Choices

Choices

by Grace R. Duncan

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Born and raised a gypsy in the late eleventh century, Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire-until one night they're caught and their precious freedom is revoked. Given the choice between the dungeons or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.


Bathasar doesn't want the throne. He supports his brother instead, which suits their sadistic father, Mukesh. When Teman, the handsome slave Bathasar has secretly been watching, saves his life, Bathasar requests a slave for the first time. Before long, Bathasar and Teman fall in love. But all is not well. One day Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court, angering the empress of a neighboring nation. To appease her, he then offers her Jasim as a gift, and Teman decides to stay with Bathasar for now-despite the abuse he may suffer.


The peace doesn't last. Mukesh plans to invade Jasim's new country, and Bathasar must find a way to stop the destruction. But if he succeeds, he'll ascend to the throne and have the power to grant Teman his liberty. Then Teman will surely leave him. What other choice could a gypsy make?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623803988
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace R. Duncan’s Choices is a fabulous novel – if you love a beautifully written story with gripping plot, well-developed characters, romance, erotic scenes, and just enough angst, you will find it hard to put this book down! Here are some of the highlights of what is so wonderful about Choices: Plot:  This book is a work of erotica. However, unlike in many erotic novels, there is a substantial amount of well-developed, fascinating plot to Choices – and not just about the trials that Bathasar and Teman face in their relationship. The fates of entire kingdoms, the well-being of civilians and nobles alike, are threatened by Mukesh’s instability, and Bathasar, Teman, and their friends are instrumental in working to maintain peace.  Characters:  We get to know Bathasar and Teman the best out of all the characters, given that it is their story. And how they develop throughout the novel, both individually and as a couple, is wonderful to read. The supporting cast is well-developed, and each person is unique and interesting. Several characters in particular (Cyrus, Nadir, Darius, and Salehi) have enough backstory that is hinted at, that they are worthy of their own novels. Some characters I loved to love (especially Bathasar, Teman, Cyrus, Nadir, Darius, Salehi, Jasim, Jielan, and Kaya), and one in particular I loved to hate (Mukesh, of course). Even minor characters with only a few appearances have enough to them that they don’t feel like cardboard cutouts.  Sex:  Let me just start with saying – this book is full of very, very hot scenes. And they’re beautifully written. But beyond that, the amount of diversity between the sex scenes in Choices is fantastic. Since Teman (and several of the other characters) are pleasure slaves, and have to undergo training and serve different masters at different points, there are fascinating distinctions between sex for pleasure (sometimes of just one party, sometimes of two or more parties) and sex for love. There are a few extremely brutal scenes – not designed to titillate, but for plot and character development – which Grace handled very well. Also, there is BDSM aplenty in Choices, and it’s quite clear that Grace knows quite well what she's talking about. Emotion:  This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride – and it was a delightful one. Depending on what was happening in the story, I whimpered nervously, I squeaked in delight, I giggled, and I actually cried at one point. The last of those does not happen frequently at all. I was so affected because of how much I was able to identify with the characters and their own emotions, which Grace has written so well. Prose:  This book is masterfully written. Grace weaves words beautifully, in a style that is a joy to read. The dialogue is natural, and characters have their own voices. Her descriptions of the world of Choices are vivid, and it is clear that she put real effort into researching the time period and setting to make the novel all the more realistic. I wholeheartedly recommend Choices, and look forward to Grace’s future projects.
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