My anticipation for the final instalment in the reverse-harem Territorial Mates series was high and the book (mostly) did not disappoint! The love matches still had that tantalising slow-burn appeal while the political machinations and plot-line kept me completely engaged! I read this book all in one sitting. Despite my overall enjoyment there were a few issues I had with the development of their reverse-harem relationship considering this was the final book. If you’re looking for a slow-burn paranormal reverse-harem romance though, you’re in the right place!
Sometimes sacrificing your heart isn’t enough.
Lily escapes with Salem and Destino to shifter territory, where deception lurks around every corner. With the Queen of Jacoba unable to rule, too much responsibility falls to Lily, who realizes she will never be the princess the shifters want. However, she quickly learns that she might just be the ruler they need.
Mating with Prince Salem wasn’t in the plan, but now that Lily’s fallen for him, her marriages to Prince Destino and Prince Alexavier are put to the test. Sharing seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but when passions run high and the stakes are higher, the Territorial Princes have to decide if they want Lily for themselves or peace for the nation.
The political build up between the Vampire, Shifter and Fae Kingdoms reached an all-time high in Malicious Prince. I absolutely loved it and this was the best part of the book, if I’m being honest. The unexpected ending of Wicked Prince had set this book up for a political climate that was not only founded on prejudice but bursting at the seams with anger from the swift, unpopular changes the main characters had instigated. I loved how Twomey incorporated more of the back story and world-building in to this third book. Most of the questions regarding the hatred between the Kingdoms were (finally) answered. Everything was culminating to a final political climatic event and I was right there along with it.
That said, the reverse-harem relationship in the third book needed a bit more OOMPH. Everything seemed to be super slow and still unsolved near the ending of the book. I had expected more growth, communication and understanding between the four of them and this just didn’t seem to be the case. Perhaps there is another book in the series I’m unaware about that targets some of the big-ticket communication issues they’re still experiencing but if there is, I don’t know of it yet. Taking it as a finale in the series, I was expecting a hell of a lot more in regards to their strategies for making everything work between them.
The insight in to the shifter world marked the final piece of the puzzle regarding the three Kingdoms. We were gifted with a privileged look inside the Shifter strong-hold and as I mentioned earlier, things started to finally make sense. That said, my previous adoration for Prince Salem and Prince Alexavier were pretty much dried up in this book. The lack of communication and strategies for building a strong, healthy relationship really got on my nerves. These are men who run whole nations. How was it impossible for them to negotiate with each other and communicate? It’s practically their job descriptions!
Despite these issues, this series is still one of my favourites. The first book was a really strong start to the series and the unique take Twomey has placed on the warring Kingdoms was fascinating to read about. I really enjoyed the world-building, side characters and majority of the reverse-harem (pretty much everything from the first two books). If you’re in the mood for a paranormal reverse-harem romance, I’d definitely recommend you try this!