The Heart of the Lost Star
Author: Megan Derr
Title: The Heart of the Lost Star
Series: Tales of the High Court 3
Genre: High Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, Trans
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
Kamir is on the verge of losing everything. Knowing full well he can't meet the ultimatum his parents have issued, he instead finally puts in motion his plans to live completely independent of them. His plans are interrupted, however, by the unexpected return of his despised ex-husband—and thrown even further into upheaval when he ends up comforting the man he's secretly loved for years.
Jader may not know where he comes from, but he knows where he belongs and what he wants—until he helps rescue some stranded Bentan travelers, one of whom looks almost exactly like Jader, throwing his life and everything he thought he knew into tumult. Scared and overwhelmed, Jader flees—and lands unexpectedly in the arms of a man he's always seen, but never really noticed.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Parents are difficult to avoid, especially when they're helping to finance Kamir and Kamir's children. Luckily, Kamir has a plan to get free. Except, the appearance of his ex-husband and the machinations of his parents just might make that impossible. Jader is the opposite: he loves his parents. He knows he's adopted, but he's managed to make a happy life for himself until the day his birth family appears and demands he come home.
The best way I can think of to describe this book is that it's a solid, enjoyable read. The plot and the twists kept me entertained, the characters were engaging, and it was generally a good book. There wasn't anything that had me jumping out of my chair in excitement and nothing disappointed me. It wasn't as good as the first book in the series, but I will definitely be rereading.
I do have to say I wish the ending had a slightly later epilogue. I would have liked to meet everyone's baby, or at least learn the genders. One of the amazing parts of this series is the intricacy of the gender-fluidity and I really feel meeting any of the babies and learning how they go from their birth gender to their true gender could give this series a touch more depth.
I absolutely recommend this book and this series. They are solid, enjoyable reads, and the intricacy of the characterizations always impresses me. This book was no different and I will definitely be rereading it soon.
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