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 75 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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"Sexy and fun! Megan Derr does it again!!!"
There's Abigail Roux, Kim Fielding, S E Jakes, BA Tortuga, and Andrew Grey for my go-to authors, but for fantasy m/m romance, no one is as consistently satisfying for me as Megan Derr. Tournament is a pleasure from start to end, and I didn't want it to end.
The MCs were immediately likeable, and I really enjoy her world-building and her supporting characters.
Having read the novel already, it took me a minute to get used to Michael Stellman's style, but I enjoyed his narration very much.
I don't see any obvious sequels here, but if she were to write one, I'd read it.
"Michael Stellman OUTDID HIMSELF!!!"
Michael freakin' Stellman outdid his performance in this tale of hard knocks! And yeah, I absolutely fell head-over-heels with Rath.
You get so much more in this story than just a romance! You get adventure, friendship, kindness, charity, deception, violence, cruelty, and a wonderful message of humanity being more important than money.
I just loved this story. The best part of the story is being gay made no difference in this world. The world that Megan Derr created treated being gay the exact way as being straight is treated...no issue what so ever! And that was just awesome! And my heart was left wrapped in happiness. - happy sigh -
LOVED LOVED LOVED this story and Michael Stellman 💖
"Why You Must Read This Story!"
* The cover threw me. I admit that more often then not I am drawn to a book more by a pretty cover then anything else. And while it is a beautiful cover, it reminded me more of a Japanese horror story then the MxM Romance it claimed to be. Fear not, it is indeed a what it claims to be, although there is a little action, adventure, and whit thrown in to keep things interesting.
* Ok, so let just get this out of the way, yes this is another book with the trope about a contest to win the perfect guy of your dreams (it's even royalty in this one). I've read/ listened to a lot of stories with the same plot. However, this one shocked me with how skilfully woven the plot became. The elements where a bit predictable most of the time but overall there was more then enough originality worked into the best parts of this trope to make it absolutely addictive. The characters (main and supporting) where all relatable and likeable. The world was exquisite and I really felt like I could get lost in the details. My only complaint is that I loved it all so much I wish there could have been more! I wish some events that where left out where actually told. And that some details where fleshed out a bit more. That probably would have doubled the length of the book, but I wouldn't have minded that one bit. In fact I know I'll be listening to this one over and over again. For some reason it hits that comfort read spot for me... Plus I have a great new author to keep an eye on!
*As to the narration Michael Stellman did a great job! He got me caught up in the story and wouldn't let me leave till it was done.
In my opinion it's worth whatever you can use to get it. Credit, whispersync, or sale. Just go listen to this awesomeness!
Five stars all over the board!!! Tournament of losers is the most original m/m story I've listened to in a while. The storyline didn't lag once and Michael Stellmans narration was perfection. Without a doubt once of the best narrators I have had the pleasure to listen to.
"a masterpiece of fairytale story telling"
Megan Deer and Michael Stellman are the perfect creative forces to create this masterpiece of a fairytale with the traditional theme of virtue and love winning out over all. Miss Derr created characters that are entertaining rascals in love who will entertain and endear. Fun. Funny. The story even uses traditional formulae while giving a modern feel in an old kingdom long ago once upon a time....
They all were very like able
He keeps getting better and better, love this narration if was perfect.
Yes it was very well written and great story telling
"got to love megan derr"
I'm a huge fan of megan derr so I do recommend any thing done by her if you want a good read this was a good story
This story is totally different from the norm, and it is beautifully written. I was entranced from the beginning until the very end. It was truly a lovely story, but no sex at all, although truthfully there was little opportunity given the subject matter. I highly recommend, I loved it.
"Sweet fantasy romance"
I really enjoyed this sweet, fantasy romance. In typical Megan Derr style she weaves a story of one man's struggle with a fairy tale romance. Rath is a man who is just trying to make it day to day anyway he can. He lives in the poor section of the city and works the docks and as a whore for the pennies he needs to survive. He tries to takes care of his mother and has a good for nothing father that he also tries to take of. It is this aspect of his life that forces him to join the Tournament of Loser. A tournament that allows peasants to marry into the nobility, including the royal family. In this AU, same sex marriages are as common as m/f marriages. Apparently, the whole population is bi sexual.
Rath thinks very little of the nobility and scorns them at every chance. However, that doesn't stop him from taking a noble lover, Tres; who seems to defy the typical noble stuffiness. The story is about Rath's journey in the tournament and his evolving relationship with Tres, who is not what he appears. Micheal Stellman puts in a great performance. He has such a wonderful voice. He does more distinct voices in this one than other audio books I have listened to by him and does great characterization.
I will admit at first i wasn't sure about this book. It was a far cry from what I was expecting when i purchased it, but it was every bit as good if not leagues better.
I enjoined every bit of it, from the challenges to Rath's pure and noble heart.
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