Category Archives: Historical

Review: A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook

A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook
Title: A Little Night Murder
Author: J.S. Cook
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

In 1942, Pearl Harbor has been bombed and the war is very much in evidence, but it would seem to have little to do with Frank Boyle, a respected Bronx born insurance investigator. He’s a man who can keep secrets, and no one suspects that his boyhood friend—local mob boss Nicky Brooks—is his lover. When Brooks accidentally kills Frank’s younger brother in a shootout, Frank must choose between his affair with Nicky and revenge for his brother’s life.

After Frank betrays Nicky, police detective Sam Lipinski, a Bronx native who has long carried a torch for Frank, makes a move against the mob and lands squarely in the way of Nicky’s plans. Sam smuggles Frank out of New York to keep him safe, and sets him up him in a small northeastern city. But there, a messy insurance investigation involving the Roarkes, who may or may not have killed their own mother for the insurance payout, places him in danger again. Dodging bullets, shady characters, and fallout from the war, Sam and Frank will need far more than luck on their side if they’re ever to see a loving future.

Review:

A Little Night Murder is a good story and I enjoyed reading it but something was missing for me and I don’t know what that something was. It starts out great, the story works, I liked the MC’s and all the secondary characters but unfortunately I never found myself connected to any of them.

It’s a historical about the mob and what happens when you get involved with them. It spans a couple of decades but the early years are told in flashbacks. Frankie Boyle is in hiding, he testified against his boss and lover Nicky Brooks after a shooting sanctioned by Nicky kills Frankie’s little brother. Frankie ends up in Newfoundland where he finds a pretty good life working as an insurance investigator until Nicky gets out and comes looking for Frankie.

When Nicky heads to Newfoundland to find Frankie, Frankie’s long time friend and sometimes lover Sam comes to Newfoundland to watch out for him….or so he’s led to believe. Sam is Frankie’s love interest but at a time where being gay can get you killed and Sam is somewhat unsure about how he feels and what to do about their relationship. Theirs isn’t an easy one but they do want to be together.

This story is full of mystery, intrigue and most of all revenge, there are twist and turns with a lot of ‘who done it’.  It’s well written and it moves at a good pace. The romance part is secondary but it works. Everything falls into place with this book and that makes it confusing to me as to why I didn’t fall in love with it. I did learn part way into the story that it’s part of a series and I wonder if reading the other two before this one would have made a difference.

It is a good read and I do recommend it for those that love to read historicals with a mysteries.

Review: Kid Gloves by Anna Martin

Kid Gloves by Anna Martin
Title: Kid Gloves
Author: Anna Martin
Cover Artist: Melissa Gay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

Alone in his East London shop, a man known only as Dalton makes living prosthetics: bionic, mechanical limbs, from leather, metal, and magic. It’s to this little corner of the capital that Finn Croucher, an elite army marksman, travels after an accident leads to his hand being amputated.

While Dalton fashions Finn’s new hand and teaches him how to use it, he reveals some secrets long hidden, and he and Finn become lovers. But Finn must return to duty, and a string of letters becomes his only connection to the love he left in London.

Review:

Before I started reading the book, I was really excited because of the gorgeous book cover and it was a steampunk novella. What was not to be excited about? So, as I dug in, it had a good opening until the author started head hopping between two characters’ POV without break scenes. It confused me a bit so I had to re-read to figure out who was thinking. It continued that pretty often throughout the story.

What I like—

The opening, obviously. It hooked me in. Seeing what Finn came to see Dalton for. Getting new hand that was a mechanical type where it reacted to Finn’s nerve system. The author described the setting extremely well and what the characters looked like. I did get plenty of details about whom they were. That was the most important part of the story that I enjoyed.

What I didn’t like—

The ridiculously head hopping was starting to get annoyed. I felt that there weren’t enough details of how Finn handled with his new hand. He was back to the “war” and not even once the author described the frustration Finn dealt with his new hand. Did it accidentally crush his equipment? Did it protect him in the war? The questions kept on because I wholeheartedly expected the story to be focus on how the new hand changed Finn’s life. I got it that it had brought him to Dalton onto their new chapter of their life. That was a great part of the story but I wanted more stories that centered on his new hand.

Overall—

It was a good read. Could’ve done better but good. I still do recommend readers to check this one out. The romance between Finn and Dalton was great. It wasn’t a difficult to read especially when it was set in historical setting in London. I enjoyed it and that mattered the most. I strongly believed this book deserved three stars.

Review: Easy Ryder by Deanna Wadsworth

Easy Ryder by Deanna Wadsworth
Title: Easy Ryder
Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Easy Ryder | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

It’s July 3, 1976, the beginning of America’s bicentennial weekend, and everyone seems to be celebrating their freedoms except eighteen-year-old runaway Michael Ryder. Fresh from rural Pennsylvania, Michael is doing whatever and whoever it takes to get to San Francisco, where he hopes to find a new life with the freedom to love without fear.

While hitchhiking, a mysterious, tattooed biker named Snake offers him a ride west—on the back of his customized Harley chopper. During their journey across Route 66, Snake introduces Michael to new and steamy pleasures, leaving Michael aching for more than just a physical relationship. But a violent encounter with a cruel biker gang and a harrowing secret from Snake’s military past might destroy their unlikely relationship long before they reach the end of the road.

Review:

This story isn’t a historical, not to me at least I lived this era but for some it might be. It takes place in the 70’s when being gay was unacceptable to a lot of people but it’s also the time when gay community’s started standing up for the right to live openly without fear of repercussions. I remember the city of San Francisco being the forerunner.  It’s also when the Vietnam conflict was just ending and damaged young men came home to a less than enthusiastic welcome. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for young gay vets returning and having two huge strikes against them. All around the 70’s wasn’t one of our shining moments but this story is a jewel.

Easy Ryder is about two young men, heading west, meeting and deciding to take their journey together. I thought the MC’s, Snake and Ryder were the most unlikely pairing but somewhere in the story I realized how perfect they were for each other. I expected Snake, being the Vietnam Vet and physically stronger of the two to always be the dominate one but Ryder surprised me. Even though physically he couldn’t stand up to the hate and prejudice against himself he is the stronger of the two emotionally when it’s needed and Snake is in need of someone like Ryder. They are two total opposites but each having what the other needs to make their world bearable. There are a lot of dark and horrible things that happen to these two on their journey west. Their love story isn’t sweet, easy or romantic but a strong bond forms after all they endure on their trip.

This was a hard story to read but so worth every emotion it put me through. It is one of those stories I couldn’t stop reading once I started. Sex plays a major role, there is a lot of it and while I usually want more plot than sex all the sex in Easy Ryder works, in a strange way it’s what made me see why Snake and Ryder worked and I don’t mean because the sex between them was good for both it was the emotion behind the sex. There was only one negative for me and that was the time these two spent together. Their story takes place in just a few days, I would have liked to have seen it be a longer time frame, with everything that happens it all seemed too much but I loved the story so much I just ignored that part.

This is this author’s first full length novel and she hit it out of the park. She truly blew me away and I’m looking forward to what else she has coming.

I highly recommend Easy Ryder. If you only read sweet and easy with little or no angst and limited sex this story probably isn’t for you but I do hope some of you will give it a try it’s truly an amazing story.

Review: Valley of the Dead by J.S. Cook

Valley of the Dead by J.S. Cook
Title: Valley of the Dead
Author: J.S. Cook
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

The Second World War rages: it touches Newfoundland in unprecedented ways, throwing spies and patriots together inside expatriate Jack Stolyes’s Heartache Café and forcing uncomplementary bedfellows into alliances. It’s all in a day’s work for Jack, whose introduction to the Island included corrupt cops, a murder on the doorstep of his restaurant, and more than one attempt on his life.

When exotic and alluring Egyptian diplomat Samuel Halim enters Jack’s small corner of the world, Jack’s life will change forever. Then, on his voyage home, Sam disappears along with the code key to decipher a Nazi radio command that will set Rommel’s troops in motion.

Jack finds himself with nothing to go on except a fragmented late-night phone call from Sam and a handful of disparate clues. In the teeming heat of Cairo—a city rife with romance, secrets, sex, and danger, where no one is who he seems and violent death waits around every shadowed corner—it’s up to Jack to find the new love of his life and deliver the code that will change the course of history.

Review:

I’m always on the lookout for a good historical and this one caught my eye. The story takes place during WWII when being gay could have dire circumstances. Our MC Jack runs a cafe in Newfoundland where he meets Sam, an Egyptian Diplomat. The two instantly are attracted to one another and even though all they share is a kiss Jack can’t forget about Sam when he leaves. Jack receives a call from a woman that turns out to be Sam’s wife telling him Sam has disappeared and asks him for help in finding Sam.

I liked this story but there were a few things that I had issue with, first being the fact that Jack and Sam know each other for such a short time I couldn’t understand, even though there was a strong attraction, why Jack would run off to the Middle East to search for Sam, especially when he has just found out Sam has a wife and she is my second issue. I did think these two had great chemistry which I got from the flashbacks of their short time together. The story is told in Jack’s POV which works out perfectly for the mystery as Jack slowly learns what Sam does so do we.

I had a difficult time with the wife angle, I did really like her, she never came across as a horrible person but I never got why she would be okay with, even encouraged Jack and Sam’s budding relationship. It is explained much later in the book but that mystery took too long to be told that when the explanation is given it seemed too easy and a bit ridiculous.

The story is well written, there are a lot of twists and turns maybe too many, at times it was hard to keep who was doing what to whom and why. It’s no where near impossible to follow but there is a lot of action, adventure, mystery and betrayal packed into this story. There is a love story of sorts but it does take a back seat to everything else that happens it is a very small part of the story. I don’t think this story can be called a romance. It is another one of those stories that I would put in the gay fiction category one that does have two MC’s that fall in love but in no way is the focus of the book.

I enjoyed the read and with a few minor changes this could have been a 4 star book for me.

Review: A Margin of Promise by Emma Lanner

A Margin of Promise by Emma Lanner
Title: A Margin of Promise
Author: Emma Lanner
Cover Artist: Kimi Owens
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★¾

Blurb:

Packed off to London with orders to obtain a wife, Isaac arrives at the home of his benefactor, Lord Edmund, with whom he has corresponded for several years. Upon his arrival, however, Edmund proves to be less warm and welcoming than Isaac had expected, and is eager to see him married off.

Distraction comes first by way of Gideon, beautiful and charming and eager to show Isaac a different sort of society, then Patience, smart and marriageable and a talented matchmaker, who decides to help Isaac woo Edmund and bring out the passionate man Isaac knows from their years of correspondence.

But Edmund seems bent on ignoring him, and Gideon determined to draw him closer…

Review:

A really enjoyable read, a historical at its best. The romances were sweet but a bit frustrating at times, some of the main characters need to learn to talk to each other but then if they did that there would be no conflict, therefore no story. Things can’t be wonderful all the time or it would just be boring. There is no real angst and no cheating in this story, just a lot of men being, well men.

Isaac must find a wife but he has no interest in a wife he wants his benefactor Edmund. Edmund also needs a wife but he wants Isaac. Edmund’s good friend Gideon has been in love with him forever but Edmund doesn’t realize that. When Isaac meets Gideon they are drawn to each other and Isaac decides he wants Gideon to teach him in the ways of loving a man, he thinks the reason Edmund won’t come near him is that he isn’t experienced so he sets out to remedy that with Gideon. What a dilemma.

The story didn’t go where I was so sure it was headed and I think that is why I liked it so much. A Margin of Promise kept me guessing and just when I was sure I got it things changed. The secondary characters were perfect, I especially liked Patience, a strong and determined female who stood up to the men and lead her life the way she wanted. The connection between all the MC’s was strong and I really felt no matter which way things ended, who ended up with whom or if they ended up all together (I’m not a big fan of ménage) I would be just fine with that. Some may find this story a bit confusing but it really is worth the read.  I think the best way to get past the confusion is not to try and figure it out just go with it and let the story take you on a journey of love, lust and betrayal that ends with a very satisfying HEA.

This is a historical that I would recommend to everyone that loves romance. I should mention there is a fair bit of sex but I never thought it was there just to pad the word count for me it helped me understand some of these guys better.

Review: Worrlgenhall by Monica Luke

Worrlgenahll by Monica Luke
Title: Worrlgenhall
Author: Monica Luke
Cover Artist: Unknown
Publisher: Self-Pub
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Amazon
Genre: Historical
Type: Non-Romance
Pairing: Gay, Het
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★½

Blurb:

Laad lived his adult life as a messenger, traveling the lands for his king and lords. He was content with his life as best he knew it, believing that fate was fate, and if the life of a messenger was his lot, he would do it as best he could. Yet, fate had other plans for Laad guiding his path with no will of his own to a higher status. One he would have never imagined within the kingdom he lived and loved. A kingdom made of far more than stone, wood, mortar, and glass on land, which stretched from plain to plain, but a kingdom made from loyal men, fierce warriors, sworn to defend it and all within it to their deaths. Warriors, although bonded by their blood oath and sworn to their kingdom, are still men and prone to perils of life. Life far from excluding, betrayal, murder, envy, and treachery… You will find yourself intrigued unable to pull yourself away from the pages as you become drawn into their provocative intermingled tales, even experiencing the same fury, want, and passion … maybe even more.

Review:

I was torn about how to write this review, some may think this is a negative review but it’s not meant to be.  I thought this story could have been really good but it missed the mark for me with a bit of re-working I could see this being a really good read. The story is a long one about 1240 Kindle pages and with a story that long I better be invested in it fairly early on or I find I struggle to read it. While this one wasn’t necessarily a huge struggle I did have some trouble staying completely engaged, so it took me longer than it usually does to read a story of this size.

Unfortunately I never found myself connecting with any of the characters, there were too many characters and couples being introduced too close together and that almost lost me. Trying to follow everyone’s storyline got a bit confusing but that does iron itself out somewhat, in my opinion a few less prominent characters would have been a good thing. This book will not be for everyone, first it’s a historical with both M/M and M/F relationships with on page sex and second there are a lot of battle scenes, both were fairly graphic. As far as romance goes I think because I didn’t connect to anyone I didn’t feel any romance between any of the couples.

This is the author’s first work and I thought for a first it was well done and had great potential. The story idea was a good one, I just felt it was in need of a little tightening up. There were some typos, grammar mistakes and confusing sentences but unless that takes me out of a story I over look it. I’m horrible at grammar and I make a lot of mistakes so I never judge on that alone. I’ll be interested to see what else this author brings us, I sincerely hope she continues writing.

Review: Heart of Stone by Ari McKay

Heart of Stone by Ari McKay
Title: Heart of Stone
Author: Ari McKay
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Stone Harrison never knew he had an aunt; he certainly never expected her to bequeath him one of the largest spreads in central Nevada. But something about Copper Lake Ranch and its foreman, Luke Reynolds, speaks to him, offering a chance for the home he’s never really had.

Luke wants Stone to succeed as a rancher and put the legacy of his shiftless father behind him, but he’d also like Stone to share his bed. Unfortunately, Stone is convinced that the world is a harsh place that will never accept two men sharing their lives. Much to Luke’s dismay, he refuses to risk Luke’s life despite the intense attraction they share.

The tension between them escalates when a series of calamities strikes Copper Lake. An unexpected and unwelcome visit from Stone’s dandified cousin, James, only makes things worse. Stone’s ability to run the ranch comes into question, but the threat of losing it means less to Stone than the threat to Luke’s life. Stone will do anything it takes to protect the man he loves—even if it makes him a murderer.

Review:

Stone Harrison is a cowboy. For the past ten years, he has been working hard on someone else’s farm, until he receives a letter, informing him of an inheritance. When the silent cowboy heads to Copper Lake Ranch, he has no idea what waits for him.

Luke Reynolds has been the foreman on Copper Lake Ranch for many years. He became like family to the former owner, Mrs. Harrison. When the next of kin shows up to claim the ranch, Luke is intrigued and excited. He shows Stone the ropes and they get along well until things mysteriously start happening on the farm.

The attraction between Luke and Stone was sexy. The sex scenes were so well written, I blushed. The tension after they Stone realizes, he and Luke can’t be a couple was powerful. They continue to work the ranch and pretend like they aren’t miserable without one another.

I was surprised by some events near the end of this story. I didn’t see Miss Agnes’ declaration of love. I was glad to see things work out. I loved the surprise couple at the end showing up to the farm.

Overall, I give Heart of Stone, 4 stars. I think the plot is enjoyable and well written. I usually stay away from historical pieces, but I fell in love with Stone and Luke. I will definitely read this one again!

Review: The Bitter Rednesses of Love by Dominique Frost

The Bitter Rednesses of Love by Dominique Frost
Title: The Bitter of Rednesses of Love
Author: Dominique Frost
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Anthony Clark, degenerate genius and impoverished nobleman, finds himself wedded to the painfully proper young aristocrat, Stephen Ayers. They’ve been pledged since before Stephen’s birth.

Will their marriage prove intolerable to them both, or will they find a happy equilibrium, instead? As Anthony teaches Stephen the pleasures of the body, will Stephen be able to teach Anthony the pleasures of the heart?

Review:

This novella is a historical with the added touch of Steampunk. I loved this world and the two men who live in it. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this novella, the story was well written, the MC’s Anthony and Stephen were well suited and the romance was touching.

Anthony and Stephen have an arranged marriage and in this world gender plays no part in who your spouse will be, I loved that! Anthony is a bit of a rogue he beds whomever he pleases and has no intention on changing that once he is married to Stephen. Stephen on the other hand is a shy, quiet, virgin and wants only Anthony, he has for a very long time. I was nervous on how the author would handle the wedding night, I already had a soft spot for Stephen and didn’t want their night to be a disaster but I worried needlessly the author did a wonderful job, she made me totally fall in love with both MC’s.

This story does have some angst but it’s very light mostly its just a sweet, lovely read one I didn’t want to put down. This story ended far too soon for me but that’s just my personal opinion, I wasn’t ready to let these guys go. The story is complete you’re not left with any unanswered questions and the two MC’s get their beautiful HEA. The End.

I recommend this story to everyone even those that don’t read Historical s or Steampunk.

Review: Kostas by J.C. Stryker

Kostas by J.C. Stryker
Title: Kostas
Author: J.C. Stryker
Cover Artist:
Publisher: Self-Published
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Amazon
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★¾

Blurb:

When Dominicus Galen fell at Esras Cole’s feet on the battlefield, rival generals became reunited lovers.

Reunited, perhaps, but not reconciled, for Galen didn’t fall alone; the Comid Republic, a federation of the faithful carved from Ainjir, Cole’s secular homeland, by bloody rebellion, fell with him. Whether or not they are, or even could be, lovers again, with five years of war between them Cole knows one thing for certain:

Treason is too simple a plan for Dominicus Galen.

Galen can’t even tell him how right he is – surrendering to Cole is a gesture as calculated as it is hopeful. Galen has put his life in the hands of the lover he spent five years fighting. If anyone can save him, it is Esras Cole, but even for Galen, the question remains: Should he be saved?

From the moment Galen hits the ground before him, Cole has ten days – six to march to the Capitol, four for Galen’s torture, trial, and execution – to unravel the plot of cross and double-cross that condemns Galen to die for his disloyalty. The closer he comes to a solution, the more apparent it becomes that the cost of Galen’s life may be the country Cole fought to save – a price the kingdom should be wary of asking him to pay.

What else could he do but pay it gladly when the man he fought a war against is the one person who would never betray him?

Review:

This has been a hard review for me to write, as a matter of fact I’ve started and stopped, deleted and re-wrote it multiple times I’m still not sure I’m going to get this exactly right, all I can do is try my best.

I had some difficulty reading Kostas, there were times I really thought I would have to give up but that’s not me and that’s not fair to the author. They work hard at writing the least I can do is make sure I give the book a solid chance.

This book has a bit of everything, it has adventure, scheming bad guys, back stabbing, spies, of course there are the good guys and a romance. There is a monarchy that rules and a war that tears the MC’s apart. This is the part of the review I’m having the hardest time trying to figure out how to explain without it sounding like I’m trashing the book or repeating myself.  I have such respect for the author for the world building that went into this book but that’s also where it loses some points for me. I thought it over shadowed getting to know the characters, getting that connection to them that is so important and unfortunately it ended up being tedious reading. For me, most of the story was too wordy, too much narrative about the world and the war and not enough about the characters. There was a lot that I thought could have been trimmed down or omitted that wouldn’t have change the feel of the story but it would have made it flow better and stop pulling me out of the story. While I had some difficulty with the first 60% of the book because of its wordiness, the last 40% was excellent! The combination of adventure and romance was perfectly balanced and exciting, definitely a page turner.

Review: Choices by Grace R. Duncan

Choices by Grace R. Duncan
Title: Choices
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Born and raised a gypsy in the late eleventh century, Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire—until one night they’re caught and their precious freedom is revoked. Given the choice between the dungeons or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.

Bathasar doesn’t want the throne. He supports his brother instead, which suits their sadistic father, Mukesh. When Teman, the handsome slave Bathasar has secretly been watching, saves his life, Bathasar requests a slave for the first time. Before long, Bathasar and Teman fall in love. But all is not well. One day Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court, angering the empress of a neighboring nation. To appease her, he then offers her Jasim as a gift, and Teman decides to stay with Bathasar for now—despite the abuse he may suffer.

The peace doesn’t last. Mukesh plans to invade Jasim’s new country, and Bathasar must find a way to stop the destruction. But if he succeeds, he’ll ascend to the throne and have the power to grant Teman his liberty. Then Teman will surely leave him. What other choice could a gypsy make?

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

Review:

It was a long read for me. It took me a couple weeks to finish it. I had to be in a certain mood to be able to read this book. This book was filled with a lot of sex scenes and I ended up finding myself skip all of the sex scenes when I passed the middle of the book. Don’t take me wrong, the sex scenes were hot and done really well. I wasn’t just up to reading the sex scenes repeatedly, even though the author managed to keep it as variety as possible.

The story that wasn’t about sex was fantastic. That was the only reason why I was able to keep reading because the abuse Teman had suffered made me feel sad for him. I hoped for his safe when he got back to his lover’s arms. Also the encountered between him and his family was a good part and support the book really well. Everything about Teman’s life was the choice he needed to make. Nothing was decided for him but himself alone.

I loved Cyrus and Nadir the most in this book. I thought I’d be paying attention to just Teman and his lover, but to my surprise, the author managed to make a lot of secondary characters as important as the main character. For that, I was able to enjoy the book more. Especially the part where Teman had to go through the training to become a good sex slave for the masters. The way author described what he needed to smell and hear in order to get erected at his will. For myself, I couldn’t do that. I had to be in right mood to be able to get hard. The author made the scene as realistic as possible and I could believe it easily without a second thought.

For once, I would love to read Cyrus and Nadir’s own story and how they became a slave and a lover together. I knew I’d love their story easily because they were such a likable character. It was tough journey for everyone that had to become a sex slave. But man, my heart shattered every time a jerk abused badly toward Tamin and Nadir. The way they managed to deal with it was amazing. I became happy when I reached the last few pages, knowing they all would have a safe lovely life for now on.

I only have two things that caused a drop of a star in the rating. Teman immediately said “I love you” to his lover after just one night together for the first time and that was too unrealistic to me. Eventually, as the story goes on, their love had become true. My second thing: too much sex. I knew it was an erotic book, but I would think the author could have balanced it out with plots. Or just cut down the sex scenes and I would still enjoy the book very much.

I still do recommend readers who loved to read a lot of creative sex scenes and can handle the abuse part involving nipple clamps, whips, paddle, and cane.