Phineas Smith is the only human at a Mathers University, the power of the ley lines run through him. A place for a magical folk, the Seelie and Unseelie have an awkward truce on the grounds. Roark is Prince of the Unseelies, Phineas’ roommate and a pain in his ass. He always turns up when Phineas is being attacked by a monster and saves his ass, but complains about it the entire time. Someone is trying to upset the balance though, the Unseelies are getting attacked and the power-hungry want Phineas’ power.
I was excited for this, I wanted a romance and I love a paranormal romance. Let me just get it out-of-the-way; I liked this book, but damn did the first half drag. It was so slow, I put the book down and read another before I came back to it. But once the pace picked up and Phineas and Roark started interacting more, DAMN! I was in. So much cute angst.
As they began to get to know each other properly, as the walls were slowly lowered, they began to trust and learn from each other. It was to bloody pure, I loved it. Watching Phineas’ grow and embrace who he is, watching him become more confident was so heart warming.
Told from both boys points of view, the direct line into their thoughts and feelings, means the thoughts and feelings are contagious. Whenever Phin was happy I would smile, when he was confused or hurt, I wanted to give him a hug. Same with Roark. They both have so much going on, they are both scared. Phin was tortured by Roark’s mother, it makes for some issues for both of them. In the background of this budding romance, the Faerie world is beginning to fall apart. Pacts are broken and Roark is pulled in every direction.
Overall I give this book a big thumbs up, I just wish the first half didn’t drag. The writing was good and I will pick up the next book, although (SPOILER) so bummed it’s not all Phin and Roark. This book left me in a daydream happy state for a couple of days. Total swoon fest.
I received an arc from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Title – Prince Of Air And Darkness
Author – M.A. Grant
Released – 25th February 2019
Publisher – Carina Press