Henry Blackwell is the happiest he’s ever been, and it’s all because of his companion slave Martin. Every experience, whether it be mundane or spectacular, is improved by having Martin at his side. The better Henry gets to know his slave, the deeper his feelings grow. Though the physical attraction between them is undeniable, Henry’s sure there’s more to their relationship than just sex. He can’t be certain, as it’s never happened before, but he believes he might be falling in love.
Henry’s friends are ready and willing to put their own slaves aside in favor of female companionship, and they’re beginning to wonder why Henry isn’t interested in girls. Henry only wants to be with Martin and doesn’t know how much longer he can use “late bloomer” as an excuse. The holiday season approaches, along with the promise of parties with friends and family. Henry doesn’t want to share Martin with his friends, but he doesn’t like being left out. Will he stand up for himself—and Martin—when it counts?
I have to say, I was so looking forward to this book after reading the blurb! While I knew how Henry really felt towards Martin, I was wondering how he was going to play it off with his friends.
This book started out with a bang, I suppose you can say. With the meeting that happened with Henry, his father and Timothy, I was almost in tears. Which, while normally I say that’s a good thing that an author can move me to tears, I wasn’t prepared for it to happen so quickly.
Glass once again blew me away with this story. While the novel is long, it didn’t feel like that at all while reading it. I was so drawn into the story and the world that Glass created, that I didn’t even pay attention to the page count.
I do want to add this though, if one of your holdbacks on reading this series is the size of the novels, trust me – completely worth it! This is not like other long novels where it seems to be filled with unneeded sex scenes, or just extra information that was not needed, but it all added to the story.
Also, I want to admit that I really enjoyed the “story time” that Martin and Henry had together. At the beginning of the story being introduced, I was a bit unsure how I felt about it. But as the story progressed, I loved that little bit that was added. And I love that Glass kept it going. That was part of what drew the two of them together, and I really enjoy how it was still going strong throughout this book.
I do not feel as though this is a standalone book. While I can see you reading it and being able to understand what is going on, you would miss out on so much of the beginning of the relationship between Henry and Martin.
Once again, I can’t get enough of this series and I can’t wait to read more!
It’s a season for celebration, and Martin is falling in love. Henry has always been adamant he won’t share Martin with any other master, but when Henry accepts an invitation to a friend’s New Year’s Eve party, Martin wonders if Henry has changed his mind. Certain that this will turn out to be one of the masters’ notorious swapping parties, Martin resolves to do whatever Henry asks of him, with whoever Henry chooses, without question. But faced with the idea of Henry being intimate with any other slave, Martin despairs, wanting Henry all to himself. A good slave would never ask for a master’s fidelity, but that’s just what Martin wants to do.
Now, I do have to admit, I read this novella before I had read book 1 or book 2. I had the novellas on my kindle already and once I finished 0.5 (A Superior Slave) I jumped right into this book.
Taking that into account, I was a bit confused about what was going on, but that did not damper my excitement for reading this story. I loved how it was in Martin’s POV, and I think that Glass did a great job at picking which “scene” to have from his viewpoint. This scene was an important one during the second book in the series, (A Proper Lover), and I did enjoy how we were able to see it from Martin’s viewpoint.
I especially love these little insights into what is going on in his head because to be honest, while reading the full-length novels, you don’t really get a complete grasp and understanding on how Martin truly feels. But in this novella, we were completely able to find out how he feels.
Overall, I just can’t get enough of this series and I can’t wait to read more into it! Trust me, if you’re looking for a great series, this is the one for you!