Friday, March 7, 2008

The Mercenary's Tale

Book Title: The Mercenary's Tale
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-59632-634-7
Genre: Historical, GBLT
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Lord Drake is a mercenary. When he meets Ansel for the first time he is immediately attracted to him and waives his usual rule of not training young men to become mercenaries because so many have died in battle while under his care.

He and Ansel travel together to the next battle and, as expected, they fall in love. Neither man has ever had a gay encounter before so the sex between them is hot, fresh and new. Drake is the initiator or ‘top’ whenever they have sex and they cannot get enough of each other. It’s as if they are the only people in the world. Their very last time together, they make love and blow each other away with tenderness the night before they go into battle at Foray. The lovemaking is moving and sensuous as they try to store up memories that will last a lifetime, just in case.

When Ansel loses his life at Foray the setting, as expected, is poignant, moving and sad. Drake searches for him on the battlefield among the bodies of men and horses, and he eventually finds Ansel as he lay dying next to his horse. When it is all over Drake cannot bear to leave him and holds his lover in his arms for hours afterwards. This scene was really heartrending.

For 2 years after Ansel’s death, Drake spirals into depression and alcoholism, only working to get money to drink himself into oblivion. Then his old friend Jackson offers him a job as Master of Arms for the Duke of Marden. This new chapter heralds a significant change in the direction of Drake’s life and fortunes. He opens his heart to a new love - Logan, Duke of Marden.

The Mercenary’s Tale can actually be viewed as two stories covering the evolution of Lord Drake, and it is one of the most delightful books that I have read in a while. The language and dress are true to the era, and the author, Lynn Lorenz, should be commended for making the book as historically accurate as possible within the confines of a work of fiction. This is a very violent and bloody story due to the subject matter and time period, and may not be for the faint of heart.

I highly recommend this fabulous book as one that anyone would be proud to have on their bookshelves. Well done!


Lara Stephens said...

I LOVED this book - it was my first man/man erotica and I fell in love with the characters!

jessewave said...

Hi Lara
If you loved this one you will really enjoy the next book in the series Jackson's Pride. See my review on the blog.