Captain Theodore Hedgeford was once the Adonis of his cavalry unit. A devastating injury at Waterloo leaves him disfigured, and earns him a new nickname: Caliban. His lover abandons him, leaving Theo to suffer through his recovery alone. Determined to protect his heart from further pain, Theo finds his vow challenged by a not-so-chance encounter with cavalry groom Robin Thornfield. Unprecedented sexual pleasure and the comfort Rob provides wars with the humiliation of being unable to care for himself.
Robin Thornfield has longed to be by Theo’s side since Rob was a groom for their cavalry unit. Undaunted by Hedgeford’s devastating injuries, Rob takes the position of valet and sets about making himself indispensable. He is determined to provide for all of Theo’s needs: physical, emotional, and sexual. When Theo’s former lover returns with blackmail on his mind, Rob knows he must protect both Theo and their newly discovered love.
I loved Caliban. I’ll state that straight off. We have Theo, who fought against the French and came back with severe injuries including a bad leg and a missing testicle. Then there’s Haverly, whom Theo has loved since he was a child, but who is in love with a woman. And then there’s Rob, who Haverly asks to work for Theo as his valet.
I loved the feel of the story. The pain that Theo was in, not just from his injury, but from his pride because he not only couldn’t do anything he used to do, but felt the ridicule from others for his appearance. I liked how forward Rob was, how he didn’t back down, and how he loved the man Theo was, and didn’t judge him on his appearance.
For me, the downsides of the book were tiny. The ending was a bit cheesy and, and this was something that jerked me out of the story every time I saw it, the term ‘his ball’ which showed up from time to time. Now I know that technically he only had one ball left. For some reason whenever ‘his ball’ would show up instead of ‘his balls’, it sounded so strange that it would jerk me out of the story.
Ordinarily that alone would have lowered the rating, but I enjoyed the story tremendously and while I would have loved to see Rob & Theo investigate kink more, this is a book I want to reread which puts it in the 5 star category for me.