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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Silk and Steel by Lindsay Townsend

Silk and Steel by Lindsay Townsend
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

Decimus buys beautiful, red-headed Corinna from Silvinus Cato, a nominal Christian and her cold Roman master. Corinna, also a Christian, is terrified to be sold to a hired killer but finds Decimus to be an honorable, caring man--and overwhelmingly sexy.

Their lovemaking introduces her to passion she has never known before, and love-spanking that she finds deeply erotic. Happy for the first time in her life, she is horrified when her former master, Silvinus Cato, comes to Decimus' house with devastating information. Decimus, whom she is beginning to care for deeply, has killed Joseph, the holy man who converted her to Christianity. Silvinus Cato says she must be like Judith in the Bible and kill Decimus in his sleep. Corinna is appalled and suspicious. Why does Silvinus Cato want Decimus dead? And what should she do?

What happens when you’re ripped from the life you know and thrown into a world you don’t understand? And what if you fall for the one person you should fear? You’d better read Silk and Steel to find out more.

Ms. Townsend writes an interesting historical. Many try to write about Ancient Rome and end up with fantasy stories. This isn’t one of them. The attention to detail keeps the reader locked in the story from page one. You feel for the characters and want to see them find happiness.

Decimus is a great hero. He’s a conquering gladiator. He kills for a living, but underneath his tough exterior lies the heart of a softie. Although he owns Corinna, he wants the best for her. His thoughts are for her, above his own—and it’s very sexy.

Corinna, though she’s been around the block and acts sheltered at the same time, is a unique heroine. She wants to please him, but she’s scared of him. I like that the trust is built through the story.

And sex scenes? This story is packed with them, but not just run-of-the-the mill scenes. These scenes scorch. I’m not much for spanking, but I felt her passion for him and his desire to please her.

My only issue? I want to see more! This has the potential to be a longer story and could be more powerful. It’s great as-is, but I want to know more.

If you want a steamy short story for a cool winter night, then you need to grab a copy of Silk and Steel. I give this novella 4 cherries.

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