Royal Powers #3
Publisher: Lorenz-Lane Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Shared World
Secrets are never good things.
Remy Marchand is the Marquis of Marchand. Royal by blood. But he’s got a secret. In a world where royals have superpowers, Remy refuses to reveal his power, especially to his family. His entire life Remy wanted is to be just plain old Remy, not the Remy the Royal the kids from his childhood tormented. Back from university, all Remy wants to do is work on his art. All his parents want him to do is get a real job in The Municipal. But Remy’s not up for a life of boring paper pushing.
Hugo Legrand used to be a follower and a bully. But that was ages ago and Hugo is now the owner of a fledgling construction company. With one job, he’s got the chance to really make a name for himself – the renovation of the Marchand’s stable into a luxury rental place. The only bad thing – Remy Marchand, the object of Hugo’s desire lives there at the chateau. But Remy is so far out of his league, Hugo doesn’t stand a chance with a royal.
Hugo past haunts him. He’d been one of Remy’s childhood bullies – and Remy remembers. Hugo’s secret – even at thirteen, he’d thought Remy was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. If his fellow bullies found out, both Remy and he would have been in even more danger, so Hugo watched over Remy and stayed silent, letting Remy think the worst of him.
Now, fate and circumstance has thrown Hugo and Remy together, and there is no denying the spark between them. In their dreams, that spark ignites desire and hope.
But if Hugo wants Remy, he can no longer keep his secret.
And Remy’s secret, if it stays hidden, can let Hugo and Remy live the lives of their dreams.
But once out, it could destroy their future.
I loved this sweet story. Remy’s power is very cool, and quite different. I read this in one sitting as once I started I got very invested in the characters and couldn’t put it down. I’m very much enjoying this shared world.
I love how Remy’s so determined to be loved for who he is, rather than what he can do, and for being a royal. I felt for Hugo, secretly attracted to Remy but knowing what that secret would do to both of them. He might not have bullied Remy, but he’s felt guilty for his association with the bullies, and doing nothing. He makes up for that in spades during this story, putting his own life on the line to do so.
I thought this story explored the idea of perception of self, versus how others see someone very well, including the misconceptions that come with being from different classes, and Remy’s relationship with his mother. I loved Remy’s father. He’s totally onto it, and quietly supporting and encouraging his son in the background. I liked Remy’s relationship with Gigi the cook too. In many ways she’s the mother figure in his life.
I loved the descriptions of Remy’s art work. His talent and the way he sees people and places because of it added a wonderful layer to his character.
Julian is a horrible person and deserves everything he gets. Hating someone because they have what you don’t is no excuse for that kind of behaviour, and he’s a good example of nastiness eating someone up inside. The scene between him and his cronies, and Hugo and Remy is exciting and I love how a desperate Remy uses his power because of it.
The ending is very sweet and HEA, and I loved the decision they made in regard to Remy’s power. Perfect.
5 out of 5 stars.