Book Two in the Mermen of Ea Series from Dreamspinner Press, tentative publication: May 2014.
Definition of "Into the Wind": heading into the directio...moreBook Two in the Mermen of Ea Series from Dreamspinner Press, tentative publication: May 2014.
Definition of "Into the Wind": heading into the direction the wind is blowing. As any sailor knows, you can't sail directly into the wind. But the way things are going for Taren, it seems as though everywhere he turns, he's headed directly into the wind.
The second Mermen of Ea book is, as the first, focused on Taren, who has many questions about his past and his future. At Ian's side, for a short time, Taren is both happy and content. But dreams of his past life continue to haunt him, as do the memories of his time spent in the Ea prison. He has many questions, but he finds himself afraid to ask them and afraid of learning the truth of his past. Taren dreams of his life as Treande and of the rune stone, and he knows his future is bound up in both. But is he Treande, or is he his own person? The one thing Taren knows for sure is that he couldn't survive a future without Ian in it.
When the leader of the mainland Ea faction asks Ian and Taren to sail to the Gateway Islands to locate the reclusive pirate, Odhran, both men jump at the chance to put to sea. But along the way, the Phantom is attacked by human ships and Taren is separated from Ian and his crew. Taren awakens on one of the Gateway islands and meets Brynn, a beautiful young boy who claims to know Odhran. But Brynn has his secrets, just as Taren does. And when Taren finally meets Odhran, those secrets could prove fatal.
There are lots of surprises and a few new characters I think you'll enjoy in this second installment in the series. Want to read an excerpt from "Into the Wind?" You can find it here: http://www.shiraanthony.com/books/int...(less)
The first installment in my Mermen of Ea Series. The series focuses on the Taren/Ian pairing and continues over the books (3 planned):
1) Stealing the...moreThe first installment in my Mermen of Ea Series. The series focuses on the Taren/Ian pairing and continues over the books (3 planned):
1) Stealing the Wind 2) Into the Wind, and 3) Running with the Wind
The second book in the series will be released in Spring of 2014 and takes up Ian and Taren's adventure where book one leaves off. You'll meet a new character in book two, Into the Wind, who will play a major role in the story and will have his own pairing.
The mermen of Ea are not frilly, fishlike mermen. They are powerful, sexual beings who can possess certain magical gifts. Although there is a MMM menage scene at the beginning of the first book, the pairing of Ian and Taren is strictly MM.
Books in this series should be read in order.(less)
Lush, full of wonderful descriptions, and sexy as all get-out, you can feel, smell, and taste the worlds Tali Spencer creates. Thick as Thieves is no...moreLush, full of wonderful descriptions, and sexy as all get-out, you can feel, smell, and taste the worlds Tali Spencer creates. Thick as Thieves is no exception. I was fortunate enough to beta read this amazing book, and I fell in love with this seemingly mismatched pair of men.
There's Vorgell, built like an ox and admittedly not the sharpest knife in the drawer (I mean, really, fucking yourself with a Unicorn horn???). But I loved Vorgell's kind heart and good intentions. Then there's Madd, the young witch who stirs more than just Vorgell's magically oversexed body. Madd is a wonderfully flawed man who shoulders a great deal of pain and has learned not to trust anyone as a result. Together, these two are as perfect for each other as they are different. It just takes a little while for them to realize that they need each other.
I highly recommend this wonderful book. It's at once sweet, funny, and poignant. Oh, and beautifully written, of course!(less)
Tali Spencer is an autobuy for me for two reasons: the quality of her writing and the smoking hot sex in her books. "Dangerous Beauty" didn't disappoi...moreTali Spencer is an autobuy for me for two reasons: the quality of her writing and the smoking hot sex in her books. "Dangerous Beauty" didn't disappoint, in fact, it's the best of hers I've read so far.
One of the things Ms. Spencer does so well is to create beautiful fantasy worlds through the use of language. Not overly flowerly, but filled with wonderful and amazing descriptions of things that pull me in to the story and make me want to live there with her characters. What a wonderful and mouth-watering surprise, then, to discover that this story begins with a VERY detailed description of a certain MC's body part (yes, the one you're thinking about!). The setup is perfect - it's symbolic of the temptation that draws the other MC out of his shell and into the light of day.
Endre, captive prince, is so firmly locked in the closet that he'll just about bite any man who comes near (and not in a good way!). A problem, really, since his "cover" for passing notes for his father (the conquered king of a neighboring kingdom who is plotting his family's escape from Uttor) is to pose as a gay man who seeks out the company of other men at wild sex parties. Endre manages to keep his distance from most of the men who approach him. But there's one man he can't seem to keep his eyes off of: Arshad, the fiercely masculine Prince of Tabar. Powerful, intelligent, and handsome, Endre falls without knowing he's fallen.
The backdrop of political intrigue and Endre's family woes make the unusual courtship of Endre and Arshad even more poignant. Arshad, in spite of his confidence and appeal, also falls hard for Endre. Endre isn't sure what to do. Torn between his growing love for Arshad and his love for his family, Endre flounders.
The sex scene in the middle of the book is one of the hottest I've read--a scene of exploration and realization told from both the MCs' points of view and just gorgeous. One to re-read on cold nights, for sure.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves romantic fantasy with a poetic touch. It's like diving into a bowl full of chocolate ice cream: rich, smooth, and something to savor.
"Brute" is a lovely story about the beauty within, told in a fairy tale universe with kings, princes, and gods who grant wishes in return for a steep...more"Brute" is a lovely story about the beauty within, told in a fairy tale universe with kings, princes, and gods who grant wishes in return for a steep "payment."
Without going into a lot of the plot, suffice it to say that neither of the two main characters here are what you would call "whole" in any sense of the word. Each has his own burden to bear, whether in the form of physical pain and mutilation or in the psychological realm. But the title character, in spite of his horrible childhood and physical shortcomings, has a heart of gold that heals the broken spirits of those around him.
Beautifully written and engaging, "Brute" is a surprisingly down to earth story about what makes each of us human. Thoroughly enjoyable read and a lovely and heartwarming romance!(less)
It's not often a book keeps me up reading well into the morning two nights in a row, but Hayley B. James's "Water Waltz" did just that. It wasn't only...moreIt's not often a book keeps me up reading well into the morning two nights in a row, but Hayley B. James's "Water Waltz" did just that. It wasn't only the angsty romantic elements in the book that had me glued to the pages (or rather, my Kindle), it was also the political intrigue and the wonderful secondary characters who inhabited the story that refused to let me put it down.
The worldbuilding in this story is excellent. I probably had that eyes-glazed-over look on my face when I first started reading, since the book begins with a few pages of references: who the devils are, who the demons are, who the angels are and the fairies, and how the humans fit into the equation. I shouldn't have worried. The information was interesting, but the book did a great job of quickly putting me in the middle of this new universe of demons, devils, fairies and angels without any need to refer back to the beginning "cheat sheet."
The book revolves around demon operative Varun and his erstwhile lover-turned-butler, Triste (which means "sad" in French, btw - loved all the French references in the story). It seems that, two years before the action starts, Triste unceremoniously dumped Varun to become his butler, without any real explanation. Without spoiling any of the plot, I can say that by about 1/3 of the way into the story, I was dying to know why Triste left the sexy and powerful Varun (and hoping that they might just end up back together again if the stars aligned).
Much of the story is political intrigue, supernatural style. The plot is complex, but not overly so. The secondary characters have their own little subplots and interactions with Triste and Varun, and I ended up rooting for them, as well. Suffice it to say that what you believe is true is probably not, and characters who appear to be foes turn out to be friends, and vice-versa.
Much more than just a romance (although the romance is angsty and sweet at the same time), this book was a breath of fresh air for me. Supernatural MM romance with a fascinating plot set in a fascinating universe I hope to revisit (sequel, anyone?). The story draws you in slowly, setting the stage, and then, bingo, you're caught up in the world and wanting desperately to know how it will all work out. Excellent read!(less)
After reading Sorcerer's Knot, I couldn't wait to buy this book. I loved the layered universe Ms. Spencer created in that first novella, and I'm a hug...moreAfter reading Sorcerer's Knot, I couldn't wait to buy this book. I loved the layered universe Ms. Spencer created in that first novella, and I'm a huge fan of the captor/captive vibe in MM romance. I wasn't disappointed. "The Prince of Winds" is a beautiful book, full of the same poetic narrative and beautifully described and sensual sex scenes that I went wild for in "Sorcerer's Knot."
MILD SPOILERS: (view spoiler)[ When we first meet Rimmon, a prince and an eagle fighter, he has just seen his close friend and romantic interest fall in battle. Wounded, Rimmon summons his eagle and captures the eye of the demon warrior, Melkor.
Melkor takes one look at Rimmon and falls in love with the handsome prince, taking him captive and healing his injuries. But Melkor is not what he first appears to be, and Rimmon, too, comes to care for Melkor. The only problem: Melkor is cursed by the goddess never to be loved. (hide spoiler)]
As with "Sorcerer's Knot," the worldbuilding in this long novella is breathtaking. The descriptions, not only of the battle, but of the island stronghold where Melkor keeps Rimmon, are vivid and poetic. The sex scenes are undeniably hot, but they also are beautifully crafted, almost musical, and the emotional connection between Rimmon and Melkor is powerful.
Another wonderfully crafted fantasy romance from Tali Spencer. I can't wait for the next! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I loved this story. It's dark, angsty, and beautifully written. It's also a story of growth and of finding one's purpose and destiny.
Cian is a sorcere...moreI loved this story. It's dark, angsty, and beautifully written. It's also a story of growth and of finding one's purpose and destiny.
Cian is a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to master the last of the arcane powers: the power to control the sea. He nearly loses his life in search of Muir the Scarred, the only sorcerer known to possess that power. But Cian doesn't intend to ask Muir to teach him, he intends to steal the power from Muir. Suffice it to say, things don't go at all as Cian plans. What he finds on the tiny island is far more than Muir, it's his future, his destiny, and his fulfillment as a man.
Ms. Spencer is a writer who knows how to use prose to her advantage. Her depictions of even the most horrible of living nightmares are beautifully written, and the underlying theme of the story is profound. I highly recommend this book to readers who want something more than just the traditional MM romance. Don't get me wrong--that's there, too. But there is so much more to be found in the pages of "The Sorcerer's Knot."(less)
I had the pleasure of beta reading this book. It's a beautifully crafted novel - Ms. Cohen has a lovely writing style, clean and elegant.
The story is...moreI had the pleasure of beta reading this book. It's a beautifully crafted novel - Ms. Cohen has a lovely writing style, clean and elegant.
The story is set in a fantasy universe, but the emotions and relationships are entirely human ones. Her two main characters are so clearly meant for each other, in spite of their very different personalities and talents. In spite of all of the obstacles that threaten to come between them, their love grows stronger and matures.
The political intrigue is well-done, too, and the story will keep you guessing as to who is behind all of the threats to Lornyc and his family, and to the kingdom he may be called upon to rule. I enjoyed watching Lornyc struggle with his place in society and his duty to his family. Through that struggle we see his growth from boy to man.
Lovely book and fascinating story. I'm looking forward to her next release (which I also got to read - lucky me!) this fall.(less)
This is the short story that inspired, The Dream of a Thousand Nights. Another take on the "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" theme: what...moreThis is the short story that inspired, The Dream of a Thousand Nights. Another take on the "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" theme: what would the world be like if you had died? Rating: G (suitable for work). Written with my good friend and fellow author, Venona Keyes. All the stories in the Halloween Howl had to be less than 3000 words - not an easy feat for me!(less)
This, the third installment of the "Invisible Chains" trilogy, was in my opinion the best, with the first a close second. Mr. Ashling masterfully laid...moreThis, the third installment of the "Invisible Chains" trilogy, was in my opinion the best, with the first a close second. Mr. Ashling masterfully laid out the climax of the series: the battle for the Northern Marches and the resolution of the troubled relationship between the two princes, Anaxantis and Ehandar. In spite of my lingering frustration with the lack of "cleanup" editing (typos abound), by the end I didn't care all that much. This is a testament to Mr. Ashling's unique voice and his knack for creating characters that are wonderfully flawed and irresistible.
MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:(view spoiler)[This installment of the trilogy focuses in large part upon preparations for war, and a seemingly unwinnable one, at that. In the background, the relationship between Anaxantis and his half-brother Ehandar has reached the breaking point, with the focus on Anaxantis' obsessive need to control the darker side of Ehandar which he believes still lurks behind the kind and attentive submissive/slave, "Tarno," and Ehandar's own growth.
As always, what drew me in and held me spellbound was not the action itself, although the battle preparations were remarkably well thought out and described. No, what captured me were the narratives through which I was able to peer inside the minds of Anaxantis and Ehandar and, in this installment, Ehandar especially. I despaired that the brothers would survive the end of the book (sorry, no spoilers here!), and my heart broke for them both. And here, the resolution was really quite lovely and poignant.
The secondary characters that populate this book were also a joy to follow. From sexy rogue Rullio, who is determined to find out what has happened to his friend, Ehandar, to the goofy and sweet Ryhunzo and his alter-ego, and Lorcko, whose perfection stands in the way of his finding happiness. I loved the Mukthar prince and his henchmen, as well. (hide spoiler)]
I do hope that Mr. Ashling will consider a re-edit of these books, if only to do justice to the intelligence and strength of the writing. The same is true for another point that has been discussed in some of the reviews: use of modern language in the stories. I realize now that the modern language only bothered me when it crept into the narrative itself. Since most of the narrative is in a more formal voice, this "ragged edge" could also be taken care of in a re-edit. With these two caveats, I'd have given the entire series a 5-star.
In spite of the minor blemishes, Mr. Ashling delivers a brilliantly executed story that I will probably reread at some point. Five stars for the outstanding story-telling and character development, as well as the intricate and intelligent plotting throughout.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Beautiful, "realistic" fairy tale (not because it wasn't set in a fairy-tale universe, but because the characters and emotions were very real) about t...moreBeautiful, "realistic" fairy tale (not because it wasn't set in a fairy-tale universe, but because the characters and emotions were very real) about two young men who grew up together in an orphanage. Definitely not a traditional telling of a fairy tale, with the menage element added, or the hot sex scenes, but the sentiments are reminiscent of the stories I read as a little girl (and dreamed about). My eyes were definitely NOT dry when I read the sweet ending (and I don't generally cry at stories, which is a testament to Amy's craft). A sweet story without being sappy, and one that I'll be rereading again, I'm sure!
MILD SPOILERS:(view spoiler)[Hammer has always kept Eirn (Air) safe, but it isn't until the two boys are nearly ready to leave the orphanage where they grew up together that they realize they are meant to be together as a couple. On the run after Hammer defends Eirn's honor, they find themselves in a magical cottage where, for the first time, they are comfortable and feel safe.
At this point, the story introduces a menage element, with a third character who I won't go into much detail about (don't want to spoil it), but the character is not used to drive a wedge between the two lovers, only to deepen their relationship. The resolution of this relationship is central to the book's plot, and quite lovely. (hide spoiler)]
Told in the first-person narrative of Eirn, the story is sweet and poignant. I loved the second to the last line of the story, "Every dream I ever had as a child has come true, simply because Hammer loved me." And that is the strength and the beauty of this sweet book - the undying love of two men for each other, come what may.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
As always with Andrew Ashling, an intense read. Mr. Ashling has an uncanny knack for creating complex characters who you really want to hate, but you...moreAs always with Andrew Ashling, an intense read. Mr. Ashling has an uncanny knack for creating complex characters who you really want to hate, but you can't help but be drawn to. In this first of a series (no, there is no real resolution in this first novel), the author creates a universe that could be drawn from our medieval history and which involves complex, canny political gamesmanship. I have to admit that it took me a number of chapters to get into the story, and I was tempted to put it down once or twice, but I'm glad I stuck it out in the end. The last three or four chapters of the book are some of the best I've read in this genre for their emotional impact and the way in which they dealt with a very difficult topic.
Without going into depth to explain the plot, a complicated political drama involving the King of Ximerion and his four sons, the action in this installment of the series centers around two half-brothers, Anaxantis and Ehandar. The princes are sent to the far reaches of the kingdom, to a region in which a border kingdom threatens to invade. They are given almost no troops or means of protecting themselves - the King wants to see what they are made of and, seeing as they are the two youngest of his sons, the King isn't terribly worried about their futures.
Not sure if you'd call this a spoiler, so I'll hide it, just in case.(view spoiler)[Anaxantis is the youngest, not even 16 at the beginning of the story. He has been in love with Ehandar for some time, but Ehandar cares little for him. When Ehandar, in a drunken rage, does the unthinkable to his little brother, Anaxantis is determined to take his revenge. But revenge weighs heavily on Anaxantis as he strives to discover his place in the world. The relationship between the two brothers is the focal point of this book, and it is a tortured and painful one. My heart broke at the end of the book, when Anaxantis reveals his innermost thoughts and agony to his best friend. (hide spoiler)]
I would have rated this wonderful book an unhesitating 5 stars, but for a few complaints. First, the exposition is very slow and it took me more than half of the book before I felt that I connected with the characters (the reason I almost gave up on it a few times). That said, when I did connect with Ehandar and Anaxantis, I did so thoroughly and I have no doubt that I'll be reading the rest of the series.
Also, there are a number of editing "misses" that were distracting and could have easily been fixed before publication (use of "it's" instead of "its" throughout for the possessive form stood out as the most glaring example). These editing problems took something away from Mr. Ashling's excellent (and intelligent) writing. I had the same gripe with the last book I read of his, as well.
I've read some of the other reviews for the book, and I have to say that I had some misgivings about the modern language in the book in the context of this medieval society. To me, this was mostly because the language felt "uneven." In parts of the book, the language is quite formal, but at other times, it is overtly colloquial, 21st century speech (as in "hey, guys!"). Otherwise, I probably would not have noticed the modern speech at all. Again, better editing probably would have helped smooth this out.
These relatively small complaints aside, Mr. Ashling's writing can be overwhelmingly (and wonderfully) emotional at times, and I've read few other authors who can create such wonderfully complex characters. I highly recommend the series to anyone who enjoys fantasy along the lines of King Arthur and The Lord of the Rings.
NOTE: Rating updated 11/6/12 to reflect Mr. Ashling's edit of the original version.
Sweet fantasy tale about a construction worker who wanders into an "oasis" - sort of an alternate universe - in L.A. while on a job. Well-w...moreRating: 3.5
Sweet fantasy tale about a construction worker who wanders into an "oasis" - sort of an alternate universe - in L.A. while on a job. Well-written and imaginative, but didn't strike the same "romantic" chord as "Special Delivery" did with me. This may have been because the whole fantasy explanation supplanted the romance in spots. Enjoyable read, though.
MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:(view spoiler)[Hal is a definitely-in-the-closet construction worker who has fled his Midwestern home hoping to find a different vibe to his life and run away from his deep-seated Catholic guilt over his sexual preferences. He works at a construction site and sees a strange building wink in and out of existence. He leaves the site, determined to forget about the bizarre things he's seen, only to be pulled into an alternative universe fantasy world by a strange woman/fox creature who urges him to find "Morgan."
Morgan, it turns out, is a rare form of shape-shifter who creates the space around himself - the oasis. But Morgan is being held captive of an evil being who thrives on giving his victims as much of their own pain as he can. Hal falls for Morgan, and is caught up in the strange world. As the title implies, he must become Morgan's "hero" to save the beautiful shifter. (hide spoiler)]
For me, especially coming on the heels of reading "Special Delivery," which I rank as my all-time sexiest M/M slash novel (*fans self*), this novella was a bit of a disappointment. The sex scenes didn't rise to the level of that later work, and the love that develops between the men is a bit rushed (although, to be fair, that's part of the fantasy itself). But I'd have liked more explanation of the emotions involved. Still, it's a fun, relatively-quick read, and as always, it's well-edited and cleanly written, which is why I've rounded up to a 4-star here.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Okay, so I'm a total pushover for sexy men with long hair, sword and sorcery fantasy, and demon sex! I admit it. I also admit that, although I actuall...moreOkay, so I'm a total pushover for sexy men with long hair, sword and sorcery fantasy, and demon sex! I admit it. I also admit that, although I actually own both English volumes of Ayano Yamane's yaoi fantasy series, I've also read all of the on line translations and I'm dying for the next installment! These books actually inspired me to begin work on a new M/M slash fantasy story, "Who Rules the King's Heart," still a WIP. That's how much I adore them. My favorite yaoi manga series ever, without a doubt!
VERY, VERY MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:(view spoiler)[Prince Vald ("Bald" in this translation, I think - why, I'm not sure) uses a cursed sword to save his kingdom. What does he get in return? Cursed. And thank God for that, because he turns into the sexiest demon with an insatiable sexual appetite. Except that he has no idea; he never remembers anything in his demon form. He flees the kingdom in search of someone to break the spell. Enter the world's sexiest (and self-absorbed) wizard, Havi. Havi thinks a bit, decides he might get the sword or something more valuable in the bargain, and Vald and Havi partner to help Vald.
Their first night together, Havi decides to remove the magical cuffs (handcuffs, anyone?) Vald wears to see what happens. Bingo! Instant sexy demon. Havi, hands full (no pun intended, yet), decides that the demon just needs a little loving, I mean "exercise," and we have several incredibly hot pages of dub-con sex that has to be the sexiest ever in yaoi manga! Eventually, Havi falls for the unsuspecting Vald and, at least later in the series, Vald begins to fall, as well. (hide spoiler)]
I adore Ayano Yamane's art, and the story is so incredibly hot, it makes my palms sweat (even after the upteen-millionth time through). Volume I is relatively easy to come by. Good luck finding Volume II - I won't even admit to how much I paid for it! There are twenty or more some-odd chapters available on line in translation. Not sure why it takes so long to get them translated and in book form. Hands-down my favorite Japanese yaoi manga ever!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is the first of the Warder series, and it's a sweet series, in spite of the grim supernatural universe in which the characters live. I personally...moreThis is the first of the Warder series, and it's a sweet series, in spite of the grim supernatural universe in which the characters live. I personally preferred this installment to the second, Tooth & Nail, probably because I loved Ryan. Cool, in control, on top of his game, to see his hidden, needy side was a nice contrast.
VERY MILD SPOILERS:(view spoiler)[Without going deeply into the plot here, suffice it to say that "Warders" are demon-killers who protect the world we know, but we "normal" humans are unaware of their existence. In order to carry out their gruesome work, they need to recharge. Unfortunately, if they recharge by having sex with someone with whom they are not a "match," they tend to drain their partner. Add to that a need for a Warder to bond with someone: a "Hearth." As in "home and hearth," the place where your heart can rest. A Warder will not drain his Hearth - they are yin/yang. But finding a Hearth is not an easy thing, either.
Each installment of the series (or at least, of the two I've now read), involves a Warder finding his Hearth. Each can be read independently, although this first installment has a bit more background which you might choose to read first. (hide spoiler)]
The stories are well-written and surprisingly sweet. That said, my only hesitation in giving this an unconditional 5-star is that I wanted more: more background and more world-building. I wanted to know more about how Warders are chosen and indoctrinated. I wanted to know more about the organization that supports them. More, more, more! Which is, I suppose, a testament to the appeal of the universe Ms. Calmes has created. I hope that future installments will have more of these elements to satisfy my curiosity and I look forward to reading more!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I'm not sure who writes sexy captor/captive stuff better than J.C. Owens, and this book was no exception. Gorgeous winged men, hot love scenes, angst,...moreI'm not sure who writes sexy captor/captive stuff better than J.C. Owens, and this book was no exception. Gorgeous winged men, hot love scenes, angst, mid-air fights...who could go wrong? My favorite J.C. Owens so far is The Emperor's Wolf, but this is a close second. Sexy, yummy (is that redundant?), well-written. J.C.'s stories are my low-cal ice-cream sundaes...
MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW: (view spoiler)[Anyar is a young Melanian soldier, assigned to a unit that meets with the enemy Nazarians. He catches the eye (and the lust) of the Nazarian Envoy, Vanyae, who is also the Nazarian prince. Vanyae has plans to capture the powerful Melanian commander and decides to take along another hostage, to ensure the commander's cooperation. Who does he pick? You got it. Anyar is beautiful, strong, and open-minded, and Vanyae desires him to the exclusion of everything else.
Vanyae takes Anyar as his slave, and a dub-con relationship ensues - Anyar agreeing to submit to Vanyae to protect his commander. As expected from the genre, Anyar falls for his captor, and Vanyae falls for his slave. But what future is there in a life lived as a slave? And how can Anyar justify his submission, to the detriment of his own people? Yes, without spoiling it, we have a HEA, after war nearly breaks out. (hide spoiler)]
J.C. Owen's books are well-written and very sexy. That said, this book isn't groundbreaking, but it is was so much fun to read, I didn't care at all. Wonderful, yummy, fluffiness at its best.