Monday, September 21, 2009

Client Privileges

Title: Client Privileges
Author: Maia Strong
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60370-798-5
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Jonas Vaneau is a in-the-closet gay man who becomes a client of a brothel. Because of his strict upbringing, Jonas is plagued by shame which constrains his visiting such an establishment. After several attempts, Jonas makes the difficult decision to actually go in.

Micah Hartshorn is the professional who services Jonas. Being a prostitute in a brothel is a perfectly legal occupation. Although he services both men and women, he prefers men, and especially Jonas. Micah’s ethics, as well as his self respect, is obvious, his personality appealing.

This is a romance set in a fantasy world that bears a resemblance to the regency period, yet the issues are real world. Jonas works for the law courts and lives mostly in accordance to his parent’s unbending wishes, going to Sabbath dinners at their home every week and meeting numerous potential brides. When he meets Micah, there is an immediate attraction between them that continues to grow into love. However, political turmoil with new laws adds peril to their careers and possibly their lives.

Client Privileges is an imaginative and tender love story with a happy-for-now ending. Maia Strong’s storyline is impressive with an extensive setting, detailing daily life’s social interactions as well as expressively heart-warming and honorable characters. The theme of the story is a world where most of society is equal in their acceptance of gays; the small numbers of bigots are on a mission to convert everyone to their views and implement a hidden agenda by manipulating the laws emphasizing religious interpretation as a basis. Although I was somewhat perplexed by some of the words and phrases, the overall plot is admirable. I enjoyed the realistic issues illustrated.

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