RELEASE DATE: 8th April 2016
BLURB: Imperial captive and former Sebboyan prince Peta Kordeun has one great wish: to meet Darius Arrento, conqueror of his country and a man he has idolized since childhood. That wish comes true the day the Uttoran emperor assigns Peta to assist the artist who will be painting the great general’s official portrait.
General Darius Arrento would rather take a crossbow bolt through his flesh than sit for a portrait, until his friend the emperor forces his hand. The notorious artist, Brazzi, uses semen and other sexual fluids to bind his colors—and Arrento is captivated by the artist’s pretty helper. Before long he is driven to possess the gorgeous young man who draws battle maps and whose naïve charm has won more hearts in Uttor than Arrento has won battles.
When Arrento learns that Peta, the slave he covets and wants for his own, is one of the despised Kordeun princes, he storms from Uttor toward a far corner of the empire—where he quickly finds himself embroiled in a plot to tear Uttor’s empire apart. His emotions and loyalties frayed, the great Arrento is in the battle of his life…and Peta may hold the key to his survival.
This was my first venture into the Tali Spencer’s book world and I’m hooked!
She was like an experienced and very clever fisherman, who picked the perfect bait to tempt me with (Prince Peta), when she had me securely hooked, she reeled me in with an infamous artist and then landed me with the somewhat aloof General and I went willingly into this author’s magical world that she created. It was seductively addictive, sexy love combined with political intrigue.
Prince Peta has been enslaved due to his despot of a father. However, due to his Royal rank, he is a privileged slave rather than your more common run-of-the-mill type of slave. Darius, a General of Uttoran, has been Peta’s secret desire for a long time. When ordered by the Uttoran Emperor to “inspire” a portrait of the great General himself, Peta can’t believe his luck!
We then enter the bizarre, kinky world of a painter, who uses semen to paint! and guess who is the supplier? and I have to say, Peta rather enjoyed himself….as did Darius. And this starts their journey to finding love.
It was a hazardous journey, so many obstacles thrown in their path, can they navigate their way through this minefield of political ambition/greed/intrigue and come out intact at the other end?
I really enjoyed it and will be investigating further books by this author. So why only 4.5*? Well, I got a little bogged down in the second half of the book with the military detailing, it was just a little too much for my taste and therefore lost some of the momentum for me, others may find differently?
Tali Spencer you have found a new fan.
****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****