.

It is, being young adult clean, and fairly violence free. Some suggestions and hints make me rate it upper young adult, 16 plus. 

I would like to read something more adult by this author. I'm not knocking this one, because I was surprised I loved it, being a young adult, but I would still like to read something with more bite.

4 stars

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