Ostracized by his family for his sexual identity, Prince Stephan is forced to flee his homeland before his older brother ascends the throne.
Stephan has been drawn to feminine things for as long as he can remember, so when the dire need for secrecy arises, he seizes the chance to don the perfect disguise. With the help of his loyal servant, Stephan picks his way through hostile territory, hiding his identity by posing as a woman. His only hope for asylum lies with the man who had been his friend and lover three years ago. But when that man also happens to be the crown prince of a rival country, things are a bit more complicated.
With war looming on the horizon, the danger of discovery grows by the moment. With all odds stacked against him, will Stephan find a safe place where he can be his true self, or is he doomed to remain a castaway?
This novella was intriguing from the outset. Stephan, a lowly prince from one land, is escaping with his manservant in the hopes of reconnecting with his first love. Stephan is male, but he wears women’s clothing to hide who he is from those around him – plus he enjoys dressing in frills and corsets.
I don’t want to say much as it will destroy the story for you. You’ll find unrequited love, past love, a new love, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to hit Stephan over the head several times for not seeing what was right in front of him.
The ending bothered me as if one is in enemy territory and knows that if they get caught it could mean their deaths or worse, are they going to lounge around in each other’s arms instead of getting out of town? I think not. Run, you bloody bastards, run!
Very well written and I wish it was longer.