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Summary

Phillip had spent his life living by his mother’s code of honor. One she had instilled in not just him, but her household staff, her soldiers under her command as a general, and all his siblings.

One that called to the familial bonds and the importance of putting those above all else. Second only to the land and the crown.

If he was being honest with himself, Phillip valued that code of honor. It was something the Curis family was known for. An honorable military family led by a Duchess, Phillip’s grandmother.

That code, the honor of duty, is about to be tested in Phillip.

He and it will be put through the forge of conflict and forced to become either hardened, or terribly brittle.

On the day of his formal marriage agreement, Phillip’s family is called to war.

What would have been a celebration now turns to a swift goodbye as his family rolls into action. Sharpening swords, mending armor, and readying horses to fight for the queen.

Being sent off quickly as there was no time to waste.

Now Phillip will need to adapt to his new in-laws and family members, a mercantile family of great worth but no noble standing. Their marriage to him will rise them up to the lowest strata of the nobility, but still nobility.

At the same time, Phillip will have to navigate through the murky political waters of the new city he’ll now call home. As well as fight to carve out a role for himself that fits his desire.

All while hopefully growing to understand his wife - whom he had only just met. A young woman his own age named Alice.

Cunning and bright, she’s nearly ready to take over the family mercantile business as a whole.

Armed with his intelligence, his uncanny ability to read people, and his stubborn nature, Phillip has to become his own man, and define how his code will fit in his new life.

Regardless of what anyone else wants of him.

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/harem, and unconventional opinions/beliefs.

©2020 A. R. Rend (P)2021 A. R. Rend

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A unique view of a story

What would happen if the world flips? Rolls of men and women swap?
Well this is that story. The characters are well built and draw you in to where you connect with them.
I remember when the book came out and alot of folks complained about it. The story was not expected to go any further. However the book grew now with this audio version it looks like it will continue .
The story has a male that is supposed to be weak being sent off in a arranged marriage. He continues to turn his situations into plus for him.
I really enjoyed this unique view of this story and eagerly anticipated the second book.
Well done! 5*****

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Looking forward to book 2

This was a really interesting read the mixture of economics and potential haram and a big Emphasis on loyalty I found it a amazing listen and can’t wait for book 2 but do worry that character may be forgotten

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  • Al Martinez
  • 11-09-21

Disappointing

I am not sure how they keep letting you guys delete my review, but here it is for the 5th time.

A review I saw elsewhere compared the premise of this book to a gender role reversal of Fostering Faust and I have found that to be an inaccurate description. There are only superficial similarities to Fostering Faust and if you come in expecting gender role reversal you will find it both exceeds and fails to meet expectations.


The book is well written but the pacing is slow and the character backgrounds are flimsy. The summary on amazon is extremely misleading. Nothing regarding the war, politics or nobility are really elaborated on. This is basically a harlequin romance novel that is light on romance and heavy on the number of characters.

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  • Chaz R.
  • 14-09-21

it's a setup

First of I'll say that the description is very misleading. This book flips the gender rules of medieval society and filed a guy whose basically the prettiest girl in the land. That being said the story itself is well written and I find no fault in it, this an honest star review.
My major issue is how the book was presented as a medieval harem based around a suave man from a warrior family. This was presented as something geared toward the male demographic, then have an entire story on emasculated men. I'll be returning this book and requesting the summary rewritten as this just isn't for me; but i wish the best for the writer and congratulate them on the book.

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  • Joseph Snyder
  • 12-09-21

Female Romance for the Male Listener

Let's cut to the chase and state the blurb makes zero sense, however the general feel of this book is as if one of the Victorian romantic dramas written for female consumption was written with the woman replaced with a man in a woman's role.

All in all it is quite interesting. The thought of if men were the naturally shorter and weaker of the 2 genders and how that would look in that era is wonderfully depicted within. Now this is mostly a book dealing with the interpersonal relationships the MC has with the women around him, though it does present a wonderful economic backstory to that premise. This book is quite unlike the Author's other titles so if you aren't looking for a book with little to no action stay away from this one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-09-21

great take on the genre

Personally I really liked this book. I read the Kindle version and excited to see it on audible. Andrea is a great narrator and does a fantastic job. Just give it a try it's different then most of the genre but it's good.

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  • Matt
  • 14-09-21

amazing

I generally dont write reviews for books but this book was amazing. If you like any of Wills work you will love this one too. I am left wanting more of this awesome new world and story. As always Andrea did an amazing job narrating and i cant wait until the next installment.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-09-21

Awesome

really loved the story and all the girls but i have to say that mim was my favorite and can't wait for the next one

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  • Steven Don Porto Carero
  • 13-09-21

Good

Did I enjoy it? yes
Do I want to listen to the next one? yes
Did I loose sleep because I couldn't stop? yes
Andrea did a wonderful job as always.
Give it a try if the blurb interests you.

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  • 13-09-21

really different

this story was a surprise. i didnt think id enjoy it as much as i did. it flipped the gender roles completely and told the story of warrior women dominated society and our hero trying to make his way in it. i didnt tgink id be as engaged in the sliwer pacing but was. bring on book 2!

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  • Nicole C.
  • 12-09-21

New Name Same Greatness.

Loved it! Couldn't stop listening. I need more as always. If i was a billionaire I'd finance him to release all books in all names asap through his own website.

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  • Avid Fantasy Reader
  • 15-09-21

Seriously Surprising Book With Evolving Emotions

This Book is definitely not your average Fantasy Story. Our MC is young and vulnerable to his changing circumstances. But yet he is strong and capable of thriving in unbearable and treacherous situations. His goals are simple but extremely important to the overall story. I was very impressed with this whole Book. We all were along for the ride as a young fledgling personality was molded by his life circumstances into a totally different but still very strong individual. I was unable to stop listening.

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