The Contingency Plan, Addison Albright
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Gay Romance
Tags: Alt-Historical, Fairy Tale-Esque, Short Story, Sweet
Length: 30 Pages
Reviewer: Kazza K
A sheltered prince. A sudden death. An unexpected choice. How will Prince Marcelo react to discovering he’s The Contingency Plan?
For eighteen years, there has been peace between Sheburat and the kingdom of Zioneven. The untimely death of a princess throws the marriage arrangement — the final phase to complete the terms of the treaty — into disarray, and the contingency plan is put into motion. Now the Crown Prince of Zioneven gets to make his own choice from among the princess’s younger siblings.
As a rare royal son in the matriarchal sovereignty of Sheburat, Prince Marcelo grew up knowing he would never marry. Never. Royal sons did not marry. Period. Except, Prince Efren isn’t from Sheburat, and he has other plans.
This is an enjoyable short novella. I liked the MCs and had a good feel for them even though it’s only 30 pages in length. The writing was nice, sweet, well edited, and the world was given some thought. I really would have loved for this to have been longer because I enjoyed the time spent in Sheburat, learning that Zioneven seemed like it would be a better place for Marcelo. There was no drama or upheaval, no difficult parents or siblings, just a surprise turn of events when Prince Efron makes it known which sibling he desires.
Marcelo stiffened. What in the world could Prince Efren mean by that? Men didn’t marry men. At least, he’d never heard of such a thing occurring in Sheburat.
“I see.” Marcelo’s chest expanded with pride. He’d never been anyone’s first choice for anything. His whole life he’d been last in line. Last considered. Cut from lessons his sisters continued.