Book Reviews

Love in the Land of Fire (Shangri-La 1) by Rebecca Brochu at Evernight Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-November-2012

Book Blurb

In a world where one is either the ruler or the ruled, Enforcer Josiah Marx takes a case and finds himself drawn to Rafe Zweil, a submissive with a complicated past. Josiah has given up on finding love, but the new man sparks new feelings and brings out the dominant in him.

Can the two overcome all the obstacles that stand between them to find love in the Land of Fire?

Be Warned: BDSM, m/m sex, spanking, rimming.

Book Review

The world this book is set in is a harsh one; real slavery, little to no rights for those who are deemed submissives, and criminal elements that are capable of a level of violence I found very hard to stomach. But, on the other hand, there are signs of love an hope, of people standing up for the slaves' rights – and that message of some justice, at least for a few, is what also made this book emotionally impactful and, in the end, satisfying for me.

Josiah is a tough guy. Ex-Crimson Elite, his military background serves him well in his current job as enforcer (read: cop with a few extra powers and responsibilities). He is also a firm believer in slaves' rights, and has an underlying vulnerability that is very appealing. Never having felt strong attraction for any one submissive, he is totally blindsided by the sudden need and possessiveness that assault him when he sees Rafe for the first time. Not that he lets that stop him, being the force of nature that he is, he will move heaven and earth to protect Rafe. And he will have to do no less.

Rafe is in a horrible situation: a level four submissive in an abusive situation with a mismatched Dom, he sees no other option than to run when his life is seriously threatened. He expects to die and is shocked when Josiah not only saves his life, but takes him into his home for protection against his abuser. Trust is realistically slow to build, and there are many setbacks, but Rafe is as tempted by Josiah as the Dom is by him. He suffers horribly, and the pain and guilt he has to go through almost did me in – and I was only reading about it!

Even though the incorrect use of tenses drove me crazy (present tense is not the problem, using it incorrectly is!), the story was strong enough to keep me going. I liked the design of this world, which was subtly different with its four levels of Doms and subs, enjoyed the suspense, and loved Josiah's and Rafe's triumphs. If you like stories that will grab your attention and have you on the edge of your seat, if you can deal with the idea of real slaves and a real fight for justice and rights, and if you're looking for an emotionally satisfying read, you might like this book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 112 pages/41180 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-July-2012
Price $4.99 ebook
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