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Squire William Raven has only one goal—to finally receive his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns from a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.

After Sir Robert's return, noble guests arrive from France, bringing intrigue to the castle. William is oblivious to the politics, as he's distracted

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Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published (first published August 2010)
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Aleksandr Voinov
Jun 07, 2013 Aleksandr Voinov added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
This is planned as one of three stories dealing with William Raven (a character I introduced in "Deliverance", currently out of print). When I wrote "Deliverance", I didn't know that there were so many more stories in there, but that's how the muse works.

"Lion of Kent" covers the youth and first love of William. Part 2, which I'm currently outlining, will deal with his other love, Guy de Metz. And hopefully I'll manage to "bring the herd home" (aka, wrap things up) in a third part.

So, while "De...more
Bev
I liked this historical novella which was very well researched as you would expect by Mr Voinov and his co-author. Intrigue, sex (well, duh!!), fighting and men in tights (sorry, hose)....what more could you ask for? 4 stars

This period of British history has always fascinated me. Knights, squires, Kings and Queens...wonderful.

The story revolves around William Raven, a squire and his Lord Sir Robert de Cantilou. William wants to become a knight but must wait until Sir Robert returns from the Cr...more
Jenre
Back in the days when I read m/f historical romance I was never really that keen on the Medieval romances. They always seemed to gloss over all the really interesting stuff, like day to day living, the feudal system and the social and political machinations of the day, focusing instead on dresses, running wild on the hills and improbably feisty heroines who would probably have been tied up in a chastity belt and locked in the cellar for the sort of behaviour they displayed in these books. So you...more
Rachel Haimowitz
3.5 stars

I'm a bit torn on how I feel about this one. So, bullet points it is :)

First the good:

*William is delicious and I love him. In fact, all the characters--even the secondary ones--were beautifully shaped, interesting to read about, and distinct individuals. I want to read more about William and Robert both.

*The historical details are masterful. This was a writer who REALLY did his homework and built an immersive world without inundating the reader with details.

*The writing was overall q...more
Jason Huffman-black
The accuracy of the historical writing in this piece was impressive as was how completely I felt pulled into the story. I want more of William and Robert! I want to read of their journey on crusade!
Arzu
4,5 stars

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Aleksandr Voinov. Consequently I had high expectations for this prequel of Deliverance. I was not disappointed.

William Raven is a squire whose aims to earn his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns after a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.
Furthermore, Sir Robert announces that his castle will host French noble guests who will be accompanied by his brother,...more
Leontine
I was drawn to read this story since I recognized the name of Aleksandr Voinov. He is part of the duo that also wrote the SPECIAL FORCES series, which I so cherish. Before I started the novella THE LION OF KENT I had no clue that it was connected to a historical anthology story titled DELIVERANCE. Apparently the story of William Raven is expanded from DELIVERANCE with three short novellas and I hope each will be released at Carina Press.

My Review: THE LION OF KENT turned out to be a five chapter...more
Amara
I have to say, I love a good historical romance. Give me a good read about knights and crusaders, and I am one happy girl. Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner did a great job with this one. This baby had it all; Action, intrigue, great characters, seduction, hot sex, as well as an amazing historical accuracy and detail that transported me back to time and place.

I absolutely loved the characters in this one. I first read about Willam Raven in Aleksandr’s short story Deliverance, part of the Forbid...more
Tina


Reading historical books is always a challenge and finding one that keeps me interested is not easy. However, The Lion of Kent was anything but boring.

The main character is William, a young man wanting and trying to become a knight of Lord Robert de Cantilou. The story follows him as he grows, fights, becomes a lover and a knight.

The characters of William Raven and Sir Robert and their developing relationship are interesting elaborated and enjoyable to read. The history feels very real. Hot tem...more
Matimate
I am not into middle ages, all that dirt and such is making me nauseous. Two unwashed and smelly knights who are doing anal makes me scared for life. BUT....

There is nothing like that in this book and luckily it is more about romancing squire and landlord in danger then hygiene habits or too much period stuff. The assassination plot put the additional drama, which was solved as quickly as it came to attention.

The verdict was simple. I enjoyed the book quite a lot. I like style of the author. But...more
DayDreamer
The novel finished too quickly.

I wasn't too fascinated with William - he didn't show much character growth or maturity. But I wanted to know more about Robert and his life during the crusade or his days in Constantinople.

I loved the setting - 12th century England. It's one of my favorite periods to read about.
Marc
I listened to the great 3 hour audio book narrated by sean crisden. A great tale of a squire who wants to prove himself and discovers something about himself in the process. SHort and sexy ;)
Mandi Schreiner
All squire William Raven wants to do is prove to everyone he is worthy of being a knight. Very hot headed and with no patience, William has made a name for himself as being outspoken and a bit immature. But soon William will have his chance. Sir Robert de Cantilou arrives back to the castle after a five year absence a changed man. He left cold and bitter, but he arrives with a smile on his face, and eyes that often meet William’s gaze. William is very grateful to Robert, whose late wife took him...more
Rhianon

It's not often that a story leaves me stunned, speechless, and scrambling voraciously for more. William and Robert manage it effortlessly, however.

The genre needs more stories of this caliber. Many. Lots. Please? :)


The romance between Robert, a seasoned veteran of the Crusades, and William, a squire desperate to finally earn the spurs of knighthood, is an example of flawless execution.

Set in a historic period renowned for, amongst other things, the high levels of testosterone, Voinov manages ac...more
Rikki
Aug 27, 2010 Rikki added it
Shelves: glbt, fiction
I am a sucker for Lord and Squire stories, so when I saw The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov available on Netgalley I picked it up right away.

Of the three stories I read so far by Aleksandr I liked this one best. I liked the historical setting, not to mention the two protagonists. William, a wild boy who wants to earn his spurs, and Robert, who recognizes himself as a young man in William. I found William as someone always reacting before thinking unless he forces himself to calm down and count...more
Kei
Oct 06, 2010 Kei rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes m/m.
Shelves: m-m-romance
The Lion of Kent is a good historical m/m romance. The romance is certainly there. I personally would like to see more of the historical elements, but I’m just strange that way. The more ancient it is the better I like it. The richer in detail the better.

William has a lot of dichotomy in his character. He sure is cocky for someone who is so aware of his place. Lots of pride and shame in that boy, sometimes a little lacking in common sense. Perhaps rash would be the single best word. He has been...more
JR
This story takes place in one of my favorite periods in the history of British Isles. It has always been a fascination for me, so I knew I would like this story. The main character is William, a young man wanting and trying to become a knight of Lord Robert. Robert's returning from the Crusades sets the story in motion. It becomes quickly apparent Robert is interested in William in many ways, one being taking William as a lover. The story follows William as he grows, fights, becomes a lover and...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
I really wanted to like this book, because it was very well written. But I don't like insta-love and there was really nothing to recommend both MCs besides appearances. The conspiration plot was not really interesting.
Andrea Guy
This is a really short gay historical romance. Some might try to lump this in as erotica, but it really isn't. There isn't enough sex for it to be considered that. Mind you there's a bit of sex and in a story that's only a little over 80 pages, some might consider it more erotic, but when you compare it to some of the novellas put out by mass market romance it is pretty tame.

I found out after having read the novella that it is a a prequel to Aleksandr Voinov's story Deliverance from the antholog...more
Alex
Stars: 4.5/5

Overall:
I was very impressed with this novel, not that I went in with low expectations, but I was just pleasantly surprised. It never struggled to be something other than it was, and it excelled at what it did. Plot, characters and writing were all well done.

What I liked
Cover Art. Rarely do I find books in the M/M genre to be enticing, but the knight staring me down on this cover was hot. The cover was telling without being abusively obvious, leaving the reader intrigued and curious...more
Tracy
I have something of a weakness for medieval settings, so I was predisposed to enjoy this, even before I started reading, and it was the first book by this author I've read (date of this review not withstanding--this was a re-read, and this time around I Took Notes!)

Having a reasonable background in the history of the way Western religion changed throughout the Dark and Middle Ages (or Middle and Dark Ages? I forget which way 'round it goes sometimes), I particularly enjoyed the commentary relati...more
Thea Nishimori
:::SPOILER ALERT:::

While the sex scenes were quite steamy, my primary objection is that the main character was not likable. William was painstakingly portrayed (and half the pain was the reader's embarrassment on his behalf) as a hot-tempered, insolent, and stupid boor. In short, there was nothing to recommend him to his master's fancy, let alone engender the kind of respectful courtship with which Robert wooed him. It would not have been believable, either, for him to have turned suddenly into...more
Elisa Ramblings
Even if it sounds strange, one of the strengths of The Lion of Kent is that it’s not too long; I like historical romances, but they tend to be so long that readers have to “plan” the reading, having time to plunge into the story, and time to arrive to the main focus of the plot, and usually this is not at all fast.

With 115 pages to count, The Lion of Kent is a good historical romances that is enjoyable and not boring, that allows the reader to appreciate the historical period without being bore...more
Macky
Read Aleksandr Voinovs Dark Soul series which I loved, so looked up more of his books and discovered this co-written novella with Kate Cotoner.

The story is set in medieval times - an age full of rough fighting men, buxom wenches, serfs, squires, knights, squabbling monarchs, court intrigue and religious wars. This was all captured brilliantly within the novella and interwoven with a sexy,but surprisingly tender love story between two tough hard men, each a product of his time, one born into nob...more
Jon Hess
Sep 21, 2010 Jon Hess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any fan of Historical M/M Romance
My introduction to Aleksandr Voinov & Kate Cotoner's The Lion of Kent has simply left me wanting more! I have fallen in love with William Raven and must now read Deliverance from Forbidden Love ASAP.

I love William for his pride, humility, loyalty, devotion, and honor. He is a true Knight in every sense of the word and the epitome of masculine chivalry. His devotion and willingness to lay down his life for his lord and master, Sir Robert is breathtaking.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. M...more
Jaya
SlashReaders: The Lion of Kent, is what I would term historical romance, about a young--but not so young--Squire named William Raven and his encounters with Sir Robert. The story more or less chronicles his initial tryst and romance with Sir Robert. Inadvertently over the course of events, he also becomes Sir William Raven.

So, truth be told I'm not sure how to tell you what I think of this book. It was short, which was quiet disappointing but that was my own fault for not paying better attention...more
Loves To Dive
Squire William Raven wants nothing more than to receive his spurs and become a knight. Since the lord of the manor, Sir Robert de Cantilou, has been off the past five years on a crusade in the Holy Lands, he knows this is not bound to happen soon. While participating in a particularly nasty practice fight where his temper gets the best of him, his instructor Ulric has to pull him off his opponent, because none other than Sir Robert himself is riding into the courtyard.

Sir Robert returns a differ...more
Cynthia (aka Artemis)
The story is told from the viewpoint of William. He’s frustrated because he is well past the age when he should have his “spurs” and be a knight. Just like your typical eighteen year-old (well, for Medieval England), William is brash and pretentious. He also has all the qualities you would find in an aspiring knight: Honor, loyalty, sincerity. I thoroughly enjoyed watching William as he struggled with becoming a knight and with his intense feelings for Robert. William is confident in his trainin...more
Sophia
I love stories set in medieval times because of all the unrest and intrigue that takes place as nations are born of alliances and war. There is all the vows of honor and duty along with the unique society structure. So of course I just had to read this one. It was a quick read since it was novella length, but it was very enjoyable from start to finish.

Will, a squire who is ambitious to earn his knightly spurs, has just learned that his lord is finally returned from the Crusades and Sir Robert ha...more
Fangtasia
Again Mr. Voinov manages to transport me in time and distance with the power of words. Not too much description, mind you, like in other books where I end up skipping pages and pages of uninspiring, unnecessary verbage that does not contribute anything to the story. No, with just a few words this author describes the environment surrounding the scene in a way that makes you almost feel the scents and temperature and hear the whisper of the wind. You are simply there, experiencing what the charac...more
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“Half of love is restraint. Patience and respect. Don’t waste your time on the unworthy.” 6 likes
“Knighthood. Was he even worthy? Just a little while ago, he’d have answered yes without a doubt, but now, facing the cross and his own desires, he wasn’t so sure. Courage, loyalty, obedience, faith. If even a man like Ulric could act against those virtues, then they were not something one possessed, but something to be constantly guarded and reclaimed.” 4 likes
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