The Fae Menagerie (Fortune Favors the Fae) by Edie Montreux

The Fae Menagerie is part of the multi-author Fortune Favours the Fae series. Doyle and Parker are forced together, and might end up finding redemption for Doyle, and happiness for them both.

From the blurb:

"You will remain here until you learn what love is."

Trapped in the light court's prison, Doyle will never know the meaning of love. When luck summons him to the human realm to "take care of" Parker, he grasps at the possibility to finally escape.

This isn't the first attempt on Parker's life, but it's the most creative. His ex tried to summon a demon and landed a fae prince instead. Too bad the prince is trapped in a glass cage for eternity. When Doyle drags Parker to prison with him, the death threats don't stop with the location change. Now everyone in the fae realm wants Parker dead, too!

Parker's not into Doyle, or anyone for that matter. The coin must have been unlucky-side-up when it paired them together. Still, Doyle is desperate to honor his promise to take care of Parker. Only true love will free them both from the fae menagerie.

The Fae Menagerie is a male/male high romantasy between an imprisoned fae prince playboy and a demisexual human virgin. This forced-proximity slow burn romance features versatile characters, fated mates, lots of hurt/comfort, snark, spice, and a happily ever after!

The Fae Menagerie is a part of the multi-author series, Fortune Favors the Fae. From spicy to sweet, zany romps to epic adventures, there’s something for everyone in this mystical series. Discover destiny and true love and follow the coin on its fickle journey to the next world and a new magical adventure. Each book can be read as a standalone and in any order.

Rogue's review:

- shared universe
- paranormal
- forced proximity
- soulmates

This is part of the multi-author Fortune Favours the Fae series, but can be read as a standalone. Doyle is imprisoned in a menagerie with other fantastical creatures, sentenced there until he finds what love is. He's summoned to the human world to 'take care' of Parker, but when the menagerie calls him back, Parker ends up imprisoned in the menagerie alongside Doyle. What follows is a slow burn between the two, all while Parker's grandmother and the prison warden try their damndest to end Doyle.

I liked both Parker and Doyle, and while Doyle did need to learn a lesson, his punishment seems more than a little harsh for his crime, once I discovered how long he'd been in the menagerie. I liked seeing the relationship between the two flourish and grow slowly, despite interference from the warden and Doyle's grandmother. Doyle not thinking he deserved a soulmate was heartbreaking, but I loved seeing these two grow closer during the course of the story. Parker thinking he was broken as he didn't feel attraction to anyone was just as heartbreaking, so him realising he was demisexual and then being attracted to Doyle was so sweet.

I enjoyed this whole thing, I hated the antagonists as I was supposed to, I loved the two MCs, and there's a great cast of supporting characters too. I'm loving seeing how different authors weave the coin into the story too.

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