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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Choice of Masters by Joey W. Hill

Choice of Masters by Joey W. Hill
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (93 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Forced Seduction, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Thomas has led his life according to the tenets of chivalry laid out by King Arthur. Now his deepest desires and his unshakable honor have joined in single purpose. His soul mate, Lilith, whom he has met only in dreams, is bespelled by a wizard. For five years she has been forced to exist as Lord Zorac’s prisoner in a state of high arousal, unable to gain fulfillment.

To free her from her torment, Thomas must perform the sensual Rite of Awakening and convince Lilith to accept his word and hand as that of her true Master. But Lilith’s punishment is more than the capricious act of an evil wizard, and all is not as it seems…

Thomas was one of the few men who found the woman of his dreams: the lovely Lilith had caressed him for years while he slept. Then one day he decided fantasy wasn’t enough; he needed the real thing. So he set out on a quest to find the other half of his soul.

The antagonistic conflict in this story really sold me. I love that Zorac is cruel towards Lilith, yet seems to have such a big heart when it comes to others' innocence. You realize that he is not your typical malicious villain who is only interested in what will benefit him. While the dual kind and harsh sides of Zorac purposefully leave the reader feeling confused, it also makes you question who is really the villain.

The blurb for this story mentions Thomas leading his life in accordance to King Arthur. This is mentioned in bits and pieces of the story and really adds extra excitement to the plot. I have always enjoyed a little non-fiction within my fiction stories so this really attracted me. I would have likee to see a little more about his following of King Arthur directly, but it definitely added to the storyline.

This story has a strong BDSM element that revolves around sex but does not include a lot of actual intercourse. The nature of Lilith’s curse does not allow her certain pleasures so Thomas comes up with innovative ways to break the curse that do not allow intercourse immediately. While this foreplay at first is exciting after a while I just wished some penetration would take place, but for someone who loves foreplay and tension this would be an excellent story.

I do feel the need to mention that this story has a very strong forced seduction element. Lilith is used by others for the sexual pleasures on a regular basis, which is discussed and demonstrated within this story. So if you find it difficult to handle woman being forcefully taken this may not be the story for you.

This was definitely an well-written, interesting story that any lover of historical romance should appreciate.

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