From the blurb:
In medieval England, duty is everything, personal honor is more valued than life itself, and homosexuality is not tolerated by the church or society.Sir Christian Brandon was raised in a household where he was hated for his unusual beauty and for his parentage. Being smaller than his six brutish half-brothers, he learned to survive by using his wits and his gift for strategy, earning him the nickname the Crow.
Sir William Corbett, a large and fierce warrior known as the Lion, has pushed his unnatural desires down all his life. He’s determined to live up to his own ideal of a gallant knight. When he takes up a quest to rescue his sister from her abusive lord of a husband, he’s forced to enlist the help of Sir Christian. It’s a partnership that will test every strand of his moral fiber, and, eventually, his understanding of the meaning of duty, honor, and love.
*Review for the revised, expanded edition from Dreamspinner Press*
Eli Easton!! That ending... I'm so upset right now that I'm docking 1/2 a star because of it. Why did you have to do that to a girl?!?!?!?
I've never read a historical that was THIS historical. We are talking 1200s, people. However, I'm a HUGE Eli Easton fan (she ranks in my top 5 favorite M/M authors) and so I had to give this one a try. I had never read this story when it was in its original incarnation, so I won't be able to compare old vs new. However, this version... it was really special.
M/M Historicals are sometimes hard for me to stomach because of the dangers associated with homosexuality. It gives me a queazy feeling to think about, and even more so in this story. However, I had faith that this author could pull it off and she TOTALLY did.
I enjoyed the fact that this was a slow burn romance with lots of time for character development. I got to learn a lot about Christian and William and really see their chemistry happen organically. The beginnings of the story were pure magic, and though the novella veered a little towards the outlandish side towards the end, I think that the plot was really well done.
My main complaint was the epilogue, strangely enough. It went on and on and ON through time. I didn't need to read about each event that happened after the HEA, especially because the main couple fought so hard to have their happy ending. I kind of wanted to leave it at that, and just picture Christian and William running off into the Scottish sunset together.
However, if you are a fan of historicals, especially knights that just happen to be virgins, you should try this little one. But grab tissues, just in case.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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