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Charges for international delivery destinations are available below. Although the beginning of their relationship is kidnapper and victim, the situation soons becomes protector and survivor, and ulitmately friends and lovers. Kai's ethnicity marks him as an outcast, and we learn something of his troubled childhood. That part was actually quite difficult to read. Veryl's inevitable slide into prostitution is well handled and we can see that he controls as much of the circumstances as he can.
Sometimes, things were spelt out too much for me, and towards the end, I was confused by some character's motivations. And that last chapter is a killer. But overall, I engaged with the story. Feb 19, Trix rated it did not like it Recommended to Trix by: It is done. At last. Oh dear, so many things to complain about this book. I'll keep this review short because I read it about a month ago and it failed to impress me so much that I've forgotten half of it.
First of all, why so many plot lines? If trimmed down to its basics, this would probably have been about pages tops. As it is, there were pointless fragments, additional romantic lines added, action scenes heaped on for gratuitous effect. I'll expand on this. In fact, I would consider his past experience to make him lean towards being gay, since that story line was laid out to make it seem Kai adored Lirin right until the end when his bother dumped him.
Before I learnt of his past, I assumed Kai had been raped or endured some form of torture close to rape to explain his revulsion towards men. I expected him to treat Veyl condescendingly since he had feminine features and did mistake him for a woman initially. But after learning the truth, Kai spent a good portion of the book surprised Veyl would enjoy the company of men despite obvious signs that Veyl did like men as well as being good as his job. It got to the point of being annoying to see Kai gravitate around Veyl, yearn for him but still keep aloof and at bay.
Usually, I like my story to have a strong character to take the lead and support the emotional weight, with occasional help from the other MC.
Here, I was divided in choosing which character had the more troubled past and scarred history.
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Veyl had been raised by a brothel and raped at an early age then deluded himself into loving the guard that delivered him to the brothel, all the while hoping for a quiet life away.
Kai barely knew his parents, got stuck with half-brothers, one of which eventually turned on him and kept him as a sexual toy for several years.
Then he desperately turned to women, only his lover was nobility and saved her name, rather than his life. Though ending up shackled as a result of Lirin's betrayal, it was the same Lirin that ultimately saved Kai.
The colour of his skin left him only one profession, that of a thief. So which one should I bemoan more? Small note here on a thing that bugged me. The part where Lirin kidnaps Veyl.
We aren't specifically told what transpired between them, only that Veyl was very hurt. When Kai stumbles upon his brother dying, despite guessing the horrors that Lirin inflicted on Veyl, despite the marked past they shared, Kai ends his suffering with a mercy kill. I would much rather he left Lirin there to slowly die and be eaten by wolves. It wouldn't have been that much out of character, with what we already knew of Kai. But back to what I was saying earlier. Pointless fragments: The story was convoluted enough without adding half elves, heir to a throne and black magic.
Additional romantic lines? Crow and Barlan, of course. Why we had to have those two make goo goo eyes at each other escapes me. Wouldn't they have helped Kai and Engel's cause if there had not been the chemistry between them?
I liked Barlan and Crow well enough without having to go into detail how Barlan was sweet, caring and gentle with Crow or how Crow was shy and fearful of male contact, how he suffered alone for years, outcast by his race for his attraction only to later show he wasn't the only one interested in men, just the one that publicly admitted it.
And Aegeus and Finn. Not quite a romantic line as Finn was too young though Aegeus did display a form of attraction for the boy. I can't even begin to understand that black magic mess. What was the point for all the magic, Aegeus' little idiosyncrasies increasing with each new powerful spell he cast, his determination and passion for magic giving way to compassion, never completing the ritual on Veyl, the mystery of Finn's survival and the big reveal at the end that Finn was in fact the demon holding Aegeus' soul and bringing him back to life?
Or did the demon bring back a hybrid between Aegeus and the late king? Sadly, by that point, I was too distracted to even pretend to pay attention or try to understand. Redundant action scenes: Too many distractions and points of view. Weak characters that failed to engage me emotionally. View all 4 comments. Jan 13, Anna C rated it it was amazing Shelves: I underestimated this one. But I'm glad I trusted my instincts on this one, to find it out myself instead of trusting random strangers' negative review.
The negative reviews had convinced me I won't like this one, and I had approached it with wary eyes and lack of expectations, but turned out I love it, lol, especially part 2. Part one is quite good, I gave it a 4 stars though, it's long but it's necessary for its romance Why, part 2 has more meats to chew than just romance in part 1, there's so much more going on in this part when I finally met the dying tyrant, and what's more, here I got my fantasy creatures, from elves, bear shifter, mage, and even demon.
Give me my fantasy, and surprised me, I will bestow you 5 stars, lol.
I actually enjoyed Barlan the bear shifter and Crow the elf's romance more than Veyl the crybaby half elf and Kai the thief's. And not because Veyl is effeminate guy, damsel in distress and crybaby, nope.
I have no problem with effeminate man or crossdresser or crybaby men in my books. In fact, imo it's not wrong at all to be a crybaby, regardless the sex.
Crying doesn't mean a person is weak, but it means a person has a heart and is honest with their feelings. Veyl actually had good reasons, well, he had been strong for too long, he even tried to commit suicide several times. Not that I hate his romance with Kai, it's just that he and Kai had an endless sex drive, lol. Both just can't get enough of each other to the point they even fucked in their dream, lol. I skimmed the sex scene because well, kinda boring after they done it for sixth time Their first time is very delicious though after the UST, they just succumbed to their lust for each other after Kai finally admitted he wanted it despite his initial denial due to his dark history as rape victim.
Their second time is to erase Veyl's memories of his first love, Engel. Third time is to realize their love for each other. Fourth time is for healing Kai's trauma of his dark past. Fifth time is for plot device, lol. Sixth time is in their dream, the purpose is to show us readers how Veyl can connect or link through dreams with his lover, it has a significant meaning to Veyl, Kai, and Engel.
This is the part when I learned most of Engel and I like that. Thankfully this is the last time they had sex in the book, lol. I also like Aegeus and Finn's part, they're not lovers though. I even cried for Aegeus the mage in the end, for all his and everyone's belief he has no heart because of his bloodied hands yet he was capable to offer love and affection for Finn his foster son whose parents were murdered by his hands.
His POV moved me to tears most of the times, very touching for me, I'm always weak to this kinda character. A King's Ransom is now up on Smashwords. View 2 comments. Aug 04, Ayanna marked it as probably-not Shelves: Soooo full of cliches and nonesuch. And all of the whorephobia, ugh.
The count up's to 50 by Chap 4.
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That's an average of I found the average for the first three cha NTS: I found the average for the first three chaps, then the first four, and then averaged those two.
That's 50 "whore"'s in 44 pages of this online sample. There are Damn, the rate of "whore" appearances better slow down at some point, because otherwise, that is a damn lot of "whore"'s being slung around. Honorable mentions go to the lovely few that popped up after Veyl introduced himself rather civilly. Way to ignore the dude and remain wallowing in your prejudice.
Actually, you know what? That really is a damn lot of "whore"'s. But just Or is commitment to this homophobic, whorephobic effect more important than one's sanity? Does "whore" even still look like a word to the author anymore?
Because I know I've long gotten past the point of semantic satiation. I mean, is "whore" branded in the author's muscle memory now? Do they start typing "wh" and their fingers just automatically type the "ore" to follow?
Are they haunted by this word at night? Is it branded on the insides of their eyelids when they close their eyes?
Does the word in large block letters chase them in their sleep? Do they feel better about themselves as a person? You know, now that I think of it, I never did get "jaded" from Veyl. Nor did he quite seem "reeling from a broken heart. Or maybe I got so distracted by all of the "whore"'s being thrown around that I have no idea what went down.
Actually, I think at this point, I've got enough "whore"'s in this review to make it a sister to one of the chapters in this book. I think I'm right there at the average, more or less. Mar 08, Amba rated it it was amazing. I think this was well written.
It's romance for grown-ups, for people who want more than fluff.
There is tension and conflict, and an ending that makes it all worth it. I liked how this story was full of real people. This book is full of such people, with all their glorious scratches and dents I think this was well written. This book is full of such people, with all their glorious scratches and dents, who are making the most of their situation and fumbling toward happiness, just like us.
In fact, they have every reason not to like each other. Through the storytelling, they slowly come together and form a bond which is promptly tested by circumstances.
The supporting cast is just as well-drawn as the protagonists: This is a story about a fantasy world populated by real people, who have real relationships. The characters' journey isn't straight and effortless, but the destination is rewarding and satisfying. Apr 10, M rated it really liked it Shelves: This is exactly the kind of book that I love. And I generally enjoyed it.
It tells the story of Kaidos, a wandering gypsy-type thief who is paid a lot of money to kinnap Veyl, an extremely beautiful and androgynous prostitute for reasons unknown. They inevitably end up developing a connection, random adventure and occasional angst ensues.
Some of if is exciting, some of it is dirty and I was suitably entertained. The first half was great, but This is exactly the kind of book that I love. The first half was great, but later on things get a bit muddled with the eleventh-hour addition of lots of secondary characters. There is also quite a lot of side plot that lends the book length, but doesn't necessarily advance the story. It also becomes a wee bit cheesy in its old age.
And just a minor personal niggle - there are a few silly editing and grammar errors that were briefly annoying. Feb 20, Eve rated it really liked it. An excellent adventure story featuring a likable group of view spoiler [all gay hide spoiler ] heroes and their engaging efforts to save the day whilst combating both enemies and prejudice.
Jul 07, Tatiana rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 03, Mercedes rated it liked it Shelves: The story just feels out of the place. More than half way part the MCs story gets dropped to introduce what could be the story for two other couples. It seems the author intends to write a sequel but here we are 3 years later and nothing. As a result what you have is a story that seems unfocused with a finish that feels rushed and open-ended.
Dec 12, iam rated it really liked it Shelves: This book feels more like two books: Just barely 3 stars for that because, frankly, it's boring. It doesn't feel like the plot advances, things happen but they are all ultimately inconsequential, and the usual UST and slow burn isn't written well enough to keep This book feels more like two books: It doesn't feel like the plot advances, things happen but they are all ultimately inconsequential, and the usual UST and slow burn isn't written well enough to keep it working.
It's about what happens after the kidnapping, after the main couple has already confessed their love, after they found out what's going on - now they just need to solve the whole mess, with the help of new friends, acquaintances and others. There are still issues in this part - like how all of a sudden magic is a thing, or a new religion is introduced, or characters spill out their heart's content just to never appear again - but I adored the side-characters and their stories, so I'm giving this part 5 stars, thus overall rating A King's Ransom with 4 stars.
MM Fantasy Readers. All Kai had to do was abduct a prostitute and deliver her and he'd have enough money to get out of the thieving business and build a nice house somewhere. Instead he got the adventure of his life, resolution of past trauma and love of his life.
Veyl was a half-elf orphan who was brought up in a brothel and eventually became a highly-paid prostitute but he wanted out of this life but didn't know how to do so. Kai abducting him gave him new choices and paths.
One thing that was heartbreaking view spoiler [when Veyl mentions 'the first time' he was raped hide spoiler ]. Both Kai and Veyl were damaged souls but slowly and surely, they healed each other.
Along the way, we meet some other wonderful and not so wonderful, Lirin characters, Barlan and Crow and Kai and Veyl's adventures change their path as well. Not what I was expecting and thoroughly enjoyed.
Oct 01, Nijin rated it did not like it Shelves: First half was slow but still going somewhere. Two MC sounded very alike for me and even their history was alike.
In addition, the level of magic incorporated into this part of the story increases significantly, which makes the first part look like it happened in different universe. I will not go into details, but behavior of the MC after this point became illogical and childish from one side and pointlessly cruel from anot First half was slow but still going somewhere. I will not go into details, but behavior of the MC after this point became illogical and childish from one side and pointlessly cruel from another.
Jun 26, Suburbancowgirl rated it really liked it Shelves: Well done with great world building. The secondary characters were complex and full of dimensions. Loved the MCs.
Feb 02, Lily rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 28, Achim rated it liked it Shelves: The most believable part was the scene from one harbor to the next. There I was able to join Veyl and Kai and Engel. The emotions were believable and the atmosphere quite right. Before that the author wote about developping feelings, about changes in the t 2. Before that the author wote about developping feelings, about changes in the the relationship but only presented the result of the development never the development itself and often enough the reason for the change came sometimes later.
Starting with the audience in part 2 the story became a blur when new characters were introduced. Sometimes I lost the connection with Veyl completely, didn't cared about Kai anymore and failed to understand Aegus completely. I don't want to start asking why the archduke and his sons do their appearance at all and won't comment on the final conclusions which I don't really like.
It could have been a real good story with nice twists and promising characters but somehow it came across as a sketch, single pieces that ignite my curiosity but couldn't deliver. Sep 07, Seregil rated it really liked it Shelves: Long slash fantasy with a bit of everything: I think if you like the genre it's impossible not to like at least some aspects of this story. Must stay away if you're looking for something sweet and cute, because though it does have its lovey-dovey moments the book is about Long slash fantasy with a bit of everything: Must stay away if you're looking for something sweet and cute, because though it does have its lovey-dovey moments the book is about a poor abused halfbreed boy that was raised in a whorehouse and a thief with his own neglective or abusive relatives.
I'm very interested in a sequel or spin off or anything really, because there were characters introduced that seem fascinating and I'd love to see their story unfold.
The ending is a tease in itself because it introduces a surprise character Dec 13, Scott Simmons rated it liked it. First, I was surprised by the typos scattered within the book. As for the breaks being used within the chapters to change the point of view between characters - they seemed to be unnecessary and made the flow of the novel fractured and, on some occasions, jarring.
A two or three sentenced paragraph would have done the trick. And the one time it should have been used the first dream sequence between Veyl and Kaidos it was not. With that being said I think the novel could have been crafted a litt First, I was surprised by the typos scattered within the book.Thanks for telling us about the problem.
The 39 Clues: It's funny and ridiculous. And I liked the plot, just not the execution of it. I'll keep this review short because Pointless fragments: Product Details.
None of them were bad, in fact, all were interesting and well-drawn. Aug 23, Drew Martin rated it it was amazing. Damn, the rate of "whore" appearances better slow down at some point, because otherwise, that is a damn lot of "whore"'s being slung around.