The Pauper’s Prize


The ruling family of Corrus needs an heir and the Viscount’s son, Wilhelm, must provide it. He is to be wed to Catherine within the week to ensure the family name continues. He, however, doesn’t love her. He can’t love her, for she cannot give him what he really desires. Wilhelm needs a man to satisfy him.

That man is the most unlikely person in the whole town, a pauper named Pavel.

Will Wilhelm give up everything, his title, his wealth, and all his family inheritance just for the chance to be with Pavel? Or will Catherine make sure he marries her so she can solidify her place as a ruler of Corrus?

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2 thoughts on “The Pauper’s Prize

  1. mantasticfiction February 9, 2010 / 8:05 pm

    Both Wilhelm and Pavel find themselves in tough spots. Their attempts to live for themselves and each other doesn’t always work the way they hope but they keep trying.

    I liked the pace in which the story progressed. A problem arose, it was dealt with, no dragging it out. The romance itself is very sweet, with both men in touch with their feelings. Because they’ve only actually known each other a day or two, I found a few parts a little too sweet, but given the time period in which the story is set, the kind of devotion they show each after such a short time becomes believable.

    And, there is a really cool creature called a Chimera who has been a longtime friend and protector of Pavel. We are able to hear his thoughts and gain deeper level to the story.

    The ending was a total surprise, didn’t see it coming. Because Mark is such a romantic optimist as a writer, once I read the ending I knew it couldn’t have happened any other way.

    • Mark Alders February 9, 2010 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you for such a wonderful review of my book.

      Your support for authors is nothing short of fantastic, and I hope MANtastic continues to build to become the shining star it deserves to be.

      Mark.

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