Book Reviews

Royal Line by Sean Michael

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-October-2017

Book Blurb

Where’s the common ground between a tiger shifter foot soldier and his prince? 

Grio has one job—find dormant tiger shifters and introduce them to the world of Saffron Tigers. When he finds Professor Phoenix Lamoure, he discovers that Headquarters got a couple of key points wrong. Phoenix isn’t actually a professor but Saffron Tiger royalty…a member of the lost royal line. 

Phoenix didn’t have things easy growing up. His mother spent most of her life in a mental institution, and he spent his formative years in foster care. When a stranger approaches to learn about his family history, he’s wary. When said stranger actually kidnaps him, all bets are off! 

Can he ever believe what Grio says? Or will he be forever convinced that he’s as crazy as his mother was?




First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2014.

Second Edition published by OmniLit/All Romance eBooks, 2016.

Book Review

The idea of shifters, in this case tigershifters, living among humans without knowing who they are is a little scary. The approach taken in this story focuses on this issue, and assumes a shifter can live his or her entire life without knowing what they are. If something triggers their shift, they might have a real “situation” on their hands – or paws, as the case may be. But there is an organization that tries to track them all down, which is especially important in the case of the almost extinct Saffron tigers. Not that they really exist, this is a paranormal story after all, but there are enough actual tiger species threatened with extinction, so this detail isn’t too far-fetched. With one of the main characters being a Saffron tiger and people thinking it is his duty to help prevent extinction, there is an extra dimension to the issue – since he is gay and is not going to produce offspring.

Grio is one of the many agents in charge of finding lost tigershifters so they can be trained to deal with their abilities and don’t endanger themselves or others. Lack of control, shifting in anger, or just not being careful could all lead to catastrophe. Grio’s current case is particularly difficult – when he tracks down Phoenix Lamoure, the man is less than ready to believe Grio’s story, and more than stubborn in his resistance even in the face of shifting himself. When Grio discovers Phoenix is also a member of the royal tiger line, he knows he is in deep shit and likely to lose the man he knows to be his mate. Members of the royal line, after all, more than any others, have a duty to perpetuate the species.

Phoenix is a future professor of English working on his dissertation and less than inclined to believe a word Grio says. Then he gets kidnapped, but all he thinks is that he’s as crazy as his mother for thinking Grio can shift into a tiger. When Phoenix finally shifts himself, he thinks it’s a hallucination. Considering that his mother died in a mental institution, I totally understand why Phoenix is so incredulous. But once he discovers who he is and how much the organization in charge of tracking shifters and preventing their extinction depends on him? Watch out! Seeing him come into his power in a very different way from what the powers that be expected, was a joy.

If you like shifter stories that sound like fairy tales, lost princes included, if you enjoy reading about men who have fervently believed one thing all their lives only to be confronted with the total opposite, and if you’re looking for a read that is hot, fun, and has a royal prince come into his power, then you will probably enjoy this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 48 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-March-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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