Book Reviews

A Lieutenant's Love by Red Haircrow at Flying With Red Haircrow

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / Fiction
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-March-2013

Book Blurb

Lieutenant Jarryd Alyt has given blood and soul in service to the Duke, yet suffering the loss of a beloved companion drives him near the brink of despair.


Disillusioned though still loyal, when new recruit Arin arrives, Jarryd is struck by the youth’s innocence and beauty. But will the horror of war strike before Jarryd summons the courage to love again?



NOTE: This book was previously released in November 2010.


Book Review

This short story packs quite a punch! I can't reveal the ending without spoiling it, but I can say that it left me breathless. I love it when there's a surprise like that to leave me - well, impressed.

It’s a historical, even if the history is fictional since the exact details of the location and time are never revealed. The main character, Lieutenant Jarryd, has survived long years of service to his Duke. He has lost one lover to the drawn-out war already. When he meets Arin, who is a new recruit, he suppresses his immediate attraction for fear of losing him as well. Jarryd’s growing feelings, however, soon make this impossible.

Arin for his part may be physically weaker, but he stands up for himself, and I really liked how he accepted Jarryd’s reason for not giving in to their mutual attraction. I felt for them, because it was quite clear they needed each other to heal. Arin has a horrible past and being loved, for him, is something he’s only ever had dreams of.

The language Red Haircrow uses is beautiful, the descriptions drew me in and the deep emotions evident in both main characters held my attention. Even if you don’t normally like historicals, this is one I don’t think you’d want to miss. I loved it.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 8408 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-March-2013
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