Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Temple of Skanda


Title: The Temple of Skanda
Author: Roland Graeme
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-168-6
Genre: {M/M} {M/M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Conor O’Malley was doing his best to dance his cares away when he stepped off the edge of the dance floor and sprained his ankle. As it turned out, this was the best thing that could have happened to Conor. A homeless ex-con and working dead-end part-time jobs, Conor was thrilled when the doctor referred him to Murray De Souza, who was looking for help with his import business. Not only did Murray offer Conor a job, but room and board. After months of living together in the same household, Murray finally expressed a sexual interest in Conor, much to Conor’s delight since Conor had already grown to love Murray.

The Temple of Skanda is a fascinating story with a wealth of cultural history surrounding the myths of religious deities in India. The plot is moving. The characters are believable. There are emotional episodes that add a sense of balance to the storyline. The numerous intimate encounters illustrate Conor and Murray’s outlook relating to shared sexual pleasures. Murray had been in a long term relationship and he was still suffering from his recent break-up when he hired Conor to work in the warehouse. Murray imports religious statues from India.

Obscured in misery, Murray is still a hardworking, considerate man. Conor is friendly, laid back as well as working hard to turn his life around. Conor is attempting to avoid making mistakes that will send him back to prison. Before meeting Murray, Conor viewed casual sex as a part of life. Conor did not expect to fall in love, or wish for a committed relationship. Taking a business trip to India was a spiritual revelation for both Murray and Conor, establishing their budding relationship into a long lasting bond of trust.

Roland Graeme has created an impressive saga with captivating religious overtones. I thoroughly enjoyed The Temple of Skanda.

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