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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Double Time: Rock and a Hard Place by Kate Hill

Double Time: Rock and a Hard Place by Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (96 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, Dubious Consent, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

On Alpha Island men sell their flesh through prostitution or gladiatorial matches. Brothers Iron and Rock have almost earned enough in the arena to buy their freedom. When tragedy strikes during a match, Rock refuses to fight again, even if it means staying on Alpha Island forever.

Accidentally transported to the planet Amazurn, Earth women Geri and Dee thought all they wanted was to return home, until they fell in love with the sexy twin gladiators. Tender yet powerful Rock has claimed Geri's heart and fiery Iron is Dee's perfect match. The women must choose between their home world and love.

When Rock and Iron are invited by the Queen of Amazurn to participate in a gladiatorial challenge with freedom as the prize, they have a chance for a new life with their lovers. But the competition is fierce and rather than gaining their freedom, the brothers might lose their lives.

This second Double Time book continues where the first left off.

Geri and Dee are settling in on Amazurn, with their gladiator men Rock and Iron. Geri still has issues from her past to deal with, but she is making progress. Geri has never been comfortable with the fighting Rock and Iron do as gladiators, but she accepts that it is the only way they can earn their freedom. But when tragedy strikes during one of their bouts, Rock loses the desire to fight and retires. Even though they have almost enough to buy their freedom, Iron knows they will never leave Alpha Island if Rock and he don’t fight at least one last fight -- one they're invited by the queen to participate in.

Can Rock and Iron triumph over the best Amazurn has to offer? Will Geri and Dee make the right choice? Will these two couples finally get the happy ever after they deserve?

I love that Geri continues to grow and get stronger emotionally, and is ready to let Rock fully into her heart. I really enjoy reading about this couple; Geri so hesitant at first because of her past, and Rock with a sensitive side that the public doesn’t get to see.

Dee has decided to go for what she wants as well, and what she wants is Iron. These two have so much in common; both are fighters and athletes, and Dee is one of very few to get past Iron’s fa├žade of strong and silent strongman.

The devotion between the two brothers is amazing to see: as twins, there is a special connection and we see how much Rock means to his brother when Rock is poisoned in a fight. The things Iron does to secure the antidote for Rock are above and beyond brotherly love.

Do these two couples find a way to get off of Amazurn? Do they get their happy ever afters? I recommend that you read both Double Time books to get the whole story. Beware, this one is a darker read, but well worth it in the end.

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