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The Soldati Prince

(Soldati Hearts #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at
ebook, 2nd Edition, 97 pages
Published November 23rd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 25th 2015)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


I'm almost always willing to take a chance on a new audiobook, especially with an interesting concept and a good audio sample, so I decided to try The Soldati Prince.

First of all, the narrator does a decent job with the story, even though his cadence sometimes rang a little... child-like, I'm going to call it. A little sing-songy at times. However, his accent was a breath of fresh air, and I liked the more diverse feel that it gave to the story.

The story itself felt really muddled. I love
* A Reader Obsessed *
3 Stars

A solid start to a new shifter series, with unique world building and paranormal lore.

Riley is just an ordinary guy, living an ordinary life - that is, until he finds himself in the most absurd, but fantastical, situation ever. Swept to another realm, he’s told he’s the mate of a King. A tiger shifter King, no less.

Khalon can hardly believe his horrible luck. He’s waited a long time for his fated mate - someone who will be a strong warrior and magically fierce, but all he sees is a
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
*It's sad when it had so much potential*

The book centers around human Riley Murrough and Khalon, the shifter king. After Riley finds out that he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and that he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter, after a bunch of Demons attacked him. Khalon, who is no less annoying at the fact that he's supposed to be mated to a human prince, sets out along side his Soldati warriors to bring the Riley home, thinking a
Poor Riley. One minute he’s closing up the coffee shop stuffing his face with leftover desserts. The next minute he’s running from black soulless demons down the alley. Next thing he knows, he’s in another realm altogether.

Khalon is the Soldati king. He’s been waiting for his prince to come so he can gain more power and have someone to help him protect the humans from the demons. Imagine his surprise when he finds his mate being attacked by the demons. But his biggest concern? His mate is a
3.5 Stars

This was a promising start to a new fantasy series by the ever-impressive M/M author Charlie Cochet.

When Riley (a human) is attacked by corpse like demons and then is rescued by a bunch of tigers, he thinks he’s going mad. Then the tigers turn into hot-as-sin warriors who whisk Riley away to a different realm – one where tiger shifters are royal warriors called the Soldati and Riley just happens to be the destined mate of their king, Khalon.

This was a fun and engaging little opening to
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Riley leaves his work one evening and is attacked by zombie-like demons. His WTF meter is pinging loudly, and he has no idea what is happening, especially when four large tigers show up to save him. He's convinced he needs to check himself into the nearest mental health facility until he is wisked, instead, to an AU where he learns he is the Soldati Prince, betrothed through Fate to the King of the Soldati, Khalon.

Khalon is disheartened to learn that a mortal human could be his Prince, and he
2.5 Stars......Hmmmmm.....welll, I liked the shell of the story I was provided. And the kiddie pool complexity of the MCs was cute enough to splash around in-for all of two seconds. And the writing style felt very strongly middle school, as did the length.

Honestly, I expected quite a bit more from Charlie Cochet. I love her THIRDS series. This just felt like a writing exercise never fully realized. The bones of the story are there, they just need to add the meat and spices we adults can savor.

Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tiger shifters ........ do I need to say any more ?

OK ...... Excellent world building , which didn't take over the whole narrative .
Likeable main characters and friends .
Hoping this is the start of a series , and a certain Soldati and Foxling get their own story .

First of all, thank you, Manouchka, for lending me this book. It was perfect for my challenge. I really appreciate it, but I am afraid I am going to disappoint you with my review. Sorry about that :/

For some reason, I had high hopes for this book, even after reading Hell & High Water. Not sure what it was - the cover? - the blurb? - that made me curious about it.

Even after I started reading and then double and triple checked my shelves to make sure I've never read this story before (because
Wow. This was so fun. I am such a fan of CCs. This is a series I WILL be continuing and I can't wait to see the rest of these characters find their HEA. 4 stars and I highly recommend. This was a good quick read with such cute little foxling shifters!!!!! OMG I love cute in my reads and these kids are too cute for words. ...more
Joyfully Jay
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
Updated for audiobook review
Read Veronica’s review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

The Soldati Prince is an expanded version of Charlie Cochet’s short story of the same name in the (incredibly fabulous) Charmed and Dangerous anthology. I loved that original story when I read it and was hoping for more books set in this world, so I was thrilled to see this new edition and plans for a further series. This is still a fairy short book (around 100 pages), but it is longer than the
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: onedrive
Riley works in a New York coffee shop, when he is suddenly pulled into another world, full of warriors, Tiger shifters, demons, and magic. Khalon the Tiger shifter and king of this world protects him but behaves like a jerk. Turns out, that Riley is supposed to be the mate, Khalon has been waiting for several centuries. However, he, a weak and powerless human could certainly not give Khalon what he needs, a strong and equal mate and partner, living and fighting by his side, or could he?
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and Yeah!!! For audio books...sometimes it is more fun to listen than read.

Well that was totally delightful...

Riley works in a bakeshop and the most magical thing in his world is lemon cake...that is until the night he 's saved from zombie like creatures that spew black ooze by tiger-shifting Soldati of whom might just be the Soldati king and Riley's mate...oh hell no!!! Neither of them are overly pleased with that
The narration, though not flawless, was engaging and very very well done. It secured the rating for this book.

I loved everything about this story and loved how light hearted it came across even through all the icky parts. I felt the world building was adequate for a first book in a series and didn’t really think I needed more to make the reading experience more fulfilling on that front. Riley was a sweetheart and while Khalon started out as an ass, I quickly warmed up to him.

My only issues faced
BWT (Belen)
The story has an interesting premise: Tiger shifters battle demons through different dimensions, and during one such battle the Soldati King finds his fated mate, who is human.

Much of the world building is through exposition and the action is off page quite a bit, which isn't unusual given this is such a short novella, but in all I thought there was a good amount of world building throughout. The biggest surprise, for me, was how scant the romance aspect of this was especially for a fated mates
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And so a new series is born! The Soldati Prince was so much better than I thought it would be. I admit to being nervous at first. I wasn’t sure I’d like it but I am a huge Charlie Cochet fan so I was absolutely up for giving it a shot. So glad I did.

It opens with us meeting Riley having conflicted dessert feelings. It was in that first paragraph I knew I was going to love him. He’s feisty, hilarious, sweet, and kind. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, even the Soldati King. Khalon, the shifter
BWT (Belen)
It's an interesting premise with decent world building, and a good start to a potential series.

I could understand Khalon's reticence to involve himself with a frail human, which is what mainly caused him to push Riley away.
“Wait, are you saying my soul had an emotional connection with him?”
Rayner nodded. He lowered his head and spoke quietly to him as they walked. “I think you are each as stubborn as the other. I also think the priestess was not mistaken. You were marked as his mate for a
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

As a fan of Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series, I had to pick this one up to see if it was as good as her other stories and it comes as no surprise to discover that THE SOLDATI PRINCE is amazing. Packing with humor, this short story had me laughing out loud. Riley is your typical human who seems pretty content in his own life until he is chased by strange creatures and later, he learns that he’s the intended mate for the Soldati king. Riley has no idea what this all means or what they have in
Shin Mon Thway
Funny and sweet novella. The banter between Riley and Khalon is simply hilarious. Beautifully written and the way the story end is very sweet. Looking forward to reading more of this author's work.

4 stars
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This audiobook was provided to me through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

This was a fairly short audiobook but it was long on enjoyment. A different take on shifters, Charlie Cochet brings us tiger shifters (of course—big cats are her favorites!), but they are from a different world—a world of magical creatures and warriors who defend humanity from the darkness.

Riley Murrough is just a regular guy and as he’s going about his work one day he’s suddenly in a
This was a unique story with great world building as expected by this author. I just thought it was way too short, there was not much "happy ending" given to us and after all that the characters went through they deserved more happy.

I also would have liked to see the Prince as he adjusted to learning he was Soldati and of course the King at least through one cycle of full moon where he was unable to use his powers. So, just felt rushed.

Still a good story.
3 Stars
3.5 stars

Overall an enjoyable short story or novella by the lovely Charlie Cochet. For me, personally, it didn't pack enough of a punch in the 100 pages it provided to be awesome, but I enjoyed it and it still had that Charlie Cochet charm to it. Personally, it was just missing what she has in the THIRDS series, but that might have been because of how short it was. If this was a full novel, I felt it could have been up to par with her THIRDS books.

But it was just short enough that it felt like
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I'd only recommend this for people who are really into the "fated mates" trope. I'm not, but even if I were I'd be disappointed by this. There's really no chemistry or romance. Ordinary human is recognized as destined mate of powerful shapeshifter ruler and snatched, king acts like a shouty alphahole, some danger, they accept the situation.

The most interesting bit was the melted tar demons at the start, those were a bit creepy, but they were defeated quite easily by magic. And apparently demons
Funzee Shu
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

*** 3.5 Stars rounded up ***

Riley Murrough never thought that his simply ordinary boring life as a worker at a coffee shop will change in just one night!
One time he'd spent his night 'taking care' of the left over cake at the cafe and the next thing he found out that his life is in danger because suddenly there a lot of demons chasing him and want his life!

And as if that's not enough, then out of nowhere there's this huge tiger came to save his life and change into human form before his eyes
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: para-mm-shifters
Lovely cover, decent shifter story! This author is usually pretty good with her shifter books and I enjoyed this one, no doubt. Riley is a likeable, relatable character, Khalon comes off as a jerk at first but grows on you, and the world building is interesting and fun. Loved all the little foxlings, and Khalons best friend Raynor is a treat. Great start to a new series! 3.5 stars!
Elaine White
Book – The Soldati Prince (Soldati Hearts #1)
Author – Charlie Cochet
Star rating -
No. of Pages – 97

Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes!

Genre – LGBT, Paranormal, Fantasy, Shifter

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Wow! What a rollercoaster ride that was!

Right from the start, I fell in love with Riley; he was fun, funny and charming in little small ways that made him so relateable, but also really different to other
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, shifters
* 3,5 STARS

This was quite an entertaining novella, which I had previously read in an anthology. This edition has been expanded and edited.

For being a short story, the world building is pretty decent. But because of that, I felt the romance suffered a little. We begin the story with Khalon being very much against the idea of Riley as his mate, a fact I understood, but I think he could have handled it in a different way. Then in the expand of a few days, after getting to know Riley better, he
4.5 stars

This was more than I expected it to be! At first I was trying to figure our "what's going on?", and trying to find good virtue in the overly bossy and annoying Khalon when I caught myself truly caught (!) in the story. It was sweet and quite short, actually gave a good world building without interfering with the romantic part which while short as well was still enough for me. Really interested seeing where this series is going to go from here. There are enough hints at the next couple
3.5 Stars

So this is an expansion of a short and I had a lot of the same problems with this novella as I did the short. It's just too quick. The beginning starts off great and I'm all for the king who wants nothing to do with his puny little human mate, and the human mate who's all snarky and feisty. But then it doesn't really go anywhere. Individually I liked Khalon and Riley. But I wanted to see their relationship develop not go from I'm resisting this to major event happening and changing
Sep 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 00-have, 00-dsp, 00-sale
Price drop at DSP today:

(And book 2 is on sale as well: )
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Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found devouring a book,

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