Book Reviews

Chateau d'Eternite by Ariel Tachna at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Time Travel / Psychic Powers / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 27-April-2013

Book Blurb

When Russ Peterson accepts an invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at a castle in southern France, he doesn’t expect to learn he has the ability to travel through time. For a historian, it’s a dream come true, offering the chance to find answers to the mysteries of the past. But it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it.

After a few short supervised visits, Russ still hasn’t made up his mind about his newfound abilities. Then, on his first extended trip, he meets Quentus Maximus, second in command to the Legate of Nemausus. While learning firsthand about the realities of life in Roman Gaul, Russ is shocked by his reaction to Quentus’s dominant nature. After a week with Quentus, Russ’s vacation is up, and he realizes he wants a chance to see if their relationship can flourish.

Arranging a year-long sabbatical from work to give time to make the decision is easy. Figuring out if he can live with Quentus's dominant nature long-term, and finding a way to establish a life for himself in Roman Gaul, is an entirely different matter.

Chateau d'Eternité was previously available as a short story, published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2012.

Book Review

“Love knows no boundaries and no distance; miles and obstacles mean absolutely nothing in the face of love.”~ unknown

If you were unsatisfied with your present life and had the ability to travel through time searching for a more fulfilling existence, would you chance it? When Russ of Ariel Tachna's book 'Cha^teau d’Eternite´' discovers that he has the ability to travel through time, he embraces the idea. Being a student of history, he thinks that it will be interesting to visit different places in time; but what he wasn't expecting was to stay in any given place and time until he meets Quentus Maximus. Lured by his charm and a sense of usefulness, he makes plans to stay in Ancient Rome indefinitely.

Quentus considers Russ a gift from the Gods and cares for him like a treasured pet. He makes sure all of Russ's physical needs are met, especially in bed. Quentus is an ardent, lover but concerned with Russ's satisfaction as well as his own. This is nice for Russ to a point, but he begins to resent the way Quentus orders him around and has to be in control of every situation. Russ wants to be a vital part of the household, not just a kept man. Quentus is oblivious to how he treats Russ. He considers it normal for anyone under his care. He can't fathom Russ's discontent and frustration with their relationship.

Russ wants to be on equal footing with Quentus, not inferior or superior to him. He works hard to prove himself, not only to Quentus, but, also, to his friends. He realizes he can never be equal in strength, but he's smart and has the advantage of having studied history; he knows what's going to happen during the political unrest that Quentus and his allies are presently dealing with and comes up with some strategies that they hadn't thought of. As Russ's tactics and instincts prove to be advantageous, slowly but surely, they come to appreciate him and include them in their group. As time goes by, Russ realizes that he is in love with Quentus and wants an opportunity to explore his feelings. He has to make a choice whether to go back to his old, boring, lonely life, or follow his heart and stay with Quentus.

Although not exactly what I expected, this is a very romantic, passionate story. I had a difficult time getting a real feel for Russ. His character was hard to grasp. He wanted to be in Ancient Rome, but tried to make his relationship with Quentus as if he were in the 21st century. I'm happy that he found fulfillment there, but I couldn't get too excited about him as a person. Quentus, on the other hand, was the epitome of how I picture a commanding officer in the Roman army to be. I didn't see him as being macho, just for the sake of it. For him, it was the most effective way to get things done. The wonderful surprise with him was the gentle, kind way he treated those under his care and his love and support for Russ. In my opinion, Russ was very lucky to find a man like Quentus.

I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy stories about time travel, ancient Roman history, very passionate sex. Thanks, Ariel, for the stimulating visit to the past.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/58513 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-March-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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