Novella (15,500 words) Genre(s): Fantasy, Gay, Romance Cedric de Breos was an average son from an average farmer’s family before he was chosen—by royal decree—to befriend Alain Tomolia, the solemn and enigmatic crown prince of Dunn. As Cedric dutifully pursues their strange friendship, he begins to suspect that Alain is haunted by a dark secret, one which has its roots sunk deep in the crown prince’s past. Cedric’s situation is complicated by the gradual realization that his intended purpose is not only to serve as companion to the crown prince but also as his surrogate in the whipping yard, taking the punishment for Alain’s misdeeds. Will Cedric find a way to come to terms with the resentment, pity, curiosity, and reluctant attraction he feels toward the crown prince, or will he allow the circumstances around them to command their fate?
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"This tale has a touch of the paranormal and a lovely dose of BDSM. The writing wonderfully sets up a sense of place and mystery, with a thread of melancholy and oppression running through... the cherry on top is the author’s wicked way with BDSM scenes."
"Excellent. This pretty much epitomizes what I am looking for in a work of erotic fiction."
"This short but fantastic treasure of a book is a keeper to reread over and over."
"The story surprised me, continually moving in unexpected directions that opened up deeper insights into Jaken's characters while never totally doing away with their fundamental mystery. Highly recommend."
"This is a full story about two genuinely complex leads, with an efficiently drawn fantasy/historical setting that was intriguing and plausible within the confines of the genre. Even more crucial, the 'erotic' elements were not gratuitous or just for titillation, but were absolutely essential to the world being drawn and the characters' psychology."