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A Most Personal Property

(Ganymede Quartet #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  44 reviews
In the heat of August 1900, Henry Blackwell—rich, handsome, and painfully shy—anticipates the purchase of his companion slave, that most personal of properties, with equal parts excitement and dread. There are limits to what a gentleman might do with his slave and still remain a gentleman, and what Henry craves goes far beyond what’s allowed.

Martin, a slave from House Gan
ebook, 460 pages
Published September 24th 2014 by 3H Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Warning: Only read this book if you are absolutely okay with reading LOTS of on page sex between two 16 year old boys, one of which is a personal slave to the other. If you are not cool with that, stop right now!

Woah, this book was a hot read! While I don't read any books that have underage teens having sex with of age adults, I seem to make exceptions for books where both MCs are of the same age. And while this was a slave fic, I don't think anyone reading it would call what happen between Henr
This YA series is so SWEET but it has also lots of sex. You be warned.

I loved the setting, the characters, the pudor, the liberation, the boldness... They go to school, to the arcade, to the park. They go with their bikes, their horses, their carriage... It's all quite mundane (in a rich man's world money IS funny) and their experiences together (firsts or not) are lovely to see. AU in New York City, 1900. Slavery is legal. Etiquette and protocol are a religion.

Henry has a comfortable life. He d
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
4.5 Hearts, Stars, Flowers, Clovers Too!

I read YA!!!

Well, what really happened was I saw the word 'slave', my pupils dilated and that's all I have to say about that. I regret nothing. This book was right up my alley. The alley labeled slavefic. Slavefic set during The Gilded Age? Yes ma'am.

One of my favorite movies (and books) of all time is Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. I like it because it’s so deliberate and meticulous in its pomp and circumstance. Everyone with any social standing ha
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica-fantasy, fr
Love unexpected.
A man of their class without a companion might as well be no gentleman at all.

This story is interesting for the premise alone, an AU Gilded Age, New York slavery tale. It is the details that make this more than a historical coming of age story. Excellent sense of time: household servants and duties, serial subscriptions with adventure tales popular at the turn of the century, amusements and concession stand offerings all nailed.

Henry and Martin are both very easy to love as
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet, romantic story. Different from other slave stories, but I think that's because of Henry; the other masters seem to have more typical relationships with their slaves. My favorite parts of the story involved just Henry and Martin, though. The other boys mostly made me angry with their attitudes and sense of entitlement.

There is a lot of build up and sexual tension as Henry wrestles with his desires and his fears. Poor Martin, we don't get his POV this time, but we are shown hints of his fee
Leta Blake
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that left you walking around for weeks in a daze of daydreaming about the characters? Have you ever read a book that tempted you to write fanfiction for the universe because you just couldn't let it go? Have you read a universe so thoroughly realized that you just want to roll around in it for ages? This book (series, really) was all of that for me and more.

It hasn't been since Ginn Hale's Rifter series that I've been so taken with characters and their world. I have spe
This was a great read, very sweet! OK so the first half of this book is all about setting up Henry and Martin's friendship and their desire for each other, which is very evident both ways but not acted upon due to Henry's fear of being found out as a queer. Ok so honestly this was a long book and the first half had very very little sex and i know its terrible but that usually loses my interest after a while, but for some reason i couldn't stop reading, i just wanted to see what awkward or confro ...more
Amy Spector
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, the MCs? Sixteen. Sex? Oh, like constantly.

Okay, deep breath. Ignore the age, age them up, pretend it's dog years. Whatever gets you past it.

Perhaps just shake it off because it's only a book.

This was a great read. Just as the first book, I really loved the alternate 1900 world.

I think I might have enjoyed this more because I had read A Superior Slave but at the same time I might have liked it less because of it. Here is why - this story is told from Henry's prospective, and while
Veronica of V's Reads
I loved this book.

I read the FREE prequel, A SUPERIOR SLAVE, and adored Martin, the Top Boy of all the Ganymede Companion slaves up for sale in August 1900. (See my review here.) It oriented me to the alternate reality/Historical world in which these books are set.

In Martin's world, rich people buy slaves for their pubescent children to use as sex surrogates. So, a wealthy boy of sixteen would go to an auction of male Companions. He would purchase one who would become his valet, and trusted lif
***happy sigh***
This book was simply amazing and has rocketed to my favourites list. (Real life was put on hold as I lost myself in the pages of 'A Most Personal Property').

I loved the pace of the story and the slow build up, depicting the social awkwardness as the main characters develop an understanding and appreciation of each other and a growing trust. Exploring the intricacies of first love and coming of age this is a really sweet and joyful novel. At the same time is the paradox of a worl
Warning: the characters are 16 years old and there is very very descriptive sex scene in the story. If that is not a trigger for you, take my word, this story is brilliant.

4,75 stars

It would have been a five star read for me, but I was a teeny bit annoyed with the eventual sex scenes since they we really excessive towards the end. Loved the slow build up. Really interesting world building, lovely set of characters and interesting study of morality. Definitely I will be reading the rest of the se
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ganymede
I received this story as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Five stars for the first book in this promising series.

The story is told from Henry’s point of view. A boy of means who, when he turns 16, has reached the age to have his own companion slave. The story begins at the auction where he sets his sights on Martin, the superior slave of the elite House of Ganymede. The freebie prequel A Superior Slave describes Martin’s journey to the auction, a must read as it will give you insight int
Oct 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
A Most Personal Property was not what I was expecting. I knew it was set in an earlier time (1900), featured slaves and would undoubtedly include m/m sex. What I didn't expect was it to focus on two 16 year old boys instead of adults. I also didn't expect scene after scene of (boring for Henry, the main character, and me) family life and many pages of Henry eating and being at school.

Henry, the son of a rich, self made man, is getting his personal slave as is the custom entering the 11th year of
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the continuation of the story, this time told from Henry's POV. He is a shy young man with a domineering father, a sickly mother, and a much younger sister. At 16 he is about to get his own companion. He wants this merely because all of his friends will be getting one. Once he does, he is afraid of what his slave will think of him if he exposes his desires.
Henry finally relents and from then on barely leaves his room. There are some family issues and conflicts with his schoolmates. His s
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read a little historical & fantasy, but nothing of this type. And let me tell you...Darrah did a fabulous job of writing about this era and these two boys. From their styles, to their personalities, and their hearts.
Martin and Henry are fabulous characters. They each have their own unique "wondering" of what will happen next. Henry is unsure of how he should handle things, all the while Martin is trying to help him in all the ways he is allowed to. When they finally get into the groove t
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars for the whole series - 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4 & 4.5. Each book was not robust enough to stand on its own nor receive an individual rating.

Coming of age slave fic set in 1900 AU. The story was told mostly through the limited view of a naive, unsocialized, emotionally neglected, over indulged, gay, 16 year old boy Henry. Important events were also depicted by Martin, Henry's personal slave. The writing style was almost in diary format. The time line was very slow in each installment an
Ivory Huo
Nov 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
From my blog:

Reading romance can be kind of a minefield for a person with a strong sense of social justice. People have a lot of fantasies about things that just aren't actually very pleasant, and sometimes it's hard to know where to draw the line between fantasy and reality. I love it when authors feel the same way and push the boundaries, exploring the issues and playing with difficult relationship situations, so some of my favorite romances have been slavefic. On the other hand, a lot of my l
Crystal Marie
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After finishing book 0.5 A Superior Slave, I jumped very quickly into this book. I was shocked a bit when I started it because this book is told from Henry’s POV, unlike A Superior Slave which was told from Martin’s. However, after reading this book, I do believe that Glass did a great job at having this book from Henry’s view point because there was so much going on that was about HIM, that if it was told from Martin’s view point, we would have missed so much.

It was very interesting the world
4 stars for the entire series, 3 stars for this first portion

Fascinating because of the disparity between cultural acceptance, and the MC Henry's strong morality and desires.

The MC: Truly, I loved Henry. He was just so vivid and endearing. He's not driven or very much intelligent, but kind and passionate. He's great because he's not perfect in so many ways, and yet lovable all the same.
The pairing: Very believable. They complemented each other, or at least fit together well. Their affection was
Joyfully Jay
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Oh, this story is so good and Darrah Glass has created just an amazing world here! The story is set in the 1900s in an alternate New York City. It is an usual time period for historicals and I really enjoyed experiencing the time where horses still filled Central Park, but phones and indoor plumbing were also available. The book really highlights the time period nicely, while at the same time giving us this alternative world where slavery is commonplace and young
Normally I write very few book reviews, but I absolutely had to write one for A Most Personal Property. I stumbled across this by accident as Ms. Glass offered the first novella in the series as a freebie on Amazon. Martin's story was so interesting and I just had to read the next book. Martin, what can I say about Martin, he's so good, hardworking, humble, almost pure in his hopes for the future. Henry is such a contrast, but yet I liked him very much also. I really thought what a realistic por ...more
Jules Lovestoread
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Most Personal Property is a deeply romantic and charming story." - See my full review at ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the world of this book. Everything is very well crafted and fleshed out. There is...well...there is a LOT of sex in this book. It's a good read and worth picking up. I would read A Superior Slave first, however. ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Alternate universe in the 1900's where it's acceptable for people to own commpanion slaves, of the same gender, for sexual use and companionship. At the age of 16, as a sign of maturity, boys get a male slave to take care of but really all they do is have sex with them because they are horney teenagers and it doesn't matter that they are male, a hole is just a hole. Henry feels different, he constanly dreams of being with another boy. Martin is beautiful and accomplished in school, music and spo ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
Hmm...well if you asked me about this book before about the 75% mark, I would have professed a great affection. Up till that point there is some really great tension going on between the two MCs. Lots of 'I want to lick every inch of your skin but if I do I will never stop so I much not even touch you' going on. It was great.

But once the slowburn was done with, and the characters finally get on with the sexing, it, well, gets a bit boring.

All the tension in this books seems to come from the fac
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
To misquote Dickens: It was the best of books. It was the worst of books. On the one hand, Glass has constructed a wonderful alternate history and I'd gladly give her five stars for the richly detailed world and believable characters. On the other hand, I'd have to give the actual story line two stars, because it's hard to even find the story. What plot there is is buried alive under an avalanche of extra background details.

I've read the first two books of the series, and the problem continues.
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
M/M. This book was different, set in the turn of the 19th century in New York where apparently most young, affluent boys were given personal slaves to do with as they pleased (mostly valet services, but yes, the steamy stuff too sometimes). The main problem in reading the book was that it took forever for anything to happen. I started to nod off waiting for something even remotely emotional or exciting to occur. When it did (about the 60% mark) it seemed to immediately go back to its slow, plodd ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, m-m
This was odd. It didn't actually hit any slavefic kinks, really, and the power dynamics part was basically completely unexplored -- our hero has always wanted a slave who could be his equal lover -- nor is there the slightest hint that anyone thinks they should bring down the system. So strange. I started wondering at about 90% of the way through when the big reveal that the slave didn't really wuv his master would come (because, uh, dub con?), but no, no realization that maybe there was anythin ...more
Ravon Silvius
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love sexual tension and this book had it in spades! I also love how well-written and believable Henry is. I am very curious to see where the series will go.

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