My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story takes place in a fantasy medieval middle eastern setting.
Arieh is sold as a slave to pay his family’s outstanding tax debts. He is bought by a high ranking officer in the Keshen army Enitan. Enitan is looking for a Pais – a male bride or life companion – not just a pleasure slave, a man who will love him with both body and soul.
Unfortunately Arieh has been brought up in a strictly religious society and believes that all sexual relations without procreation as a goal, is a sin. Not really what you are looking for in a pleasure slave!
If you are looking for a master / slave story, this is NOT the one you want. In spite of the fact, that Enitan buys Arieh as the slave market and is his owner, this is really more of a story of love, patience, seduction and coming to terms with what you want, although it may be very different to what you have been told you should want.
This could have been a 4-4.5 story for me, had it not been for the fact that some parts of the story felt a little rushed and if not for the fact that the authors fails to follow up on many many things through out the story.
I am pretty sure that this story is the beginning of a series, so I will not deduct more from the rating in spite of all these loose ends. In stead I will hope fervently that Ms. Aedin will complete the series!