Prince Liam of Broskoe will no longer bow to his mother's outrageous orders. Because of his speech impairment, the result of a childhood illness, most people— including the queen— believe him to be a half-wit. Neglected in his upbringing, Liam has learned to take what he wants, by whatever means necessary, be it a lover, an education, or secret training as a spy. Forced into hiding, he flees to neighboring Doros and gets work in the kitchen of the castle keep. Finley, Duke of Doros, finds himself between a rock and a hard place. The King of Carsson has once again demanded an increase to the annual levy, and Doros's resources are dwindling due to a poor harvest, worsened by early snows. Not even he, the mightiest of warriors, can stop winter from coming early, but he will not stand by and watch his people starve. Two men— two lonely hearts— meet under the strangest of circumstances. Each learns to grapple with formidable enemies: not only the forces of Mother Nature, but the darker aspects of human nature. They must overcome greed, lust, loneliness, and betrayal, as well as their own insecurities, if they are to find that one thing that makes life worth all the trouble. DETERMINED is a romance inspired by the nineteenth-century German tale Allerleirauh, written by the brothers Grimm. The most common English translation for this title is All-Kinds-of-Fur. WARNING: In addition to depictions of violent combat and death, which some readers may find objectionable, this book contains graphic sex scenes and is unsuitable for underage readers.
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Determined: Gay Romance / Fairy Tale based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Liam, the prince of Broskoe, is on the run from his mother the Queen, who has suggested a very screwed up proposition. His mother believes Liam is a simpleton because of a speach impediment from a childhood illness. She treats him like a child and with disgust, and therefore so do many others. When he comes of age to train as a warrior he is forbidden, but some believe in him and he is secretly trained as a spy. While on the run he ends up disguising himself as a mute servant female at Finley, the Duke of Doros home. Finley has problems of his own keeping his people from starvation due to an alliance with a traitorious king. Liam has his sights on Finley from the start and comes up with an unconventional way of getting his attention. Due to certain circumstances situations change and difficulties are overcome. Both characters are well written. And the secondary characters are fantastic. The only problem I had was that I thought to myself (several times) that both Liam and Finley had their minds on sex when they should have been on taking care of business. Some things in the story (like a Duke traveling without his own guard and leaving someone he doesn't know in charge of his home and people) were unbelievable. That being said I did have a good time reading this. The premise of the story was new and had some interesting twist. It also had a lot going on and moved along at a nice pace. I'll definately give this author another look.