Monday, November 28, 2011

Slave Master's Choice

Title: Slave Master's Choice
Author: Kimberly Gardner
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-61118-656-7
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Alejandro awakens in pure agony. He fought to open his eyes but the struggle proved far too great. Alejandro is the only survivor amongst a group of six Loralean soldiers attacked while on a spy mission in the hostile kingdom of Inemor. After days spent recovering with the aid of a healer, Alejandro attempts to journey home when he is captured and delivered to the palace to be trained as a pleasure slave for the King. The sensual touches he receives from slave master Kedmund has Alejandro rapidly falling in love with his trainer. 

Kimberly Gardner's Slave Master's Choice has an engaging action, suspenseful plot with an intriguing historical setting. The plot implies sex is the main theme, however, there are very few actual sex scenes illustrated. Inemor is an open-minded kingdom, which maintains a harem of male pleasure slaves in the palace. The characters are especially creditable. Holding a position of authority over the slave quarters, Kedmund is very much a surprise. He is an exceptionally compassionate man, who does not take advantage of the slaves or servants. However, Kedmund’s position is the source of jealousy, as well as prejudice in others. Alejandro is an honorable man trapped in a nightmare. Alejandro does not object to having sex with men; in fact he prefers male intimacy. It is the loss of freedom and the weapons to defend himself that plagues Alejandro.  

Though the story has, to some extent, a cliffhanger happy-for-the-moment ending, I thoroughly enjoyed Slave Master's Choice.

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