Book Review – Marquis of Secret Doors by Lynn Lorenz

Royal Powers #3
Publisher: Lorenz-Lane Publishing
Pages: 227
Characters: Remy/Hugo
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Shared World

Blurb:
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.

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Review

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.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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