Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/03/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: BDSM, Erotica, Gay Fiction, Historical
In early twentieth century England, a good valet can be damned hard to come by — at least, when one’s requirements are quite so specific as Lord Algernon Huffingham’s. Algy likes a man with a firm hand. Preferably work-calloused, and applied with vigour to Algy’s aristocratic buttocks. He’s beginning to despair of ever finding a man who can give him what he needs and still respect him in the morning.
Disgraced footman Robert likes a roll in the hay as much as the next man. Preferably with the next man. But he’s more accustomed to following orders than issuing them — and some of his lordship’s requirements are a bit more extreme than he’s used to! Robert may be easy on the eye and flexible in his morals, but will he be able to rise to Algy’s challenge?
This short story had the makings of a good tale, but ended up being pretty unremarkable. It’s the story of a rich Lord looking for a lowly servant to cater to his deviant desires and fuck him. Now, I’ll admit, Lord Algy’s desires are more deviant than most—but not at the sharp end of the spectrum. Humiliation play, impact play, a little water sports and he’s head down ass up.
More richly developed characters would have given this story more meat. As it was, I didn’t care about Algy or Robert. Algy seemed a spoiled brat to me, while Robert felt like an opportunist. Neither of them were terribly redeeming. I also wasn’t a fan of switching POVs to Robert exactly once in the last few paragraphs. It was like the King’s Cross distraction in Harry Potter – a filler to address an unresolvable plot hole.
The best sex in the story came from the stable and Robert pounding a fellow groom while Algy jacked off in time to their copulation.
All in all, a solid offering and a decent afternoon delight, but with more depth, it could have been a stronger book.
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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