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Fangirl Friday: Soldati Hearts


One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.



Currently Ongoing

Book 1: The Soldati Prince

Book 2: The Foxling Soldati

Book 3: The Soldati General



Book – The Soldati Prince (Soldati Hearts #1)
Author – Charlie Cochet
Star rating – ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 97

Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes!

Genre – LGBT, Paranormal, Fantasy, Shifter

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Wow! What a rollercoaster ride that was!

Right from the start, I fell in love with Riley; he was fun, funny and charming in little small ways that made him so relateable, but also really different to other characters. The way he reacted to the supernatural instances that happened in his normal, everyday contemporary life was great; he doubted, he rationalised and he tried to protect his upended sensibilities with humour. The horror movie references were brilliant.

The writing was fantastic. This is my first Charlie Cochet, but it definitely won’t be my last! From the balance between detail, description and plot, to the showing not telling and the beautiful imagery they managed throughout the story, everything was so crystal clear that I felt like I stepped into another world for the time I was reading.

The humour was excellent. I laughed aloud more than once, had a good giggle when appropriate and was still able to cry and feel my throat tightening up at those dramatic, heart-wrenching scenes.

As for the other characters, I really loved how standoffish Khalon was to begin with and how Riley slowly melted the icy barrier aroudn his heart. The chemistry between those two was fantastic. As was the beautiful, but still heartbreaking, chemistry between Toka and Rayner. I most definitely need their book next. Immediately!


For a short story, it really packs a punch. I can’t wait to read more of the series, to see how Riley and Khalon settle in together and watch them grow, while learning about new characters. And, hopefully, revisiting Toka and Rayner.


Favourite Quotes

“There was a good chance the lemon cake he ate was somehow laced with LSD and he was high as a fucking kite, grinning like an idiot and sitting on the café counter stuffing baked goods into his mouth. One could only hope.”

“This was it. It was all over. Riley shut his eyes tight. He regretted not having been able to clear his browser history. Sorry, Mom. I wasn’t disturbed, I swear. Okay, maybe a little.”

“I am Khalon, king of the Soldati, and I am your mate.” Saying the words alone pained him greatly.
“Hey, if you want to be friends, that’s cool, but friends don’t kidnap each other or chain each other up. Okay, maybe some do, but why don’t we start small? Maybe grab a cup of coffee instead?
Khalon stopped pacing. “What?”
“You said you were my mate. Are you British, a little Australian, maybe? I can’t make out the accent.”
“I am neither. Why would you assume as much?” Khalon waved a hand in dismissal. “Never mind.” It was quite possible the man was an idiot. “I meant mate as in lover. Partner. You are fated to rule and hunt at my side as my prince.”
“Whoa.” Riley let out a laugh and held his shackled wrists up before him. “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. You chain up all your dates? On second thought, don’t answer that.””


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