Friday, November 11, 2011

The Nobleman and the Knave

Title: The Nobleman and the Knave
Author: Pelaam
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
ISBN: 9781920501198
Genre: {M/M} Historical
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Timon’s plan to spend a quiet evening at home was interrupted by his soon-to-be brother-in-law Sir Jocelyn’s closest friends.  Taking a carriage, they travel to a squalid area near the harbor, delivering the three men at the door of a bawdy house.  Escorted to a back room, Timon is outraged to see an exotic young man’s chained naked body displayed openly, a beauty who is destined to become a sex slave for Jocelyn. 

The Nobleman and the Knave has an engaging plot that lives up to the title.  The setting is an island in the Caribbean.  The character personalities are exceptionally convincing.  Timon is an honorable, compassionate man.  The family’s fortune has gone from a life of wealth to the appearance of wealth for Timon and his sister Leah, after the death of their father.  Leah is a vain, heartless young woman, whose only concern is her social status.  Equally heartless is the ruthless, manipulative, selfish Jocelyn, who uses marriage as protection to hide his true sexuality.    

Agapito is the slave rescued by Timon and like Timon, Agapito is honorable as well as very passionate. Timon and Agapito experience true love at first sight.  They spend stolen moments expressing their incredibly sensual love along with strengthening the bond comparable to a marriage between them.  In Agapito’s homeland, same sex displays of affection and marriage is perfectly acceptable as well as legal. 

Pelaam has created a superb saga illustrating an excellent blend of egotistical corruption, mayhem, in addition to an emotionally inspiring gallantry that I enjoyed immensely.

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