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By Chance Met (Chronicles of Ylandre #3)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  725 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
A chance meeting heralds the convergence of two heretofore wildly divergent fates.

From the moment he laid eyes on the handsome Lord of Ilmaren, Naeth Orosse fell head over heels in infatuation with him. And after that first meeting in the middle of a tavern brawl in the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, Reijir Arthanna did not forget the orphaned youth who came to his aid un
ebook, 235 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Liquid Silver Books (first published November 26th 2011)
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Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads
12/19/15: Series RE-READ in preparation for newest book, coming December 21, woot woot!

Original Review

4 Stars

So, I'm completely obsessed with this series right now.



Like as in the Tom Cruise style "I'm so obsessed with Scientology I shall laugh maniacally" kind of obsessed.






I know this series kind of...different... what some might say is a "weird" M/M on steroids genre...

...But whatevs!

I freakin' DIG it.


See Mer-Man says it's cool, so it's aight.

So see, totally reas
Nov 23, 2013 Vivian rated it liked it
Still love the world of Ylandre. While this one was good, and who doesn't like a duke and his ward pining for each other, the miscommunications multiple times annoyed me.
Still in love with this lovely ALL MALE world...These men are still so good to me

This is the third novel in the Chronicles of Yllandre series, and like the first two I was just totally enthralled with this world. Eresse, has created such a rich place to go in her books. The imagery, the characters, the history of Yllandre is beautiful. The lore and traditions by this installment were so well known to me, and so natural to read about it was almost soothing to go back for a visit.

This is Reijir an
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧•°**★❧ •°**★
Miscommunication and...A Damsel in Distress....3 Stars

I hate that theme.

Naeth, felt like a 10year old character. I did not heart him.

Reijir he was a hot-tempered mess kick ass lovely MC. I heart him.

This world is fabulously crafted, Naeth was a bumbling mess at times, and I adored him.

Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

This is the third book in the Ylandre series, an elaborate world of titles, arranged marriages and male pregnancy. It follows in the footsteps of its prequels, with great characterization, vast world spread and a solid story.

Naeth lost his family in a fire and ended up working in a tavern for a family friend. One night, Lord of Ilmaren walks in with his friends and Naeth is completely enchanted by the Lord's e
Boring as f*ck.
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And here I thought Lassen was a chick-with-a-dick. Well, at least Lassen was a normal, romantic chick...Naeth here was of the worst kind...TSTL! (i.e. too stupid to live) He was one of those chicks whose sheer idiocy leads them headfirst into dangerous situations, from which the hero saves them...Just kill me now!

I hated Naeth with passion. Bland, blushing, stuttering, mousy, with a distasteful habit of eavesdropping..pathetic. I HONESTLY can't see why Reijir would be attracted
Don Bradshaw
I believe that this was the best book in the series so far. It was cleanly written without any bog down and had all the members of the previous books in it. I liked Naeth and Keiran a lot. Reijir was very noble but needed a boot in the ass to wake up from the hurt Darion gave him 25 years ago. Both Kieran and Reijir were mistreated by their ada and were each damaged in their own way. Naeth was a study in resiliency with all that he went through in his short life. This was a true romance story b ...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
It's been a long time since I've read either Sacred Fate or Hallowed Bond. I enjoy this series very much because of the world that's been created and the uniqueness of the stories.

One thing that Eressë is always able to do is make me love her characters whether they are sweet and innocent or cold and mean. With this story, Naeth is the sweet, innocent one while Reijir is cold and sometimes mean and harsh. They are drawn to each other from the start, though, and Reijir tries to stay the gentlema
3.0 Stars

Reijir Arthanna, the Lord of Ilmaren, is a survivor of a troubled past. Abused by his sire and betrayed by his first love, Reijir has not risked his heart in years and has no intention of doing so ... until Naeth Orosse enters his life. During a tavern brawl, Naeth saves Reijir from a head bashing. When fate brings them together again, Reijir returns the favor and becomes the the orphaned youth's guardian. Reijir successfully fends off Naeth's flirtations and ignores their mutual attrac
Pamela Su
Ok. I have a confession to make. When a story is done well, I have a weakness for too-stupid-to-live characters. Boy, do I love this story.

Naeth is a naive, blinkers-on young man who sees absolutely no wrong in his hero, Reijir. Meanwhile, the rest of the readers are probably going "Dude! WTF, Reijir?! Again???"

While I feel I ought to be throwing this book at a wall, I find myself hugging it close and reveling in my guilty pleasure. I loved seeing Naeth follow Reijir around like an adoring pupp
Mar 01, 2016 Jacq rated it really liked it
Hot tempered+mild manner-cute! I really wish this writer would proceed, further pass the year of the first book. Love love this couple!
Edina Rose
Nov 21, 2011 Edina Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, m-preg
Moving Men-Pregnancy story

- The main characters, Reijir and Naeth, are well crafted, three dimensional characters. Both have a very painful past, are imperfect and make huge mistakes. But they also stand out as amazing men, Naeth with his pure heart and innocence, and Rei (who is a member of the "royal" family) with his ethics and his total lack of snobbery in a hierarchical class society.

When they start having feelings for each other Rei is an authority figure for Naeth who is still underage
Lilli *slowest reader ever*
2.5 – 3 stars or something.

Seeing the high ratings and great reviews this book has received, I'm feeling a bit like the odd duck in the pond because I think this one was the weekest installment in this series to date. Compared to the first two books it was rather bland in terms of characters, events and/or plot.

Despite the smooth narration and rich fantasy world I found the story to be dragging, unoriginal and rather boring with characters I couldn’t quite warm up to. The twists and turns of the
Nov 12, 2013 Ayanna rated it did not like it
Naeth is a useless damsel-in-distress of an ingenue whose default method of dealing with issues is running away. God. He's such a woman. Who is permanently PMS'ing. Just...the way he reacts to things. It's like every horrible stereotype of women all wrapped in one. It's like Padme Amidala, but when in II and III, when she was the useless damsel in distress and the useless sobbing wreck, respectively.

Reijir I thought I would like/I really wanted to like, but he's got issues. A lot of them. And no
Mar 18, 2012 Kazza rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the Chronicles of Ylandre. I've read all three released thus far and all three have been worth every star of the 5 star rating(s).

Naeth worked at a rough tavern after having tragically lost his family in a house fire. He really was rewarded for unselfishly helping out visiting True Bloods at the tavern when a brawl erupted and some foul play was at hand. His life at the tavern was rather Cinderella-ish as the owners' partner certainly acted like an evil step mother (
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Aug 06, 2012 Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
5 Hearts

First published at MM Good Book Reviews

Oh yes… Eressë you beauty, you have produced yet another incredible story. Reijir is wary of trusting anyone but when Naeth sweeps into his life Reijir’s family and friends notice the difference straight away. Naeth’s life fell apart when his family was killed in a fire, helping a friend of his father out; he ends up meeting Reijir who turns his world upside down.

YES! YES! YES! Ylandre is back and is just as i
Jan 01, 2012 Tj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
This was the third in the series. You see the couples from the other books in this one. I enjoyed watching the innocence of Naeth melt Reijir. Reijir is so harden from his past that Naeth slips past his defenses and before he knows it has made himself a part of Reijir. Reijir needed the whole devotion that Naeth gives him. I did think Naeth a little too naive to the point of just being stupid. Reijir was almost too harsh. It was an interesting combo. This book just didn't have as much drama as t ...more
Another fascinating installment in Eressë's Chronicles of Ylandre. I loved that in this book we actually get to know and experience some of Ylandre's lower class. Although some of the later plotlines were a tad too predictable, By Chance Met is nevertheless a book that you start and don't want to put down. Naeth and Reijir are well-developed characters that actually have reasons for their actions, and I really enjoyed that Eressë gave both of them extensive background histories. Reijir's brother ...more
This is the third book in the Chronicles of Ylandre series and for me it was the weakest so far. I liked the relationship between Reijir and Naeth but I thought the plot was predictable at times and the ending was very long winded. That said, I did enjoy the book and will definitely be reading Heartstrings.
Jun 17, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2012
So, I feel like 1/2 - 1 of these stars is just good will from the previous two books. I liked it, but the constant sobbing and misunderstandings just drove me nuts! My god...the big misunderstanding is old after one use and there were at least 3, maybe 4 in this book. So, a generous 3 stars for this one.
Apr 23, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, mpreg, read-2013
4.6 stars

Angst, heart-aching.
Still loving it. While I'll admit that I am seeing repetitiveness in the storylines of these books it's not enough for me to get bored with this world.
I really liked book 1 in the series, and book 2 was interesting enough, too. But this third book didn't work for me. It was often predictable and I just couldn't take to the two main characters.

The beginning really excited me, when it showed orphaned Naeth working in a tavern. I thought we were finally going to see something of the regular people's lives in Ylandre. But instead, Naeth soon became the ward of Reijil, and we were back in the world of the powerful, and my hopes were dashed. That is
Oct 31, 2015 Tonileg rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, m-m
So often authors try to convince the reader that changing to fancy clothes and expensive hairstyles can be enough for a poor uneducated person to attract in an enduring way a rich powerful educated person.
This is not the case in real life which really throws me out of a story when they try to push that agenda.
We don NOT find that in this story, thank goodness!
This is a case of an orphan poor person, but he was raised his entire life as an educated boy in a good loving family so this is a Cinder
Wendy Ann
This series and the world in which it takes place is such an interesting dichotomy of old and new. For example, it feels historical from the perspective that people travel by horse and/or carriage, they use oil lamps and candles, and they have minimal modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing. Yet, the year is futuristic (late 2000’s, early 3000’s), there’s some time travel, etc. – this diversity is part of what I love about the series.

As for the characters, I loved Naeth and Reijir much more
Sep 27, 2011 C rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
So, full disclosure, I did not read book 2 due to the betrayal referenced in some of the reviews. Like them, when I found out what it was I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to get past it. I think the author may have heard you guys (and sensed the reticence in folks like me who hesitated to read) by putting a pretty touching scene in this book addressing and having Rio "own" the betrayal. Rio is obviously still heavy with the guilt, as he should be, but at least there is acceptance that what h ...more
Main Characters: Naeth Orosse & Reijir Arthanna
Key Themes: Age Gap, Social Differences, MPreg, Paranormal
Location: Ylandre

Rei and Naeth are easily the least convincing couple of the series so far.

This is similar to Book I Sacred Fate (Chronicles of Ylandre #1) by Eressë, except Naeth does not have Lassen’s sparkling personality and beauty, and Rei does not have Rohyr strength of character. Instead Naeth was kind of insipid, a bit stupid, and oddly fond of eavesdropping on Rei's conversations.

Whilst I commended Rei for his sexual restrai
I really enjoy this series. Though i like this book a little less than the first two. I wasn't sure if I'd find it creepy with the ward/guardian relationship, but I didn't. Rei doesn't really "parent" Naeth ever, so it's more technically, than emotionally so it was fine. Rei was a bit of a jerk for a lot of the book. And Naeth was way too immature. That's where it becomes squicky. Naeth is no where near mature enough for an "adult" relationship. And Rei is a bit of a rapist, no matter how Naeth ...more
This whole series is at the top of my-6-star-favs list. I love the characters, the world, the concept of "turning". Everything is so well written and the characters are all so deep. The only stumbling block for me is the names, it takes me a while to get them anchored in my head since they are not something I'm familiar with and often can't figure out how to pronounce them correctly. But other than that this whole series is amazing and should be read one right after the other. The timelines over ...more
Sep 20, 2015 NJS rated it it was ok
I'm slowly but surely making my way through the series. I like the world and the author's tone an diction. This story was decent but very reminiscence of the first two books. I would like to see a story in the verse without the political or monetary plot device, lack of communication, miscommunication, and seemingly unrequited love. It's boring and tedious, especially since the writer has a pension for happily ever after. I am not opposed to that, but can we please travel down a different road i ...more
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Eressë has always enjoyed reading and writing historical fantasy. Indeed, her pen name is taken from the elvish language J.R.R. Tolkien created for his fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, a favorite of hers since way back when. However, most of her stories turned into M/M romances because the male leads had more chemistry with each other than with the females. Why she wrote them that way she doesn ...more
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