Book Reviews

Hostage by Cheryl Headford at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Other Planets / New Adult / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-September-2015

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

Hostages have been used for various purposes over the centuries, and on the Earth-like planet this story is set on, the practice has been continued into the future. With four Houses fighting for dominance, two of them close to war because of an old misunderstanding, there is lots of conflict and animosity to go around. In principle everyone wants peace, but when it comes to the actual negotiation and compromising stage, it’s all suddenly a lot more difficult. Sound familiar?

Prince Astrin’s situation is a particularly difficult one. He has been taken hostage by House Gabriel, to force his father into negotiating a peace treaty. He has been placed into a coma to avoid him escaping, and is memories have been erased. Pretty brutal, but his captors think it’s necessary. When he is awakened, he has no idea whom to trust, and doesn’t have any idea that all of the awful things Prince Rowan tells him are untrue. This is not a good start to a relationship that is supposed to be turned into the basis for a future peace treaty!

Prince Rowan hates Astrin and his whole house with a vengeance. They killed his parents, and he will never forgive them. So when his uncle orders him to take care of Prince Astrin (in a bid to let them become friends), he does his very best to be horrible and insulting. He succeeds. But as time passes, he begins to see Astrin as a human being, and things change radically when they go on a mission to save Rowan’s parents and figure out who the real bad guys are.

This novel is wonderful for many reasons. Astrin and Rowan are great characters, and though they begin as enemies, they gradually grow closer as they grow up and begin to see the world less from their own personal points of view and more as the adults they are becoming. Their adventures are action-packed, but the emotional exploration is just as important. And the setting, twists and turns, and many revelations held me captivated and made this an excellent read.

If you’re looking for a great coming of age story, if you prefer slightly futuristic settings with young men who face seemingly insurmountable odds, and if you’re looking for an emotional read that is filled with action, adventure, wonderful humor, and the beginnings of love, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 340 pages/118337 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-September-2015
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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