Sometimes there’s a difference between duty and doing what’s right. And sometimes doing what’s right comes with a high price.
Every aspasian at Asiq adores the handsome peacekeeper Resan—all except for Arin. While the other workers vie for Resan’s attention, Arin avoids him at all costs, which rouses Resan’s suspicion. When he discovers Arin is a runaway slave, Resan is bound by law to return him to his master. It is only later that Resan realizes what he’s done. Arin’s owner bought him at twelve, married him, and not only violated Arin himself, but loaned him out to his friends. Resan has returned him to a life of rape and abuse, and now he must make a decision: free Arin and abandon the oaths he swore as a peacekeeper, or leave him to languish and abandon his own conscience and heart.
There are heartbreaking story’s, mystical story’s, life changing story’s and funny ones. This falls into the first category, on a different planet in a time not our own, slaves and owners police and bounty hunters all survive doing what they must.
Arin is struggling to survive as an escaped slave, he is not broken yet walks a fine line. He believes that he made the right choice in running away. I feel in love with him as the story goes on. A brave and yet not arrogant man. When life falls apart he knows this is the end for him. Slave loaned out for anyone’s pleasure at his husband’s demands.
Resan, a peacekeeper, is drawn to Arin, however when he finds out just what little Arin is hiding he does his job. Resan is an honorable man and doesn’t understand people who abuse others for the fun of it. Resan soon understands how much he has to loose when Arin is gone.
I was very impressedwith this story and the characters. All well thought out and just pulled me into their lives. I felt that the story was moving and loved the way it was told.