A Stella Review : Honeythorn by Marina Vivancos


RATING 4 out of 5 stars

Omega Milan Pryor knows his duty. He must travel North through the continent towards the snow, the cold, and his new betrothed. They say that Lord Alpha Raphael Ledford, the man he is to marry, is as arctic as the weather of his land. But Milan has always been an optimist. Perhaps he might find friendship in the arranged marriage. Even love.

It doesn’t take long for Milan to realize that all the rumours about Lord Raphael are true. Reclusive, distant, frigid. Milan finds himself unwelcome in what he must now call his new home. He’s used to fighting for what he wants—but can he survive a husband as cruel as Lord Raphael?

Being bonded to one who rejects you is a painful thing. Will Milan be able to win his husband’s regard? What terrible secret is Lord Raphael keeping, and will Milan be able to discover it before it’s too late?
Or will Milan perish along with his heart?

I picked Honeythorn although I’m not an assiduous reader of non shifter Omegaverse stories, nothing against the trope, on the contrary. I read the previous novel the author released on January, Rat Park, and deeply loved it, so I wanted to give this new title a chance, with some reservation.

I have to say it was a surprise how much I enjoyed Honeythorn, the story was well done, easy to follow, nothing too complicate or strong in the plot. Still there were some hard times for these characters to overcome, some misunderstandings to solve and an ex to fight off. At the end it was a light reading, quite sweet. I found the dynamics between Milan and Raphael interesting, most of all I was in awe with Milan, how brave he was to move to another country, so different from his, to marry a stranger and then when he discovered in this stranger a cold and cruel human, Milan was still strong enough to fight for his marriage and his life. Nothing is as it seems and things developed so great I learnt to love both MCs and their new life together.

Honeythorn is surely a different novel, there were some elements that recalled the steampunk and recency settings that I appreciated so much. It’s not for everyone, if you are not a fan of the Alpha-Omega dynamics. That said I truly hope the author will decide to write more stories like this one.

The cover art by Natasha Snow is incredibly beautiful! I find it one of the best I saw so far this year. The colors, the font and then how much it’s fitting,  simply astounding.

Sales Links:  Amazon


Kindle Edition, 307 pages

Published April 1st 2019


Edition Language English