Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drawing the Veil

Title: Drawing the Veil
Author: Stevie Woods
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-190-1
Genre: {M/M} Historical Erotic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

The day pirates captured Malik’s ship was the day he began lessons in life on cruelty and survival. Fate altered his happy existence into one full of regrets. The hard life he learns to endure, the pain he must suffer and the love he loses unites and ultimately creates the captain Ocean Pearl persona.

Drawing the Veil is the prequel to Beyond the Veil. Watching this tale unfold through Malik’s eyes, we glimpse his first experience with love and the crushing reality of his impending future. The story starts at a fast pace and maintains it until the very end. After reading Malik’s plight, I could finally understand his crass behavior when I first met him in Beyond the Veil. That he was capable of love after so much pain and heartache demonstrated his strength of mind and spirit. There is some disturbing subject matter that lays the foundation to the Malik we will later meet, so be forewarned when the blurb says “forced” it truly means that for all intent purposes. The author weaves themes of love and the importance of friendship throughout this tale. Stevie Woods delivered a heart-wrenching tale for those who wanted Malik’s story.


Stevie Woods said...

Thank you for such a thoughtful review. I didn't really know how folk would react to the necessary content when I was asked for Malik's story!

Scandalous Minx said...

I'll admit it was difficult reading Malik's story. He just endured so much. Would I change a thing about his adventure, no because everyone's life isn't roses and chocolate. You're welcome Stevie.