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The Prince He Loved

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Prince Raphael d’Alleven flees for his life after his family is murdered and the government of Alleven is taken over. Exhausted and unable to find a way off world, Raphael literally runs into his best hope for salvation: a genetically engineered soldier named Hadrian Ice. Ice hadn’t planned on taking service with anyone, but understanding the predicament Raphael finds hims ...more
ebook, 258 pages
Published July 31st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 30th 2013)
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.

When his family is massacred, Prince Raphael d’Alleven barely escapes with his life. Forced on the run, he’s exhausted, hungry and in pure terror while trying to get himself off world to get help from the Coalition of Worlds but with dozens of mercenaries looking for him, it’s almost impossible. Lucky for him, he runs into Hadrian Ice, the Augustus Regnant to the Hell’s Gate Clan Hellstorm, a world that creates genetically enhanced soldiers. With
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4 1/2 Hearts

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Raphael finds himself fleeing for his life when a coup is staged against his family, his entire family has been wiped out and the only way he can survive is to get off world and find his sister Raphaella. With mercenaries and bounty hunters dogging his heels Raphael literally runs into his salvation: a genetically engineered soldier named Hadrian Ice, hiring Ice brings to him more than just regaining the Throne. Ice isn’t looking to be hired but
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Original Blog Post:

I first encountered Michael Barnette through his Dragon and Fenyx books and since then have been on the lookout for more releases. His stories, at first glance of the blurbs, read much too formulaic but those of us who do read him find he has a uniqueness in terms of writing style.

The Prince He Loved is a great example of a formulaic plot of protagonists and antagonists. After reading the first few chapters, the readers are going to con
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It had action, adventure, sword-fighting, duels, treachery, romance, space travel, a vision of possible future worlds and cultures, genetically engineered super humans, kick ass fighters and just a whole lot of awesome.

I like an epic storyline. I really enjoy a complicated journey in a well crafted world. I love a hot romance where the men are tough yet sweet and can’t help falling in love. I like a story that can get me smiling and hot, sometimes in the same scene. This story h
Kristy Maitz
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Michael Bernette done really great work with his book. Story plot if really full and pulling. Both main characters are unique and reading goes very smoothly.

But still I have few negative pointers like:
- I did not feel the passion between main characters and if Ice couldn't gave Raphael what he wanted or rather needed he would not stay with Ice even if he loved him. So I was not convinced about there love,
- compare to the whole story ending did not felt right,
- what happened to all of Alonso's
4.49 stars. A few inconsistencies, but overall a very enjoyable read!
Right from the start, this story captivated me. The world building was so realistic I could almost see (literally) the market, the spaceport, the ships, everything, as if I was really there. Having read Michael Barnette’s work before, I had expected a good story, but I think this is one of their best to date. The adventure is ongoing and kept me riveted all the way through, with small mysteries cropping up here and there even though some things are a given. By the time I got to the last chapters ...more
Prince Raphael witnessed his family murdered before his very eyes and he's well aware he's next on the list. So he does the only logical thing he can - he runs. With all mercenary hunting for him escape seems a distant dream until he literally smacks into the very broad chest of one man who may help him survive. Ice, since that's his name, is a genetically engineered soldier. Much stronger and faster than any non-altered human has any hope of becoming. What's more when a Soldier enters a contrac ...more
3.5 stars

The premise was interesting and the MC's were fun to learn about. The relationship development between the Raphael and Ice felt weird to me and a tad weak. I didn't feel as if they were really in love even though in appearance they seemed deeply in love. Other than that I don't have any complaints.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, sci-fi
In overall, this is a fine written story by Michael Barnette. I liked both MC's but their so called love story, didn't feel sincere. A word for their love is Mechanical, it felt like that, to me at least. Their huge silent problem to hide their love from each other was so unimportant, it weakened the storyline as a whole.
I'm sure this storyline could be way better.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars...wonderful story of a new world, filled with Emperors, Amazons, Generals, mercenaries, cut-throats, and a Prince of his people who is so much more than how (and who) he appears, and the mysterious Soldier he's hired in to protect him in a moment of desperation...the Strip scene was so hot, I almost self-imploded :-)
Damian Serbu
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a really fun book to read! I loved the futuristic realms he creates in outer space, the tension of the love story, and the political circumstances that thrust the two main characters together. It's original, and that totally rocks.
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Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. Loved the intrigue,action and the attraction between the MCs.
Marsha Spence
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I really enjoyed this and will be checking out more of this authors work

2/1/2014 reread; enjoyed it as much on the reread...Would really like more of this world!
The ending seemed a little anti-climatic to me, other than that it was a great book.
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Dreamspinner Press: The Prince He Loved by Michael Barnette 1 11 Jul 31, 2013 10:06AM  
Multipublished author of erotic romances, mostly in ebook format, many of which are gay (m/m, yaoi) erotic romances though he also writes m/f and menage. He writes in multiple genres--scifi, fantasy, mystery, paranormal and horror--and often blends them into new and interesting forms.

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