Title: What You See
Author: Faith Ashlin
Publisher: Totally Bound
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
What you see isn’t always what you get.
When ex-freedom fighter Richard buys a slave’s freedom, he has a deal to offer. Being more inexperienced than he appears, he needs someone to teach him a few things. Sex for money and help is what he’s proposing. Denny can always say no.
Denny agrees, and as they settle into their new life, they learn things about themselves and each other, as well as the nature of freedom and love.
But when are things ever that easy? Their world is suddenly shattered by a ghost from Richard’s past. That’s when Denny takes control, shows what he’s made of and fulfils a need Richard didn’t even know he had. It turns out neither are what they appear to be.
Reader Advisory: This book contains reference to rape, murder, suicide & torture but not graphically described.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Totally Bound has this one listed as a contemporary, but it isn’t… not really. It is a somewhat dystopian look at a world where slaves were recently quite common. Richard buys the freedom of one slave, and they, of course, fall in love. Then the rug is ripped out from under them when someone decides to show Richard just what happened to his former lover and fellow freedom fighter. Things turn very bad quickly. While Denny does everything he can in order to be there for the man he loves, Richard slips away without notice.
The first half or so of this book is good. Watching two men fall in love slowly when neither of them expects it is sweet. Watching as Denny makes something of the life he never thought he would have is inspiring. Watching Richard move past the love he lost five year previous is bittersweet. Then someone, an unknown/unseen entity, decides that Richard does not deserve happiness.
Suddenly the story turns from a sweet love story to a gut-wrenching story of recovery, loyalty, and fear. When everything comes to a head, you can’t help but feel for Denny. He has put everything he is into a relationship that doesn’t seem to mean what he thought it meant. He is suddenly, once again directionless… or is it Richard that needs the push in the right direction?
Ashlin gives us two sides to this epic love story. You root fiercely for Richard and Denny. They both have such horrors in their past, they need them to have their HEA. Their HEA is imperative to the continuation of the world Ashlin has created. Their HEA does not seem to be in the cards.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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