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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov & Kate Cotoner

The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Novella
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Review by: Anemone

Squire William Raven has only one goal—to finally receive his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns from a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.

After Sir Robert's return, noble guests arrive from France, bringing intrigue to the castle. William is oblivious to the politics, as he's distracted by nightly visits from a faceless lover—a man who pleasures him in the dark and then leaves—a man he soon discovers is none other than his master, Sir Robert.

But William can't ignore the scheming around him when he overhears a plot to murder Robert. He becomes intent on saving his lord and lover from those who would see him killed...

When I picked up this book, I was expecting a breeches ripper. Since I've never read either of these authors before, I was shocked by what I did read, a brilliant and cleverly written tale. Set in 1176, this was a period piece, true to the times. Squire William Raven has his eyes on the prize--getting his spurs and becoming the knight he has always wanted to be.

Like I said, I think I was expecting a hot and heavy romance, but what we see is a journey, from a young man, a squire intent on becoming a knight to a man, now worthy of his lord's love. William is a complex character, one brilliantly designed by Mr. Voinov and Ms. Cotoner.

Oftentimes when a piece co-written, I can see the seams where two authors have sewn together a book but it was as if one writer wrote this novella. I couldn't put the book down, thoroughly entranced by the gritty detail and emotions flowing from William. I felt this story was like an award winning film where the actors didn't bathe for days to get the true feeling of medieval England. I just thank God I didn't have to smell it.

The editing was superb and the pacing brilliant but I did feel that, while William was fully fleshed out, Sir Robert was a mystery to me, even though William had been training with him for ages. Truly though, I didn't care, I couldn't put down the book.

Mr. Voinov and Ms. Cotoner have a gorgeous novella here, and I'm hoping a sequel is written to it. This book is well worth the money and I will be the first to snatch up anything else written by these authors.

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