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  • By: Nazri Noor
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Prince of Flowers

By: Nazri Noor
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
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Summary

He captured a fae prince. But can he capture his heart?

Lochlann Wilde walks in the shadow of his father, a legendary summoner who commanded mythical beasts in battle. But Locke isn't legendary. He’s barely a summoner, never passing his academy’s trial of the elements.

And then he accidentally summons a fae prince with a beautiful body and a bad attitude.

Sylvan is fiery and ferocious, stronger than anything Locke has ever encountered. And hotter, too. But time is running out. Locke must tame the prince’s wild heart. If he fails his trial, he’ll lose his inheritance and ruin his family's name.

Without Sylvan, Locke could lose his chance to become a true summoner...along with his shot at true love.

Prince of Flowers is a contemporary fantasy romance with an HFN ending. Can a snarky summoner and a fickle fae prince endure mythical creatures, meddling goddesses, the fury of the elements, and each other? Only one way to find out. If you like sorcery, spice, and everything nice, you’ve come to the right place. Start the Wild Hearts series today.

©2022 Nazri Noor (P)2022 Nazri Noor
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Good first book

I was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it! I liked the main characters, they were cute together and the sexy scenes (2) were hot. The plot was just ok though. It was simple but not engaging enough. But the book was sweet and short so I’ll listen to the next but when available!

And narrator, Greg Boudreaux, was excellent as always!

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Nice to listen to

It a very nice to listen to but the ending need more or will there be another book to it.

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Playfully good

This was a fun book to listen to. The relationship between the two main characters was playful.

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Excellent narration, entertaining story

One can count on Greg Boudreaux being excellent. The story was entertaining, but suffered from too much telling and not enough showing. The timeline was very short, yet comments in the vein of "snarky/ arrogant/ insert adjective AS ALWAYS" (paraphrasing here) popped up early on when Locke described Sylvain. I would've wanted more on-page time with the relationship, since now I didn't find the leap from instalust to instalove beliavable at all. Entertaining yes, but too much focus on irrelevant stuff imo.

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Wonderful

Nazri Noor has (as always) penned an amazing story, full of rich characters and beautiful world building.

Pair that with the silken, very hot voice of Greg Boudreaux and I give you the hottest thing I have listened to this year.

Can’t wait for the next instalment!

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A fun start to the series!

This was my first book from Nazri Noor, and it was very enjoyable. I look forward to more from this series, and I'll look into his other books in the meantime.

This felt more like a prequel than a whole story in its own right, with introductions to characters, backstory and worldbuilding to be explored in future books. I really enjoyed all of the characters, even (especially?!) Evander Skink the Evil Twink.

Greg Boudreaux was a fantastic choice for this book, and there are elements that reminded me of other books that Greg has narrated. Alice Winters' Demon Magic series and Charlie Cochet's The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard came to mind while I was listening.

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Fantastic narration but lackluster story

Greg Boudreaux could narrate the phone book and make it come alive. He invigorates this story which on its own, is lacking in my opinion. I didn’t particularly like either Locke or Prince Sylvain, but the quest was entertaining. I had to push myself to stay engaged and it was Boudreaux not the source material that kept me listening.

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Interesting new series

I have to say that I loved Lochlann (Locke). He can’t seem to do anything right and will never be able to achieve the greatness of his father. In fact, he should’ve graduated a while ago, but he can’t even manage to do that. He’s ridiculed by a classmate and even his best friend can’t cheer him up.

He goes off to the forest and accidentally summons a fae prince. He has no idea what to do with the man, and figures bringing him back to school makes as much sense as anything else.

Then he discovers he must go on a quest. That he has one task to accomplish. The problem? Sylvan, although hotter than sin, is also a difficult and demanding man. Oh, and did I mention hotter than sin?

Somehow, the two men find a way to work together and although the book ends on a happily for now, I foresee a happily ever after in future books which I will definitely pick up. The narrator, Greg Boudreaux, did a fantastic job. No one does early adulthood angst as well and given the book is entirely in Locke’s point of view, this worked. I’m glad I picked this one up. Can’t wait for more.

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Desperate To Follow In His Father's Footsteps.

MM, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance. Fantastic story brilliantly narrated, truly bringing their story to life. The first book in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed their story, I was swept along with them in their adventures. A fantastic introduction to the series with great world building.

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Great new series

Poor Locke, such a family legacy to live up to and things just never seem to go right for him. Even as he manages to summon a fae prince, he's gotten one who isn't about to be "tamed" easily. I enjoyed getting to know this new world and watching these two going at each other all while falling deeper into their relationship was a delight. Can't wait for the second book. As always, Greg Boudreaux gave a spot-on performance that highlighted the feeling forming between these two underneath their prickly exteriors.

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  • Mo
  • 07-10-22

New entities, new school, and a horny mc oh my!

Let’s be real, this late in the game there was zero doubt in my mind that I wasn’t’ going to like this new series by Nazri and I was 100% correct. The books transitions beautifully between humor, action, and heart.

Lochlann Wilde fears failing, not living up to his father’s great legacy as summoner and as a result has procrastinated taking his final quest and graduating. Super senior baby! But who wouldn’t want to stay in a ginormous castle masquerading as a magic school, in the middle of enchanted woods with Imps door-dashing you 3 meals a day and cheering you on with your love life?? Lock isn’t a push over by any means, but he definitely has the Kill them with kindness vibes.
Sylvain fae prince, the embodiment of the oh no he’s hot meme. Can we take a second to appreciate that cover? I needed more than a second, so I set it up as my phone lock screen. A feral babe who will skip the kindness and just kill. He will at least make it look beautiful while it’s happening so you’re welcome.

My entire kingdom for Old man just wow, beautiful, precious, amazing, we were truly blessed.

Old man however, is not the only character that stole the show, see above mentioned imps, but on top of that we have a plethora of supporting character that I loved, want to know more about, and wanted to punch in their too pretty face. If you know you know, if you don’t read this book please! Or even better listen to it, which leads me to:

100/10 voice acting, would listen to it again. Honestly have my suspicions that Greg B. must have siren blood in him somehow because that voice is just too freaking alluring. Would marry, at least propose to that voice if it were possible. Amazingly easy to tell who’s who and I never lose track of what’s happening in the story. He makes the best sounds and some of them aren’t even sexy, they’re just freaking good. The action scenes pop out vividly and the flow is never awkward, each character gets their own unique voice. The humor 100% comes through, and the intimate scenes? Perfecto amigos!!

Overall, this journey was amazingly entertaining very much worth the credit.

Also, if anybody is still reading this. The fact that both mc’s but especially Lochlann, are quite thirsty throughout the book makes me so incredibly happy. Like I was on book 4 or 5 of the Darkling Mage series before I realized that we didn’t have a love interest for the main protagonist yet, but I didn’t care because the story was just too good, so that’s not an issue and that was more or less what I was expecting of this serious and in that aspect I was very wrong. All I can say after listening to Loch’s inner monologue is Yes Loch, same babe, same <3

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  • kjkw
  • 06-10-22
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academy adventures

This new series is connected to the Arcane Hearts series, which I adore. Greg Boudreaux is a masterful voice actor and he excels in fantasy/paranormal genres. Hands down one of my top favorite narrators and this performance is no exception.

With the connection to Arcane Hearts, I was excited to jump in. I appreciated the academy setting and that our MC Locke is older. He's feeling the pressure of living up to his legendary and aloof father, which has caused some great procrastination on his part to complete his studies and achieve his crest. Sylvain is our unsuspecting fae prince who is his own brand of hot mess, alternating between arrogance and shyness. And has secrets.

Overall I liked the story. It takes place over only 4 days, so suspend belief a bit that they hate on each other, even at the end, to some kind of relationship. The parts I didn't love- SO.MUCH.FOCUS on Sylvain's physical beauty. Which of course renders Locke an idiot. I also didn't love Locke taking the blame for most of his reactions to situations and Sylvain's actions. I thought his reactions were very understandable.

I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series. I'm wanting to know more about the headmasters and the Withering and that blasted Aphrodite. But I'm hoping the focus is more on their personalities and the quests and less on their ...assets.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy provided by GayRomanceReviews.

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  • April Reads and Listens
  • 11-10-22
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Fantastic!

Another amazing series by Nazri Noor. The world building was excellent. The characters stand out uniquely. It’s like meeting new friends. I can’t wait to listen more of this series.

Greg Boudreaux did an excellent job narrating this one.

Five amazing stars!

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  • Amy M
  • 06-10-22
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Entertaining

I truly enjoyed this audiobook. I am a fan of the author’s work but a great narrator can really bring a story to life in a whole new way. I loved Greg Boudreaux’s work with these characters. I was ready to pinch Sylvain’s head off at first but he grows on you. And poor Locke. It is definitely worth a listen.

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  • Mom Needs Coffee
  • 04-10-22

Enjoyable narration and plot; characters need work

Narration:
Well modulated and clear
Personality and emotions portrayed well
Distinct character voices
Consistent and nicely paced narration

Greg did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. He gave each character their own voice and personality making it easy for the listener to determine who was speaking throughout the story. When characters reappeared during the course of the book, I knew who was who based on voice alone. The narration was clear and inflections were spot on, making me laugh or cringe along with the characters. Greg is a storyteller and enhanced the experience with his talent.

In terms of sound, I found that listening to the book via the Audible app was somehow more clear than listening via Kindle. I moved through a few Bluetooth devices before determining this, so if you don't think the audiobook has a quality sound I suggest using the Audible app instead of Kindle. In terms of speed, I think most listeners will enjoy Greg's pace. It's faster than I prefer but that's a "me" thing based on the discussions I've had with friends and other audiobook listeners. Greg maintains his consistency with enunciation, pitches, etc. at this pace, too, which I found to be impressive.


Story:
Low angst
Forced proximity
Prince/Commoner
Enemies to Lovers (slightly)
Quest
Found family
Single first person POV

In a nutshell:
An intriguing plot that moves quickly. The characters are introduced immediately and the world building occurs with the storyline rather than as a bunch of word vomit in the first chapter. I appreciate that greatly. Our characters meet and argue almost immediately - some snark, some banter, no real animosity- and that's the tone of their not-quite-enemies yet not-quite-friends relationship. Forced together spiritually by a spell then by physical proximity on a quest, the adventure and relationship move forward regardless of our characters' feelings. However, I did not form a connection with the characters and the romance was non-existent. I grew annoyed by their behaviors often and questioned whether or not I actually wanted their relationship to work out. Honestly, my curiosity is what kept me listening- I enjoyed the plot and wanted to know if anyone's secrets were exposed.

The long version:
I love the author's Arcane Hearts series which is loosely tied to this new series so I preordered the audiobook as soon as it was available. Nazri Noor does an excellent job of laying the foundation for a magical world without layering the details too heavily or too quickly. No surprises here- as the plot unfurled, details emerged to provide context and assist with understanding the here and now as well as the very near (or not so near) future. Useless details were hard to find and the plot was quickly paced and moved easily. Unfortunately, character development took a backseat.

What I liked:
*Academy setting. I find it interesting that same sex genres are lacking when it comes to academy romance. This came with a bit of a twist, but I accepted anyway.

*Locke's friends. His "sisters" as he calls them are supportive and caring as well as a tad mischievous. They aren't afraid to show him they care nor do they hold back when he needs to be spoken to directly.

*Locke's nemesis is entertaining. His role in the story is rather meaningful- I won't spoil anything but I did enjoy Evander the few times we dealt with him.

*The mystery surrounding the Headmasters. I like that we don't know why there are 3 nor does it matter at the moment, although I assume it will be important at some point.

*The fact that Locke and Sylvain are still strangers to one another at the end regardless of their attraction to one another. This story is done and over with in basically 4 days; hardly enough time to get to know someone but especially when you're keeping secrets from one another. Sounds backwards but it's one of the redeeming qualities here.

So why didn't I love it?
*Sylvain accepted the bond accidentally so Locke provided the idea that the two men find a way to unbond if possible. Except Locke made the decision to keep them bonded without talking to Sylvain about it. I had a hard time with this. I willingly moved on because Sylvain took it in stride (why? I'm not sure) but it still irked me. Terrible communication is basically the theme for the book.

*I'll take fluff over the torturing of souls any day so insta-lust or insta-love is always great with me. However, it didn't work for me here. Enemies who have been at one another's throats for years? They can absolutely fall in bed and in love within days. They're already familiar with one another. Moving past their mutual dislike into mutual affection is basically a speed bump on whatever path they're traveling. But complete strangers who can't seem to have a conversation without arguing for 2 of the 4 days they know one another? Who trigger protection spells so they don't harm one another when fighting? Absolutely best developed as a slow burn. Going from "I can't stand you" to "I can't imagine life without you" when neither person actually knows anything about the other person is just too unbelievable. How can you adore someone you don't know? I want to suspend my disbelief but I'm doing so with literally everything else already, can't I just have this one thing? I don't think asking for my romance novel to have actual romance in it is asking too much. This was basically a hookup that took 3 days to happen.

*Constantly bringing up Sylvain's beauty took away from the story. Sylvain was so hot, it actually made both men shallow. Locke focusing on Sylvain's attractiveness and Sylvain's arrogance regarding his own attractiveness distracted me. Distracted me to the point I had to pause the audiobook and look back at the text sometimes to reengage my brain. It took me out of the story and made me frustrated, honestly. Usually, I would look past this but it was excessive in this story. Sylvain's looks were mentioned in almost every single chapter! C'mon, now. If this had been a contemporary novel I'm not sure I would have made it through. I really wish Locke had noticed and focused on other things--- he told us he knew Sylvain was soft/vulnerable but none of those moments were as glaringly obvious as all those other things Locke noticed. The important things, the meaningful things, were easily missed. I can't help but wonder, so many fae myths were debunked in this story, why couldn't the unearthly beauty have been also?

*Remember when I said unnecessary details were hard to find? Well there was one detail that didn't add to the story at all yet was thrown out there full force and at a pretty terrible time (the scene has an interesting character so the detail stands out). We learn that Sylvain is a typical playboy prince. *sigh* Why?!? Well, okay, I know the idea is to show how much Sylvain cares for Locke by giving up his playboy ways, but does he really? 4 days from strangers to lovers. I'd argue that Sylvain is simply acting like his playboy self by how hard he pursues Locke, a stranger he's unwillingly bonded to. I tried not to let this annoy me but I just couldn't let it go. Seriously, it's taken me two days to write/rewrite this review because I don't feel like I'm being honest if I don't mention this. Locke is all alone in the world (aside from his bffs) and the man he's supposed to give his heart to is a man who holds a position of power and has stuck his d in enough people to populate a small country. Is giving up his promiscuity the thing Sylvain does to show Locke he's special? Is Locke supposed to feel like he's gained something here? Based on the presence of the "many, many, many lovers" detail, I can only assume yes. Why is becoming someone's only piece of @ss the equivalent of a declaration of love? Whatever happened to compliments and praise, expressions of affection? Where were the tender touches and stolen kisses between these two? Any touching or kissing tbh! Add to that-- there were very few pretty or meaningful
words between the two men- definitely not enough for me when all was said and done. I believe Locke said it best when he told Sylvain, "I didn't know we were friends." I felt that. Still feel it now. Strangers at the beginning and strangers at the end, these men. I only wish their emotional relationship had been more important than their physical.

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  • Dawn
  • 31-01-23

Normalizingtaboo relationships sensually

At first review I was in love. Nazri takes me to a place I have never been before. Unconventional in his achievements Locke rebels against his desire every chance he gets. This book kept me turnt up for a week.

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  • Scott Friedman
  • 14-01-23

A very playful listen

If you liked Rainbow Rowell’s “Carry On,” F. T. Lukens’ “So This Is Ever After,” and Ben Alderson’s “Lord of Eternal Darkness,” you’ll enjoy Nazri Noor’s “Prince of Flowers.”

It was a quick listen with enjoyable characters. Plenty of steamy musings and two or three sex scenes. I liked the worldbuilding and could have listened to like 6 more hours. As with a lot of these newer independent authors, the ending felt abrupt. I would have liked a little more conflict and unexpected complications and stuff but what we did get was still pretty fun. I guess what I’m saying is that this story is a movie, not a tv series. The narrator was great. I hope both Noor and Boudreaux continue making content.

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  • Ulysses Grant Dietz
  • 10-01-23

Sexy romantic fun with a great narrator.

The first of a series, this is a delightful, amusing, and deliciously romantic magic story. It’s kind of a grown-up gay take on you-know-who and that magic school in the North of England. However, this school is in the United States, and our hero is a lingering senior at the Wispwood school – which is a college-level academy, not a magic-infused prep school.

Our “hero” is Lochlann Wilde, twenty-four, who has spent most of his life in the shadow of his long-absent father, a famous summoner – a sort of mage who uses his magic power in collaboration with creatures “summoned” to him to be his helpers. These helpers are called eidolons, and can be magical creatures, or mundane, ranging from butterflies to dragons.

Lock Wilde’s problem is that he has never practiced his summoning powers seriously enough to receive his summoner’s crest from Wispwood and thus graduate. He is perceived as, and sees himself to be, a failure, an embarrassment to his father’s legend. Essentially Lock feels trapped at Wispwood – partly because he’s ashamed, partly because he’s a bit of a slacker, and partly because he loves the place so much and has known virtually no other home.

Then one day, moved by a strong feeling of magic while he’s out prowling the magical forest at Wispwood, he summons nothing less than a Fae prince by the name of Silvain. No summoner has ever done this, much less made an Eidolon of a powerful Fae royal. The Fae, who live in another world, are feared by humans, and Sylvain’s presence is a problem all by itself.

The plot of the book is classic and two-fold: Lock finds that the arrogance Fae prince is more than just typically beautiful; he’s also interesting. The two of them decide to see if they can help Lock achieve his Wispwood crest and finally graduate.

If only it were that simple.

The narrator for this Audible version is Greg Boudreaux, who is wonderful. He makes Lock into a snarky, insecure, lazy summoner-in-training, until he sees his better self. Sylvain is a snotty, aloof spoiled brat – until, of course, he isn’t. Only when you realize that he’s playing up the Fae stereotype because it’s expected of him, do you realize there’s more to him. Lock is a modern American young man, trapped by his own shame; dropping f-bombs to cover up his fear that he’ll never succeed.

This was great fun, wonderfully read, and has me primed for the next book in the series.

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  • Alex
  • 04-01-23

Honestly Impressed

I started this story thinking it would be cheesy based on the description but quickly became enamored with the banter between the characters. The voice actor was very good with different inflection and tambour for each of the characters voices and was very happy with the performance overall. The NSFW parts were also very well done. Bravo!

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  • MadMinaHatter
  • 02-01-23

Best read of 2022

Funny af, realistic rom com moments, sweet and spicy tied together by an amazing narrator