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3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Part of the First Time For Everything Daily Dose 2011 collection

Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, 1131 AD

Gallienus has spent his life in service of his country, and now his scarred body is no longer up for the fight. Assigned to work the gates of Constantinople, he is charged with examining the cargo brought into the city from all over the world. Misahuen is
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ebook, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press

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Serena Yates
Jun 21, 2011 Serena Yates rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
This is one of those historicals that make it clear how little people have changed over the last thousand years or so. While the setting of Constantinople is different (and a little exotic) and the war Gallienus was involved and wounded in may be long over, the basic need for human companionship and love has not changed. I really liked the slow build between Gallienus (who tells the story) and Misahuen, the careful approach and loving way they got together. And, up until the very end, the story ...more
Xing
Feb 07, 2014 Xing rated it liked it
I actually started out reading City of Jade, which contains City of Gold as a prequel to the story. Once I read the prequel, I realized the story was different from what I expected. I liked City of Gold as a charming story between a soldier of Constantinople and a Korean man following a merchant. However, there's a lot more telling in the development of their relationship than showing. Therefore, their proclamation of love seemed to happen pretty suddenly and without conflict. Once again, the st ...more
Arlyn
May 06, 2015 Arlyn rated it really liked it
This is so not the type of book I would typically read, but it is part of a challenge that I've committed to so I pressed on. I was pleasantly surprised. I have zero interest in historical fiction but this book was really about 2 men falling in love for the first time, a theme that transcends all eras throughout history. So, while the beginning was slow for me, with the descriptors of the historical setting and culture, it was not too long until I got to know the two main characters and I enjoye ...more
Mandapanda
Jun 04, 2011 Mandapanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: various-romance
Set in Roman times this is the tale of Gallienus (an injured veteran of the Byzantine wars) and Misahuen (a trader from another kingdom) falling in love. This historical setting holds no interest for me so my rating is probably biased. But the writing is nice and it's another diverse entry into the excellent First Time for Everything anthology.
I. S.
Jul 14, 2011 I. S. rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. Though the story is short, it's very sweet, and makes me look forward to reading more about the two characters. LJ's familiarity with the location and time also helps build the atmosphere and little details like the dim candle light in the bedroom scene paint lovely imagery. My only "complaint" is that I want more and don't want to wait :)
melek
Nov 25, 2014 melek rated it really liked it
Among war time 2 people find love and they leave their worries behide and ride of to where they find happiness
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Jun 22, 2011 Meggie rated it liked it
This short story was sweet and easy, nice!
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Jun 19, 2011 Clover rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, historical
a really sweet story about a Korean boy falling in love with a Constantinople soldier.
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Jun 14, 2011 Veronica / V rated it liked it
This is a very short book but never the less it is a lovely story.
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