Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: In His Majesty’s Service by Elizabeth Silver & Jenny Urban


35235805Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 11, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Everyone in the Drion Collective knows that finding your match—the one person in existence with the same soul mark as yours—is the best thing that could ever happen. But the last thing Lord Anders Hawthorne is thinking about when he boards a ship to Drion for the king’s funeral is finding his soul mate.

Captain Zachary O’Connell has the perfect life—his ship, the stars, and no emotional entanglements. When heat sparks between him and Lord Hawthorne, Zach gleefully dives into a no-strings arrangement. He doesn’t expect it to last beyond arrival at Drion, any more than he expects trouble along the way.

Trouble quickly finds them, however, and it soon becomes clear that Lord Hawthorne is not only not who he says he is, but also that he’s the target of a deadly plot. With danger all around them, Zach and Anders must work together to save the Collective. Meanwhile, Zach must come to grips with losing everything he always thought he wanted, to have the one thing he never dreamed he needed.


GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual


TROPES: soulmates, class disparity, first love, hurt/comfort, royalty + commoner, age gap
TAGS: adult, science fiction, suspense, queer romance, queer characters, interracial relationship, POC character, law enforcement / military
WARNINGS: kidnapping, poisoning, classism


I don’t know what I was expecting out of this novel, but whatever that was, it’s not what I got.

The first sex scene happened within the first 25 pages, which is not an issue as books often contain hookups early on, but it was very abrupt and didn’t flow organically with what had been happening previously. I was surprised by that but not bothered. Until the next one came. By the time I hit the 75-80 page mark, there had been approximately 5 sex scenes. For a book that is not labelled or marketed as an erotic romance, this struck me as a bit much and a little unnecessary. As the story is essentially a Tumblr Soulmate AU, I’m not surprised it was essentially Porn Without Plot. More plot develops as the story goes on, but by that point, I was already skimming and only paying enough attention to get the basic story.

Also, the relationship between the two main characters just didn’t work for me–both when I was actually reading everything and when I was skimming. Anders was already thinking “I love you” at Zach before I made it 75 pages. It wasn’t believable then and it was just slightly more believable by the end, though they still barely knew each other.

Zach is highly unlikeable for basically the whole novel, and I honestly don’t blame Bern and Jackson for disliking him.

The only characters I liked even a little bit were Bern, Jackson, and Zach’s first mate, Oliver.




Elizabeth Silver

Elizabeth Silver is a writer, a tarot reader, a Level Two Cat Lady, and an internet junkie. Her day job is terribly dull, her hobbies oddly specific and quirky, and her husband the most patient person a writer could ask for.

A New Jersey native, Liz is a proud nerd and an awkward human being. She likes to think it makes her endearing. When not writing, Liz can be found collecting tarot cards, chasing Pokemon, fighting her way out of YouTube spirals, and/or performing online searches that will probably land her on a government list somewhere someday.

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jenny urbanJenny Urban lives not too far from Las Vegas—but not too close—with two cats named after fictional wizards. She has been writing with coauthor Elizabeth Silver for nearly fifteen years, with their first book published in 2010.

When not writing or at the evil day job, she loves to sing, play the piano, read, and watch monster-hunting brothers on TV.

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