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The style, story and overall feel reminded me of the Brother Grimm stories I adored when I was young Especially the quest part It had the feel of a fairytale.So, the most important part of this review is that this story is DIFFERENT Tournament of Losers has a unique plot, wonderful endearing characters, a fantastic quest, and the writing was right up my alley I really enjoyed everything about this novel And it satisfied my search for something different in every way.I loved the part of the The style, story and overall feel reminded me of the Brother Grimm stories I adored when I was young Especially the quest part It had the feel of a fairytale.So, the most important part of this review is that this story is DIFFERENT Tournament of Losers has a unique plot, wonderful endearing characters, a fantastic quest, and the writing was right up my alley I really enjoyed everything about this novel And it satisfied my search for something different in every way.I loved the part of the unwilling participant in a major tournament, the guy who doesn t want to win, but all stars align and there is just nothing he can do about it And Rath was a really great guy Smart, hard working, kind he was a wonderful hero, although a rather unorthodox one too It was a sweet story, well written, with a great but also simple plot Nothing too elaborated or complex, just a captivating story that got me out of my reading slump.The M M part was not explicit at all It could have been a F M couple and it wouldn t have made much of a difference It was just a really good story, and the sex of the couple was secondary to the plot The cast was wonderfully diverse without making it obvious Again, the story was the gem here, not the sex or race of the characters.I loved how it all came about I loved the feel of the book, and how it made me feel while I read it There is no doubt in my mind that I ll remember this novel for a long time Like Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox the book was refreshingly different I loved every single moment of this book, smiling the whole time I was reading it I didn t want to put this book down and sleep felt unnecessary This is one entertaining fairy tale, a new refreshing version of Cinderella Honestly, I love how talented authors manage to breathe a fresh air into these classic fairy tales, making them their own.Our Cinderella here is a very charming, cynical, witty, kind, loyal, honest, brave man that feels too old for everything most of the time and has a very r I loved every single moment of this book, smiling the whole time I was reading it I didn t want to put this book down and sleep felt unnecessary This is one entertaining fairy tale, a new refreshing version of Cinderella Honestly, I love how talented authors manage to breathe a fresh air into these classic fairy tales, making them their own.Our Cinderella here is a very charming, cynical, witty, kind, loyal, honest, brave man that feels too old for everything most of the time and has a very ridiculous name I loved him from page one The prince first appeared where I didn t expect him to be at all and that was one nice unpredictable twist And he is a prince indeed, generous, open minded, kind, adorable and of course, hoity toity.The chemistry was great I wished to see the prince s stupid handsome face just as much as Rath did and I sympathized with Rath and understood all his actions when it came to the prince I also really liked the way their relationship developed and evolved into something special, well paced and as realistic as possible.The world building wasn t complex, but well developed Having the three Fates as deities was quite interesting In this world, same sex couples are perfectly normal, female guards and constables are throwing punches left and right, you know, the kind of world that I love Of course, this world isn t completely fee of prejudice There are still different classes of society, High City and Low City, concepts that are necessary for the plot.Overall, I really enjoyed this book and loved the story very much If you are a fan of Fairy tales and M M romance, then I strongly recommend this book to you @Download Book ó Tournament of Losers Ú 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 seventy five 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 Placed in a position to deal with his father s debts or else, Rath ponies up Except he needs money fast Hence his participation in the Tournament Common folk enter with the chance to join the nobles Love the commoner to royalty trope All the challenges set out to prove the contestants worth, to demonstrate that they deserve the shift in social status Rath s in it for the money, so he just wants to play long enough to win some.Rath takes a licking and keeps on ticking He s got too much spi Placed in a position to deal with his father s debts or else, Rath ponies up Except he needs money fast Hence his participation in the Tournament Common folk enter with the chance to join the nobles Love the commoner to royalty trope All the challenges set out to prove the contestants worth, to demonstrate that they deserve the shift in social status Rath s in it for the money, so he just wants to play long enough to win some.Rath takes a licking and keeps on ticking He s got too much spirit and fortitude to be anything but a contender Can t help but like him, he s a lovable guy Derr s fantasy novels have become the getaway books for me There s adventure and romance in interesting worlds This one was actuallyromantic than the last one I read, THE HIGH KING S GOLDEN TONGUE Love manages to find Rath stumbling along and dodging trouble until the very end Overall, a triumph of good and the just desserts of true love Copy provided by Netgalley 3.5 stars The storytelling was quite linear with minimal detours from the somewhat predictable plot Notwithstanding, it made for compulsive reading. I have heard about Megan Derr s books being low steam and I have to say it s true This book for me, I feel like this one islike a young adult fiction than adult content MM books However, I really really enjoyed this novel despite the lack of sex Special shoutout to my buddy Todd for enthusiastically recommending me this book And I m really happy that I listened to his rec Usually, fairy tales have innocent and gullible virgins and macho Prince Charmings and that s definitely not I have heard about Megan Derr s books being low steam and I have to say it s true This book for me, I feel like this one islike a young adult fiction than adult content MM books However, I really really enjoyed this novel despite the lack of sex Special shoutout to my buddy Todd for enthusiastically recommending me this book And I m really happy that I listened to his rec Usually, fairy tales have innocent and gullible virgins and macho Prince Charmings and that s definitely not the case here Our MC and the one who s supposed to play the damsel in distress Rath is a dock worker who s a former whore and still somewhat active prostitute depending on the condition His life started very rough, father abandoned him very young and his mother and he were living on the streets and working with the wages just enough to feed themselves So he turned to whoring when he s old enough and now all he wants is an honest living with just some extra money to drink on the weekends However, his bastard of a father is still giving him troubles even after 30 years and he found himself needing to pay the local gang leader a year worth of his wages in 3 days Tress Tall, dark, handsome and mysterious A noble man from high city and instantly attracted to our beautiful Rath and ended up being in bed with him on the night they first met view spoiler That s all I can say about him since it will be anticlimactic if I writeabout him here hide spoiler In order to get the 10 marks that he desperately needed to pay for his debts, Rath decided to participate in the Tournament of Losers which is held every 75 years to let the peasants marry into royal and noble families And all Rath wanted is to win a few rounds to earn the prize money and be able to pay the debts and lose And ironically, he just can t seem to lose no matter how much he tries to lose The final winner of the competition will be married off to the prince of the kingdom and Rath s lover, Tress is merely a noble man Gradually, he really started to want to win for a better and stable future and yet, he s already in love with tress How will their fates work out The thing is I knew how the storyline will unfold and yet, I kept reading because this story was damn interesting and well written So salutes to you Megan Derr It s so muchthan a fantasy novel, no, it s a lotthan that We can learn compassion, sympathy, bravery, empathy and most importantly, the power of love I m very very pleased with how everything turned out in the end This was such a delightful and fun read and I m very pleased Favorite excerpts from the novelHe just wanted to be left alone No beatings No threats No scrambling desperately to come up with alarming sums of money Nowhoring Just work and the pub and the occasional day off to do something fun Enjoy it while it lasts was a common utterance in Low City Because nothing lasted forever, especially the good things 4.5 nothing is impossible and love conquers everything stars UPDATE a bonus shorty story after the tournament of losers event I admit I liked the Megan Derr s stories I read for the past couple of years but I didn t love them Not like I loved some of her earlier works such as Dance with the Devil, Dance in the Dark, Midnight, or The Bastard Prince This one though, I definitely loved.The world built was well developed Duly noted it wasn t too complex but it didn t matter Because the idea was good every 75 years, at least one immediate member of the royal and noble families must marry a commoner and to prove their s I admit I liked the Megan Derr s stories I read for the past couple of years but I didn t love them Not like I loved some of her earlier works such as Dance with the Devil, Dance in the Dark, Midnight, or The Bastard Prince This one though, I definitely loved.The world built was well developed Duly noted it wasn t too complex but it didn t matter Because the idea was good every 75 years, at least one immediate member of the royal and noble families must marry a commoner and to prove their suitability, the commoner candidates will compete physically and mentally in a tournament of challenges called Tournament of Losers I loved reading about the challenges, even if the names were silly sometimes lol But it was so much fun it kept me glued to the pages to know what challenges would be next for our hero, Rathatayen Jakobson.Oh and how I loved Rath While Rath kept saying that he was just a dock worker, a whore, basically a nobody, he was clearlythan meets the eye Rath was noble, loyal, and brave I loved him from the very start, when he was forced to produce money to pay his father s debt I sympathized with his situation and it was easy for me to root for him for the winning prize Oh, and I also loved the fact that Rath seemed older than most of Megan Derr s characters in this kind of situation usually they re in their 20 s, but Rath was 33 years old.There was a lovely romance too between Rath and Tress, a younger High City noble who sometimes slumming it in at the Low City At first Rath was dismissive of Tress it was just for a good time in bed after all, because High City nobleman not really consort with Low City commoner But Rath s grew caring for Tress when Tress showed him that he didn t look down on Rath Tress took care of Rath when he needed it and the High City was really sweet Their relationship was build wonderfully and my heart was content with how their love affair resolved.I wish some of the challenges were written longer, for example the part where Rath needed to go to three villages We only had the story in one village and not the other two I also thought that the reason behind the threat for Rath s life was a little unclear But when it comes down to everything, I enjoyed this book a great deal and it made me really happy The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is required for any ARC received. 4,5 stars Once upon a time there was a kingdommaybe it was not much different from many other similar small kingdoms, except it had a very old tradition The plot Every seventy five years one member of the royal and noble families must marry a peasant as reminders of arrogance and hostility that had nearly destroyed a kingdom many centuries ago It is how the Tournament of Charlet, commonly known as the Tournament of Losers was established Only THOSE who could prove their suitability could m 4,5 stars Once upon a time there was a kingdommaybe it was not much different from many other similar small kingdoms, except it had a very old tradition The plot Every seventy five years one member of the royal and noble families must marry a peasant as reminders of arrogance and hostility that had nearly destroyed a kingdom many centuries ago It is how the Tournament of Charlet, commonly known as the Tournament of Losers was established Only THOSE who could prove their suitability could marry into noble families Rath, our peasant hero, who indeed belongs to the lucky generation WHO could dream about this tiny possibility to marry a prince, but whose actual worries are in the first place about having something to eat and a roof over his head And, who knows, if not his father s debts, if he would decide to take part in the competition Once upon a time the Tornament of Losers was his boy s dreams, but could these dreams come true He doesn t plan to win, the only thing he cares about is money, butwho knows I LOVE IT THIS BOOK is charming and easy and there are so many great things in the story, YES, it brought my childhood back It is a fairy tale, but even if there is not a lot of ADULT content in it, at least not in THAT details we maybe got used while reading MMs, but honestly, I didn t care I don t think that smut would have made it better It is perfect how it is, it is a perfect it made me happy read I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT My final verdict Predictable from the very first page I don t care , light as a feather it took a heavy weight of the sad news of the last days a bit away , wonderful I felt myself like a little girl again , sweat as a delicious piece of Lindt chocolate after one year of chocolate s abstinence , ingeniously simple do we really need to rate high only very sophisticated books CAN you imagine that a book can make you happy like a single sun ray in a cold winter day THIS BOOK MADE ME HAPPY.Thank you, MeganCopy provided by Less Than Three Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This review has been crossed posted to Gay Book Reviews I read the blurb for Megan Derr s Tournament of Losers and was immediately sold This one was such a fun fantasy read and exactly what I was looking for.At 33, Rathatayen, preferred name Rath, is a dock worker and mostly retired prostitute, living a simple life, which is rarely as peaceful as he d prefer.As the story begins, Rath is awakened not by the handsome stranger in his bed, but by thugs beating the crap out of him, because, yet again, his drunken asshole father has pulled another mor I read the blurb for Megan Derr s Tournament of Losers and was immediately sold This one was such a fun fantasy read and exactly what I was looking for.At 33, Rathatayen, preferred name Rath, is a dock worker and mostly retired prostitute, living a simple life, which is rarely as peaceful as he d prefer.As the story begins, Rath is awakened not by the handsome stranger in his bed, but by thugs beating the crap out of him, because, yet again, his drunken asshole father has pulled another moronic, incredibly expensive stunt for which Rath is expected to pay.Rath s Madame at the whorehouse eventually convinces him to join the Tournament of Charlet, a contest to marry into a noble family, where a large stipend is awarded to participants Money that can pay off most of the debt.And this is where things begin to get interesting, when Rath finds out that the handsome stranger he d bedded not long ago, Tress, is actually one of the nobles who will be married off to one of the contest winners when the tournament concludes.While the contest proceeds, they continue to see one another and their affections grow Then grow someBut Rath knows they have no future, as he must marry the prince if he wins and Tress must marry the winner of his own hand.However, it s a really fucking small world sometimes and things aren t always as they seem, so maybe they do have a shot at happiness after all, but you ll have to read it forinfo there My only real complaint about the book is that the first fourth of the story seems to drag on a bit, as Rath fears how he will repay the debt to avoid winding up face down in the river But even after joining the Tournament of Charlet for the cash, the story is still extremely slow moving.The pace doesn t really begin moving fast enough until after the first challenge, which is a knock down drag out melee, think flag football meets rugby meets MMA, where Rath is lucky to keep his teeth.Oh, but beginning with the 2nd challenge, it was ALL GOOD from there on out, as Rath excels in several challenges and begins to draw the wrath of those cheating in the games, leading to beatings and death threats, if he doesn t withdraw from the contest.But despite the threats and a few pretty harsh beatings, I loved how Rath didn t succumb to the pressure and fold Instead, he proved himself genuinely noble and worthy of the hand of His Royal Highness Prince Isambard.I also adored how every time that Rath needed him, Tress was always there, without fail, providing Rath the support that he needed, whatever that might be Tress was also worthy of a would be prince like Rath.These two were really great together, but if you re looking for a steamy read, this one is mostly fade to black steam wise, which is fairly typical in my experience with Derr.I was sort of hoping that since Rath is a self professed whore , we might see some action, but nope, kissing is as hot and heavy as we get on page here.When all is said and done, though, this is still a fairy tale type of fantasy, so you can guess as to whether we get an HEA or not, but I m fairly confident you ll figure that one out I did pretty early on Although the book s romance most definitely shared the spotlight with the adventure elements or the other way around, actually , this tale was a blast to read and the last three quarters of the book kept me constantly on the edge of my seat, usually smiling or laughing.So this almost 5 star book ranks overall at around 4 stars at the finish line, mainly due to the somewhat lengthy setup chapters, which I felt could have been trimmed down a bit UPDATE 2016 12 07 A short second Tournament of Losers story My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review This reads a little bit like a fairy tale Well, not the Disney kind because there is some bloodshed, murders, and the main guy is a part time prostitute So, maybe Disney I don t know I don t have it, but I assume that Disney is Disney but with porn, right I m assuming that s what the plus sign means and that s why everyone has been so excited about it.Oh yeah, and the baby yoda is also on it On a porn channel Baby Yoda is on a porn channel That s just sick You guys are sick bastards This reads a little bit like a fairy tale Well, not the Disney kind because there is some bloodshed, murders, and the main guy is a part time prostitute So, maybe Disney I don t know I don t have it, but I assume that Disney is Disney but with porn, right I m assuming that s what the plus sign means and that s why everyone has been so excited about it.Oh yeah, and the baby yoda is also on it On a porn channel Baby Yoda is on a porn channel That s just sick You guys are sick bastards Anyhoo So this book is like an old time story of where they hold a giant competition for the hand of the princess and all the rabble come from miles and miles to get them some princess ass I m sure you ve seen that kinda thing while watching your Disney porn The only difference is that there are many young adults being auctioned off to keep the villagers happy hands being sought All of the noble families and the elite are allowing one of theirs to be married off in this way And, instead of a princess, there is a prince So, there will be many winners who get to marry up and improve their station in life.Our hero is Rath, a guy who works part time as a prostitute, lives over a butcher shop, and has a huge debt of his father s to pay off or he will be killed He only enters the competition to get the stipend that they pay the finalists He isn t in it to win it He did come there to make friends And, get free food Maybe a few perks that will help his life.Of course Rath is awesome He wouldn t be a good hero if not But, he s not a Gary Stu which is kind of a bad thing because now he has people who are trying to kill him to get him out of the competition So, he needs the competition money so he doesn t get killed and he might get killed if he doesn t quit the competition Rath just can t win.The book is fun, fast paced, and really really woke I mean, it s awesome how woke the villages in this world are There are people all over the LGBTQ spectrum and it is treated as completely normal Gender and sexual identity are not even addressed They just accept everyone For that, at least The rich still look down at the poor So, you know, can t have it all.Still Pretty cool And, great book if you are in a modern fairy tale mood, and you re a cool person too.Yeah, I used the word woke I stand by my decisions You re the one watching Disney porn