Wendy reviews ‘Yours Forever After’ by Beth Bolden, narrated by Brennan Rossi. Audio length 12 hours 16 minutes. Released September 2, 2021.
Fifteen years ago, Prince Graham of Ardglass barely escaped from the ancestral castle with his young life. Rescued by a magical creature and spirited off to a faraway valley, he grew into a strong, capable man – never shirking his duties on the farm, but forever bitter over his father’s betrayal. But just when he has finally come to terms with being lost and staying lost, a visitor arrives in his valley and changes everything.
After a lifetime spent lost in his beloved books, Prince Emory awakens to find his villainous aunt working to usurp the throne of Fontaine. When she sends him on a dangerous quest, he’s certain the journey is a trap, but he’s not willing to accept defeat without a fight.
But a fight is something Rory is unprepared and untrained for, until he’s saved by a handsome, unassuming farmhand and his snooty, smug, and surprisingly talkative unicorn.
Yours, Forever After now includes a bonus novella, completing Gray and Rory’s magical quest for true love.
*a copy of this audiobook was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Never judge a book by its cover, isn’t that the saying? I did though, I totally judged this book by its cover because it has to be one of my ten top favorite covers of all time. Having pre-judged, I’m going to let you know that the book did not disappoint. Once again, this is an audiobook that I’m listening to after having read the book. I’m really digging this way of being able to compare my initial take on a story and then seeing the difference it makes by listening to someone else tell it. There really is a difference too! Sometimes it’s subtle and other times it’s like… whoa… is this the same story? For me, I think this book fell into the middle of that spectrum.
Super engaging from the start, it had my attention from the initial scene that has MC Graham in a dire situation, fighting to escape with his life. It just got better from there. Once Rory, (the Autumn Prince) enters the picture things got really interesting. I loved both MCs. They were uniquely different, and in uniquely different places in life; yet had similar backgrounds. They worked perfectly together.
With wonderful world building, adventures, a grand quest, lots of drama and intrigue. Grey and Rory have more than just evil to overcome. The characters were surprisingly deep and I truly felt all the emotions and hard won acceptance and love while the romance was helped along with a meddlesome unicorn.
I loved this adult fairy tale as an e-book and as an audio.
Brennan Rossi, is a new to me narrator. I enjoyed his version of this story. He emotes well and was interesting to listen to.
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
A lifelong Oregonian, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband and their sweet kitten, Earl Grey. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.
Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published twenty novels and six short stories.