Fountain of Beauty
by Meraki P. Lyhne
Volume 4 of The Cubi
Note: If you haven't read the previous books in this series, then kindly beware this review may contain spoilers.
Daniel may be the newly discovered prince of the Cubi in North America, but the kingdom he will inherit is in serious danger. The human military has attacked the refuge where many cubi lived, the cubi have dispersed to safe houses around the U.S. and as our story opens Daniel is still “hiding out” at his mother's house, along with his advisers and lovers Caledon and Seldon, and a host of others. But Daniel doesn't have to fight on his own. The King of the North quickly comes to his aid, and forms a powerful bond with the young prince.
This latest edition of the Cubi series manages to pack in quite a bit of action. The earlier books have laid most of the groundwork building the world the cubi exist in, so there is generally less reason to explain things, although when that happens it doesn't disrupt the flow at all. Since Daniel is new to the cubi world, explanations fit in quite naturally.
This series continues to surprise with it's blend of erotica with a strong story line. I also wasn't expecting the somewhat dark direction the plot takes. One wonders if it's a reflection of the current political climate or if it was planned all along. In any event, it adds even more drama and complexity to the story than one would think possible in an erotic fantasy.
The characters continue to evolve as well. Daniel has developed well beyond the narcissistic young man he started out as when first taken by the cubi. His relationship with Seldon may have been unexpected but they continue to grow closer, as well as drawing Caledon into their relationship, making for a hot menage.
The ending of “Fountain of Beauty” isn't exactly a cliff-hanger but it does leave a lot of unanswered questions. Hopefully we won't be waiting too long for the next installment to get some answers.
“Fountain of Beauty” is available from Amazon.