Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hidden Heart

Title: Hidden Heart
Author: Thom Lane
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-892-1
Genre: {M/M} BDSM Fantasy Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Tiffin had no recollection of his past. His present and future have been spelt out clearly to him. He is a slave boy. The brand on his arm and collar around his neck make that clear to everyone around him, as does his state of undress. Being sold to a fortress that none have a kind word to speak of doesn’t make his life seem as if it will get better. But meeting Sergeant Zander adds hope to his dismal existence. Tiffin is prepared to do what is necessary to stay on his Sergeant’s good side, but his past holds something dark that could ruin Tiffin’s chances at the Sergeant and bring about a quick demise. What is a slave boy to do?

Hidden Heart is Thom Lane’s latest installment in the Tales of Amaranth series. Tiffin’s tale made me ache for him. While, for the most part, he took his predicament as well as could be expected, there were those brief moments where his grief could not be batted away like an annoying fly.

What I’ve come to see in the men who claim these slaves is that while they may not be all candy and roses, they have a deep desire to claim and protect what is theirs. They try to work within the rules set forth by the classes when they deal with their lovers, but make it clear that they care for them. Sergeant Zander is no different. While his occupation, appearance and background are different from the past men, his desire to protect his lover is the same. He seemed to fight the attraction a great deal less and was unwilling to let Tiffin slip through his fingers.

I’ve come to enjoy reading these tales. They aren’t your average love story. You have to look within the characters to see the connection and appreciate the bonds that are formed.

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