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.
A historical novella from Eli Easton, an author who is starting to have a nice place in my list of authors to read.
Set up in medieval England, it recounts how Christian, a beautiful young man using his wits to survive among a brutish family, and William, a great warrior with the sense of honor the size of a mountain, form an alliance to save William’s sister from an abusive husband and in the process, give in their mutual attraction.
Kudos because first, it’s nicely developed in such a short length, and then it’s clever while I was not initially convinced due to the time chosen. And I enjoyed seeing William battling with his desire.
My only regret: the ending (realistic, well done and sweet), that I didn’t want to read. I prefer to stop when the deal is done and I’m sure my heroes will stay together.
Still, a nice quick and sexy escapism with a great characterization, good hotness and a dash of cleverness.
ARC of “The Lion and the Crow” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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