Prince of Faith by Belinda McBride


 Held
captive in a whorehouse, Markus Dayspring wakes every morning with a
thirst for revenge, and collapses every night with a prayer for
strength. He lives on in spite of deadly addictions and a crippling,
shameful secret. When he’s rescued by a man from his past, his
reawakened love threatens to crush his damaged soul.

Caius also
has a secret, one that could ultimately kill him. But his vow to rescue
Markus is stronger than guilt, fear and even his loyalty to King Helios.
Too many have died because of Caius and rescuing the missing prince
might allow him to sleep without nightmares.

Old habits are hard
to break and new pain threatens their growing love. Yet one gleaming ray
of hope continues to guide them to safety, even in the face of an
unexpected violation of trust. With the stakes growing higher by the
hour, Markus and Caius must learn to have faith before they can heal and
face the future together.

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I need
to start off this review by stating that I’m an idiot. I’m not sure what made
me think it was a good idea to start on Book 3 of a series, but it was a big
mistake. Don’t do it – especially for this one. That being said – I can’t wait
to go back and read the first two books!

Apparently
(remember, I had to figure a lot of this out as I went along and fill in the
blanks with the rest), Markus is the cousin of a king who had been sold into
sex slavery. He’s been searching for years on various brothel planets with the
king’s general to locate him. Right when it seems he’s about to achieve victory
– he is betrayed by both the general and the king. For people who’ve read the
earlier books, they know that General Griffin and Helios are lovers and that
everyone believes Markus to be a dirty, rotten, betraying scoundrel. Not the
case – poor guy’s been framed.

Jump
forward a couple years. Once it becomes clear that Markus isn’t the betrayer
he’d seemed, King Helios sends Caius to rescue his cousin who’s also been sold
into sex slavery. Caius and Markus have an epic back story (which I need to
read!), and  both have changed enormously
from the time they first knew one another and fell in love – something they
both denied, so never acted upon. When Caius finds Markus, he discovers a man
who’s been beaten and almost broken, abused in horrific ways, and addicted to various
drugs – including a horrible aphrodisiac that keeps him in a constant state of
blue balls. But Caius has demons of his own.

This
is an angsty tale of two men fighting seemingly insurmountable odds to be
together. What I loved about both of them is that even though they approach
things differently and come from different worlds, they are strong and they are
fighters. They’re determined to protect those who they love, even at the cost
of themselves. Their chemistry was strong and unmistakable, and I was
completely invested in their love story. There’s more of an emphasis on story
than sex (despite the subject matter), but it works perfectly and when these
two do get together – phew – they are hot.

McBride
is an amazing storyteller, her writing flows well and the story wasn’t
predictable. The secondary characters worked for me, although I wasn’t as
invested in Tess as I think the author wanted – I have a feeling she’ll get her
own story as she seemed to be gender fluid. I’d still be interested in that because
I love a good gender flex story, plus I think if I knew her better, I’d care
more.

Overall,
stop what you’re doing right now, buy this series and get to reading. Those
damn presents can go wrap themselves. I give this 4 and a half lizard claws.