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Stoned by Shelley Munro

StonedStoned by Shelley Munro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Life is a chariot race for Marc Angelo and Tarquin Navona. Friends, rivals and rock stars of Circus Maximus in ancient Rome, they wow the fans with their daring driving and take their choice of lovers. A fine life indeed—if Marc weren’t harboring feelings for Tarquin. It’s difficult to behave normally when he craves physical contact with his friend’s muscular body, but Marc resists, too afraid of losing Tarquin entirely.
He needn’t have worried. Fate has plans for them.

Very long-term plans…

When a powerful sorcerer catches Marc and Tarquin with his wife, he curses them to imprisonment in stone. Centuries pass, and Marc’s love and lust for Tarquin only increase. His friend doesn’t have a clue, but that’s the least of their problems. They have no idea how to escape their predicament—and may be doomed to spend eternity Stoned.

So what did I think?

I quite enjoyed this short story, mainly for it’s uniqueness. It was a sweet story with a happy ending that tried to cram in quite a lot of content.

Reading a book with a time travel component was a bit of a first for me. It was an interesting concept and an interesting combination/contrast of the historical and the modern. I liked the view of homosexuality in Roman times and how that coloured the main characters views on their feelings for each other, or rather if they would act on their feelings.

The story focused on the situation the men found themselves in, cursed for eternity, or so it would seem, but lacked some depth into the whole situation. I think a longer story was warranted, something that would answer all the questions – exactly how did they end up ‘stoned’?, why did the curse break specifically?, more details on how they kept abreast of the times…..

There are lots of things happening in this story – the action in ancient times, the curse, the relationship between the men, the event that breaks the curse, Tarquin’s encounter with the neighbour’s daughter, the men’s separation and reconciliation.

However I felt the end was too abrupt. I think I would have enjoyed to see more of Marc and Tarquin once they had established a life together.

All-in-all I liked the story, read it in one sitting, and was interested enough to want to check out other work by this author.

I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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To find out more about Shelley Munro and her books visit her website.

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★★★★★ Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells ★★★★★

The Collars and Cuffs series:

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Trusting Thomas (Collars and Cuffs, #2)Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.

Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?

So what did I think?

“One day you will see things differently. One day you’ll awaken to sunshine, not just in your room but in your heart, and you’ll be able to step out of the shadows, to become the person you were meant to be.”

The character of Peter was beautifully written,so broken and sad. It was wonderful to watch his blossoming under the tender care of Thomas and the friendship provided by Alex.

Peter’s view of submission was warped by his experience with a cruel and uncaring man. Peter knew where his natural inclinations lay but his trust was abused until he lived a life in fear.

The story is very focused on Peter’s emotional healing, his learning to trust and ultimately learning to love while giving himself to a man who loves him in return.

Thomas is the man to meet all of Peter’s needs but it takes Thomas a while to come to that realisation. He is fearful of the significant age gap between Peter and himself and has been alone for so long that the club had become his focus. Thank goodness for good friends to help him see the light!

Abuse, emotion, submission, sex, love, friendship, drama…this book was a wonderful continuation of the series!

Another thing I did like was the small cross-over with the Learning to Love series characters. Detective Inspector Mark Saunders appears in this book and there is reference to his son Josh and his housemate Daniel – Daniel helpfully lent DI Saunders a cock-ring to fit out as a listening device! 🙂 Make sure you check out my review of that series. Josh’s story can be found here.

5 Stars

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To find out more about K.C. Wells and her books visit her website.

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