- File Size: 982 KB
- Print Length: 219 pages
- Publisher: Siren Publishing (September 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KTZ0P2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Warrior, Stand Tall [The Iron Warrior 2] (Siren Publishing Classic ManLove) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Wynn finds himself plagued with feelings of shame and uncleanliness after the tragic incident that befell him in the first book. His body, though healing, betrays him in small ways and while Gristle helps him with this, it is the deeper pain that he finds difficult to speak of to his lover. Wynn realizes that Gristle is giving him time to speak on what is bothering him, but will he ever be able to reveal the truth if he himself is unsure of what happened during his captivity?
Gristle on the other hand is plagued by his inability to confess his love for Wynn, to Wynn. He is ashamed of his attitude upon finding Wynn missing and his subsequent behavior upon his lover's return. At a loss of how to make amends, he knows telling Wynn that he loves him would be a start. This sorrow is further angst-ridden because of his very real superstition that the goddess Fortuna allows one only so much happiness before she restores balance, by bestowing an equal amount of misery. As his fears fester, Gristle worries that the form of Fortuna's misery, will be Dubthach, the high ranking oollamh that counsels the king. Dubthach and his son Duane aided Wynn in his initial escape from his captors and Wynn constantly speaks of the man with great admiration... Surely this oollamh is waiting to steal Wynn from his arms; who would not be attracted to his beautiful, young, virile lover? And why would Wynn stay with him, when a man who is both a warrior and a great scholar, beckons?
Beautifully detailed, with lots of intriguing new adventures that capture the way of men in turbulent times, at its root, this is a story about the patience of genuine love. Of loving one's partner enough to allow them to reveal their hurts (real or imagined) in their own time. Of letting them know through gentle hints that they are supported and that someone is ready to listen when they are ready to open up.
Supporting characters from the previous book return, as well as a host of charismatic new characters, and justice is meted out multiple times. Among the many adventurous exploits, the boys finally get some idyllic alone time, which put me in the mind of "Brokeback Mountain". Wonderfully poignant and scorching hot, I daresay the little timeout was quite, um, honeymoon-like. As with the first book, the adventures and sex scenes are extremely well-paced and original, and the lovely romance between the two men is punctuated with amusing anecdotes, light banter, and steamy love-play. I enjoyed every minute of this enchanting sequel and both books of the Iron Warrior series will hold a special place on my Kindle, to be read again and again.
Thank you, Erin O'Quinn, I'm very happy to have discovered your books; to borrow a few words from your characters, "I love ye!"
This series recalls the kind of epic treatment, of painstakingly researched, richly textured details that bring a period of history to life, much the way Colleen McCullough does with her Masters of Rome series.
The politics of the time are intricate and subtle, a balancing act where the concerns of men are oft overridden by the land itself and the mythos that governs how the sparse populace adapts and prospers under trying conditions.
Britannia falls to outlaws as the Romans withdraw, leaving pockets of Roman resistance, the last bastion against incursions by Saxon hordes. One of these soldiers (who today might go by the term `sensei', a trainer in the martial arts) is `Gristle', a man too tough to chew and spit out. He is the central figure about whom all circle, yet he is a solitary creature, superstitious and wary of the vagaries of fate and what he calls `the bitch goddess Fortuna'.
He is the classic `strong, silent' type, keeping his feelings well-hidden as to not tempt fate. Yet he is a man capable of great passion, something he discovers when he rescues the young Tristus from overly amorous soldiers. Their unique bond of sexually charged friendship last less than a year and then Gristle's lover simply disappears, leaving the Roman soldier to rail against fate. It also sets him on a course that leads him to Caylith to whom he swears his troth (allegiance), following her and her band of immigrants to Hibernia and the promise of a new land, of hope and redemption under the aegis of the man known as Patrick.
Sorely wounded by Tristus' disappearance, Gristle finds solace with a young trainer of wild ponies, Wynn, a Welsh lad who carries an awkward history with the mercurial, headstrong Caylith. The past and present of each character is woven into a tapestry that enriches the narrative with a strong emotional content and invests the reader in the characters.
Book Two: Warrior, Stand Tall is solidly about the developing emotional attachment, then commitment, between two men who are damaged at very subtle levels. Their sexual encounters waver between tender and desperately demanding, with Wynn desiring increasing dominance over his lover and instructor. It makes for a fascinating dynamic because both are `men' through and through, not feminized in their feelings and their perspectives on the nature of love.
I liked Warrior: Stand Tall better because (and I will whisper this so as not to annoy fans) in Book One, Caylith's presence, her vision, her `leadership' if you will, dominated and tended to overwhelm the core love story of Gristle, Tristus and Wynn.
If you like historical romance, M/M and action-adventure, you need look no further. Five stars and a tip of a short sword to Erin O'Quinn for making post-Roman Britannia and Eire the next hot new historical period.
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