The Reluctant Companion (13 Kingdoms #1) by H.L. Day

The Reluctant Companion is a humorous and fun introduction to a new series by HL Day. A magical charmer turns a farm boy into his reluctant traveling companion as they banter through a journey of adventures.

From the blurb:

Sebastian might have the power to summon animals, but winning Jack over? Far more difficult.

As first encounters go, Jack and Sebastian’s isn’t ideal, leaving Jack nursing a grudge he’s not about to let go of in a hurry. Yet, if Jack is to find his missing sister, and Sebastian is to rescue his captured prince, they’ll need to set their differences aside and work as a team.

Jack is stubborn and somewhat volatile. Sebastian is vain and clearly in love with himself. But as the unlikely companions face all manner of dangers together, they grow closer. Rescuing the prince should be easy. Rescuing him from an impenetrable tower guarded by dragon-shifting knights? Okay, that part is harder.

But once the adventure is over, letting Sebastian go might be the hardest thing Jack has ever had to do.

The Reluctant Companion is an 85k MM enemies to lover’s story featuring murderous orcs, deadly creatures, and marauding bandits. Opposites attract in this light-hearted fantasy romance which mixes humor with action and adventure. Meet a whole cast of colorful characters in the first book of the 13 kingdoms series.

SNik's Review:

First in series (13 Kingdoms). Paranormal fantasy adventure. Frenemies to lovers. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Jack is on a mission to find his missing sister, but getting low on funds he may have to return home soon when he has the bad luck (or is it good luck?) of crossing paths with Sebastian, an opportunist and adventurer on a quest of his own. 

The immediate banter and attraction were so fun to read, and Jack is not easily won over by the charming and beautiful Sebastian which is the basis for their slow to build friendship as they become travel companions. 

Good world building without too much background that leaves some mystery to continue building the series. 

Emotional communication between Jack and Sebastian is not their strength but the story has little to no angst and there are small moments of kindness that really carry the relationship forward into a blooming romance. 

The Reluctant Companion is a really enjoyable read and I am here for more of this series with Jack and Sebastian.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Zakiyya's Review:

An entertaining and fun read.

I definitely enjoyed the adventures that Jack and Sebastian got up to on their journey. This was light-hearted, angst-free and exactly what I was looking for at the time. I liked the fantasy world that this author has built and enjoyed watching Jack take the chances he wouldn't usually dare to. 

I loved the constant banter between the two and I cannot wait to learn more about Sebastian cos I know there's more to him than he's letting on.

I'm definitely going to follow these two into the next book in the series. 

Rating: 4 Stars

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