Book Reviews

Slow Awakening by M. Raiya at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / Romance
Reviewed by Sally on 19-September-2012

Book Blurb

In the hills above the castle are caves where, rumor has it, "things" are done to men that leave common soldiers glazed with pleasure. A good king should not even think about such things. If he was caught in the caves, he could lose his crown, if not his life. But to deny forever what he is could cost him his sanity. The night the king visits the caves will either be a night of ecstasy, or a night of doom. It might also be the night he finds the other half of his soul.

Part of the 2012 Torquere Charity Blitz, sponsored by Rainbow eBooks. All authors' royalties (matched by Torquere) will be donated to NO8H, whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.


Book Review

It may be one of the world’s greatest ironies that the greatest of all freedoms is to be found in the deepest of all submissions. Raiya’s tale deftly explores that irony, taking the most exalted man in the kingdom and bringing him, literally and gleefully, to his knees.
Told in the first-person, the story begins with a man already restrained, bound and gagged at his own invitation. Through him we get to experience the full spectrum of sensation – physical, emotional, and intellectual – that come with submission. Even as the clues begin to fall into place as to his identity, we find ourselves gaining a deeper appreciation for what such utter submission means to him. What’s more, we are given the opportunity to appreciate the reality of a fair-haired, blue-eyed, honey-voiced master who vastly eclipses any dark, well-muscled, dangerous man of fantasy.
As intensely erotic as the first half of the story is, it’s the revelations of the second half that provide the tale with is true power. A private act of submission in a darkened cave, away from prying eyes, is one thing... but to see (and appreciate) the implications of that relationship within the palace is something else entirely.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 20 pages/5300 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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