Love should be a choice, not an obligation or duty.
Martin’s own birthday is just days before Henry’s. Parties have been planned, but with everything that’s happened, will anyone feel like celebrating?
Taking place concurrent with events at the end of A Collar and Tie (Ganymede Quartet Book 4), A Free Choice concludes the series—for now.
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This book marks the end of Martin and Henry's initial stories (though I dearly hope that they are back again in some form, in some way!!!) and needs to be read in the sequence of Ganymede stories, or else it makes NO sense. It is set in NYC 1902 in an alternate world where slavery is fully acceptable and Companions are purchased for wealthy teens to use as valets and sexual outlets (for "health"). Martin has recently reconciled with his master and lover, Henry Blackwell. Henry is a very wealthy 16 year old, the son of NYC's wealthiest man, Hiram Blackwell. Henry's family is an odd mix, and not quite what Martin had hoped for when he was being sold as a Companion last September, but Martin has found love and devotion in his master and he could not have wished for better circumstances. The book is a wrap on the series, and mostly follows the final three days of A COLLAR AND TIE, from Martin's perspective. It is lovely and wonderful, and I want more! I think I might not go gracefully into this goodnight, Ms. Glass! Martin does wrap up his thoughts on the 14th Street debacle and his misery over Henry's bad temper quite well. I was so glad to see his playfulness and thoughtfulness come out so strongly. I think Martin is finally comfortable enough to be a partner to Henry, and not solely his slave. I do so want to see them try Chinese food, and go out adventuring with Mr. Ross and Simon! To see them play with Mr. Wilton and Russ. I am not ready for this series to end. And I am eager for further stories to bring them back to me. *crosses fingers* *contemplates pact with the devil*
This review is a bit different because the entire series is consistently top-notch. You can read what the stories are about by clicking on the titles, so I don't see the need to give a synopsis. The writing is excellent, with rich imagery of early 1900's New York. The characters are real, and they are people you want to know, because they are so human, with human ups and downs. It's an erotic series, but the story matters most, so glimpses into the intimate lives of Edward and Martin, et al, stream along gracefully with the plotlines. It's refreshing to watch the development of a youthful relationship, with the fears, hopes, blunders and angst that lead up to the fulfillment and depth of a love that truly succeeds against all odds. The pacing and plotline are filled with surprises and suspense, and under the beautifully written guidance of author Darrah Glass, this story becomes unforgettable. I hope that the series will continue...the characters are young enough. and their transition into adulthood would be fascinating to follow.