After seeing a few posts on Facebook about this new release, I decided to check it out for myself. Briar: A Reverse Harem Romance, the first in the Midnight’s Crown Series is not your average romance. The main character Briar is not the leggy, perfect woman often seen in books. Briar would most likely consider herself average, though she feels throughout the book that she is some kind of a freak. The main factor that makes Briar so different from every other MC is that she suffers from a life threatening and debilitating condition. Strange for a main character to not be perfect right, but it makes Briar more real than most. Briar suffers from EPP or Erythropoietic Protoporphyria. If you would like to learn more about this disorder check out the link here. A summation is that Briar is essentially allergic to the sun and has to keep her skin covered at all times to prevent horrible burns and blisters. This is in fact a real disorder not anything that should be considered fiction. But back to the story. Briar is getting ready to attend Boston College (love their hockey team) to work on her graduate degree.
Her field Biology, as she thinks that if she can add to the narrative for rare disorders and disease she can help to cure them. Before her classes officially start she attends the lecture of Hudson Nors, one of the leading researchers in EPP. Briar’s goals are to work with him to help others like her. Well Hudson is a recluse that lectures and leaves, no questions for this scholar. But Briar has other ideas, though it all goes a little sideways when after his lecture she is exposed to the sun by an unsuspecting attendee. Hudson swoops in to help her followed closely by Marcus. In the matter of minutes, the reader is introduced to the four “brothers”. Hudson, Marcus, Valen, and Sylvain. Each brother notices something special about Briar right away and want nothing more than to spend time with her. Briar begins to navigate not only trying to live a more normal life with EPP, but also the attentions of four very overprotective men that all want her.
This story was well written and I loved that the main character wasn’t the average nothing wrong with her girl. The fact that she suffered from a live threatening disorder that left her scarred shows that any girl can be the heroine of her story. The book is written from five point of views, Briar and each of the brothers. This adds a depth to the story that would not have been achievable without knowing what each main character was thinking. It also made the characters more realistic in the fact that it was each their own narrative. This story has many twists and turns, some easy to guess and others leaving the reader wanting more. I would say it would be hard to pick one of the brothers, but I would have to say that Valen holds a special place in my heart, and we would all be so lucky to have someone like that in our lives. Want to know what i mean, check out Briar and see for yourself. Which of the brothers is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.
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