Two 5 Stars for Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr #MM #FairyTales @amasour @LT3Press

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Title: Tournament of Losers
Author Name & Publisher: Megan Derr (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2015 – 229 pgs

Synopsis

All Rath wants is a quiet, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his father brings him too much trouble—and too many debts to pay—for that to ever be possible. When the local crime lord drags Rath out of bed and tells him he has three days to pay his father’s latest debt, Rath doesn’t know what to do. There’s no way to come up with so much money in so little time.

Then a friend poses an idea just ridiculous enough to work: enter the Tournament of Losers, where every seventy-five years, peasants compete for the chance to marry into the noble and royal houses. All competitors are given a stipend to live on for the duration of the tournament—funds enough to cover his father’s debt.

All he has to do is win the first few rounds, collect his stipend, and then it’s back to trying to live a quiet life…

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Review

FiveStars

I can not even tell you how much I love books like this and sadly I have run across very few of them but this one was just amazing!!!!

So Rath now owes a debt for his father and the only way he can come up with the money is to enter a tournament to marry a noble, or even a prince.

This world was just amazing that this author Megan Derr created. You get so much action with this book and steam I was on the edge of my seat loving every minute of this story until the end! Which I honestly did not want it to end because it was just so good. I loved the characters she created in this book.. There was Rath and then … Yea I am not saying lol. I really do not want to spoil this book for anyone else. But you do get to meet a lot of different characters in this book.

So I will leave this review with if you love books were the MC fights for the right to marry the person who he may or may not love, mixed in with so much action and on the edge of your seat moments. Then add some steam, then I can not recommend this book enough!!

All together I 100% loved this book!

Kara

FiveStars

I think this is probably my favorite Megan Derr story to date. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love about it, right from the first page. Every bit was pitch-perfect.

Rath is the ideal antihero-who-is-actually-just-a-hero. He seems gruff and a bit rough around the edges at first, but it quickly becomes clear he is a genuinely good person. Tress, who slowly moves from casual fling to lover, is equally good and surprisingly scrappy and resourceful for a person of noble lineage. I loved how the social messages about wealth and poverty never devolved into one being somehow superior to the other and yet still touched on what it means to have privilege.

What I love about Megan Derr’s work is that she doesn’t waste a lot of time on complex details of world-building. It’s all laid brick by brick through the eyes of the characters. She’s created a place here where gender and orientation and expression are simply part of life and not channels of oppression. No one identifies in any particular way because it isn’t necessary in this universe. But unlike a contemporary realistic story attempting “no labels,” this is done beautifully and seamlessly.

Although there is a definite love story, the romance between Rath and Tress is not the central focus. There’s no steamy intimacy on the pages, and I feel that was a wise choice here. It would have distracted from the larger themes and the bigger story being told. Without it, we get to see the love growing between Rath and Tress, and readers will be delighted to figure out the clues long before Rath pieces it all together.

This is a classic fairy tale-style scenario, complete with challenges to win the hand of the prince and a rags-to-riches marriage. Yet it never resorts to overused tropes and tired plot devices. This is definitely a fresh take on a familiar theme, and I recommend it to any fans of non-magical fantasy.

5 stars (boy, do I wish I could give it more!)

~AmyM

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Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.

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