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A Dish Served Cold [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Ashling
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Book Description

There is one upside to almost getting raped. It proves that you're at least desirable to someone. Maybe Andrew Ashton is just a little bit too rational for his own good. Not however where it concerns his best friend Sean Denham, scion of a political dynasty, and like him from a privileged background. There's only one problem: Sean is straight. Of course he is.

Being born into money was up until now one of the smartest moves Andrew Nathaniel Ashton VII ever made. It keeps him free from worries about his future, earning a living and more of those trivialities, so he can dedicate himself to the really important things in life. Like getting laid.

In his society indentured servitude, commonly known as slavery, has been reintroduced for several, but mainly economical reasons. It doesn't bother him all that much. Slaves are kept on large farming corporations, in factories, in the backside of stores and such. Out of sight.

Andrew knows slavery exists, and he doesn't approve, but on the other hand, it is not as if he made the system what it is. Yes, there was this one time when it touched him personally, but what could he do about it? It is not as if slavery is ever going to become a personal issue, is it?

Andrew thinks the future, all in all, looks bright and carefree. He thinks he is about to find true love. He thinks he is safe.

He is wrong.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I will try to take you on a roller coaster from the smutty to the mushy. I will try to rip your guts out, but also your heart. I definitely want to make you cry, but I also hope to make you laugh once in a while. Sometimes I will paint you scenes of a very graphical nature, but there will be occasions that I will bring you to the very edge and leave it to your imagination to finish what, anyway, couldn't be stopped anymore. I want to touch your most sexual organ: your brain. What you do with your other sexual organs is of course your own affair.
I am a kind person, so I will not brutalize your mind from the very beginning. The first four, five chapters are relatively mild. Gradually however, the mood will darken and at a certain point events will take a sharp, nasty turn. You will need a strong stomach.
The story is set in a slightly alternative reality. Most of it you will recognize but a few things are different and those I have to explain at some length. Bear with me. Of course, feel free, if you must, to scan the chapters for smuttiness. But I suggest that your overall experience will be more rewarding if you let me lead you by the hand. Details and scenes that seem irrelevant might have their importance later on.
So, gentle reader, you can consider yourself to be duly warned. If I have succeeded in tickling your curiosity I invite you to download the free sample and read the first -- mild -- chapters.

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From the Back Cover

"There will be sex, though not as much as you might expect. There will be non-con, rape, physical and mental torture, extreme humiliation, domination and slavery. But there also will be romance, true love, loyalty and sincere friendship. There will be fiendish plots, betrayals and cruel destinies. But there also will be sweet revenge and healing redemption. And lots and lots of angst."

Product Details

  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ormidon Publishing; 1 edition (October 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A8ZVRA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining, emotional and thought provoking story. November 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is only the second YA story I've read and I really enjoyed it. Andrew Ashton is growing up in a world similar to ours but with one big difference, slavery is legal. He comes from a wealthy family although both he and his mother differ from the norm and are uncomfortable with the institution of slavery. The story follows him from the age of fourteen to eighteen with an epilogue that recaps the rest of his life. The author takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as Andrew experiences so much during that time including a near rape, loss of innocence both sexual and emotional, painful personal losses as well as new love.

There are themes in this book that may not be for everyone including very graphic details about the slavery system and the violence perpetrated on the enslaved as well as the sexual activity of under-aged boys. I myself had a problem reading the story and almost gave up on it but I'm so glad I kept at it. Even with my reservations I truly enjoyed reading Andrew's story. A Dish Served Cold is a well written story that does more than just entertain, it also makes you think. As the slavery issue was first being described it almost made a certain kind of sick sense. I could imagine just how easy it could be, once the first step is taken, to let it take on a life of it's own. Before long what starts out as a way to help both the economy and people becomes full fledged slavery in a very scary way.

Once I accepted that not everything in this story was going to be easy to read I became immersed in the events told mainly thru Andrew's eyes. The highs and lows, the good and bad, the beautiful moments and the ugly truths he learns all combined to make this an entertaining and thought provoking story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

PROS:
- Not all (well, not many at all) of the occurrences described in the book are pleasant, but they're all described WELL--not necessarily in terms of the amount of detail but in terms of the narrator's reaction to them. The book captures, for example, a spectrum of twisted, contradictory emotions that arise after the narrator falls victim to a sexual crime.
- Ashling does a good job of creating a futuristic world that's foreign without being science-fictiony. There are developments in the story that don't exist in contemporary society, but they're logical progressions of our current state of affairs, so it didn't take much suspension of disbelief to believe that a world like this could really exist someday. Even as I read parts of the story with horror, I admired the author's ability to weave a complex plot with an incredibly elaborate backstory. There's a lot of (fictitious) legal webbing in the story, and it all seemed very well thought out to me.
- There's a touching love story woven in with all the unpleasantness.
- Some of the narrator's comments are very funny in an off-handed way. This is one of my favorites: "By real sex I meant two people taking ample time to enjoy each other, preferably after an intensely romantic but very short courtship. Let's say, an evening."
- I very much admired several of the characters. The narrator, of course, is one; but I also really liked several of his friends. Ashling characterizes succinctly, giving just enough information to create a solid picture of what kind of person the character is without dwelling too much on details.

CONS:
- I found it incredibly difficult to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ IT RIGHT NOW!! April 14, 2011
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I read this book about three weeks ago. I didn't write a review about it because I suck at it but it's been bothering me because this book deserves a review by everyone who reads it.There is enough info in the other reviews about what it is about so I'll just tell you how I feel about it. I read at least one or more books a day depending on length.(It's amazing how much time you have when you stop cleaning your house, I recommend it to everyone). Anyhow, I have read over 600 m/m books.When you read that many books sometimes you can't recall what a book was about even if you read it just a month ago.Well I will be on my death bed(FYI-that should be a really long time from now)and I will remember every event in this book. Yeah, it's like that.Will you enjoy this book? Well maybe not, but you will NOT be disappointed or regret reading it. Hurry up and buy it already!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that lingers February 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A DISH SERVED COLD is one of those stories that can push buttons with the readers. For me it pushed all the right buttons. At the foundation of this world there's a slavery system that is born from trying to do good but gradually disintegrated into a full-fledged game of corrupt power play. It challenged my morals, it engaged a spectrum of emotions and from start to finish the author held me riveted to the pages what was to befall the main protag; Andrew.

Andrew was a normal teenager of fifteen years old; hormones raging, spending all his time with a few good friends and living a privileged life of the rich. Even though it all started a bit as an easy-to-read coming of age story where crushes and struggles were the main events, it slowly turned more serious and edgier. Andrew was confronted with problems that challenged his own outlook on life and I was fascinated by the internal dilemma's it presented. As the story progressed he grew in to a character of depth because what was right and what was wrong? I love complex characters or situations and Andrew Ashling definitely searched for the boundaries.

Personally, I don't think I will forget chapter ten anytime soon. In it a conversation took place that conveyed such details that it shocked my emotions in an uproar of anger and fear. I was preparing for a lot but the author managed to deliver a surprising plot point which kept me on the edge of my seat. The authors writing and characters kept me immersed in all that was going on and felt. Because, whether friend or foe, each character added a distinct voice to the overall story.

I thought the budding romance intense and in the end well rounded but I could have used more one on one time between Andrew and his love interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars fine
It was a unique story, not my cup of tea. But the writing was well done.
I'll continue to read Andrew's books. Just be more careful reading the blurbs.
Published 1 month ago by goodel
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tale
The story line and some of the scenes described would be distasteful to many people it includes the fantasies of a rather strange homosexual mind. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars A picture of the lover, the fighter, the plotter and his escapades.
This was the only Andrew Ashling book that I had not read, so it was an obvious choice since I love his stuff. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert S. Tyler
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs An Editor
A Dished Served Cold by Andrew Ashling should have been rewritten or had an editor to review it. The book is riddled with major grammar mistakes, which is very distracting from... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J.A. Gousse
3.0 out of 5 stars Speculative Slavery
This wasn't exactly the story I was expecting, so my reaction and review of it may be colored by that. Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Michael Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice balance of plot and erotic scenes
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I was far into the book before I realized it was science fiction. The plot held my interest throughout the book, and I was kept tense by my... Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Boulder Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain nasty.
This book is.........just plain nasty. The pseudo appendices at the back of the book try to give this story a nonfiction, documentary style of authenticity. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by Xanthosia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Was impressed, it is a nice read if you can tolerate fantasy mixed in with pleasurable reading, worth the price tag.
Published on October 29, 2011 by gambitor22
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
The book really held my interest and could not put it down. good story line that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Published on September 17, 2011 by murphydog
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, powerful and devastating
4.5 out of 5 stars. An utterly intense read - at times, my stomach was tied in knots thinking of what might happen next. Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by Shira Anthony
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My current project is the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series. By now there are several volumes. Not certain if you want to invest that much time and money in a long, epic series? Individual book samples too short? To help you decide the first twelve chapters (60,000+ words) of Bonds of Hate, the first book, are online as a free read. Paste this link in your browser: http://www.ximerion.com/bf-azbp
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I started writing in January 2009, mainly gay, m/m, slash, yaoi stories. I suppose, with a few exceptions, I should call them novels really.
I have no great literary ambitions. I just tell stories, and I try to do it as good as I can, hoping other people will enjoy reading them.
Most of them have explicit scenes in them, often of a rather kinky nature. But they're only the raisins in the pudding, because -- as I already said -- I actually enjoy telling stories. That means there always is a plot, or, more often, several plots.
I love exploring what makes people tick, what makes them do the often quirky things they do. Also, I enjoy playing with expectations, boundaries, taboos even.



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