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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Three Horsemen of the Black Forest by Scarlet Hyacinth



The Three Horsemen of the Black Forest by Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: M/M/M/M, Ménage
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Vassili's ailing mother gave him a toy soldier meant to help him during difficult times, and Vassili needs all the help he can get. When his father remarries, Vassili's new stepmother and brothers do their best to make his life miserable.

Determined to be rid of Vassili, his cruel step brothers send him into Baba Yaga's Black Forest. But with the help of his mother's gift, Vassili avoids death at the hands of an evil witch, and instead discovers love in the arms of three mysterious horsemen, Deni, Sonta, and Noci.

When Vassili's mortality keeps him from being with his otherworldly horsemen, can he find a way to stay with his lovers for all time?

The Three Horsemen of the Black Forest combines elements Cinderella with Hansel and Gretel and perhaps a few other well known fairy tales with a very naughty twist.

Vassili is the main character who has to deal with a less than ideal home life after his perfect and loving one falls apart. He has a secret that is his salvation and must guard it against all odds. His character is quite innocent and trusting for the most part, almost to the point of being naïve. However, that seemingly weak persona for a guy is actually his strength.

This story fleshes out the secondary characters only to the point of illustrating a point or element about Vassili. You get enough sense of who has a villainous intent which then helps the reader understand what happens next and Vassili’s subsequent reaction gives more depth to his character.

My only pause comes from the thought that Vassili was too easily accepting of the novel sexual sensation he found himself in. I never got the sense he was awakened sexually one way or the other and to jump right in one hundred percent in what has to be, even for that time and place, an extreme relationship dynamic, was a bit much for me to accept. On the other hand, this is a sensual fantasy fairy tale where magical and unusual happenings are to be expected. And, the man action is incredibly well written, so much so that it had me fanning myself from the heat of it.

The Three Horsemen of the Black Forest is sure to appeal to those readers who enjoy unique twists on well known fairy tales flavored with a bit of sauce, spice and hunky male loving. And for those who always felt that Cinderella’s step-siblings should have been made to toe the line at some point, readers will be in for a treat in this book. It’s pretty cool.

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