Squire William Raven has only one goal: to finally receive his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns from a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.
After Sir Robert's return, noble guests arrive from France, bringing intrigue to the castle. William is oblivious to the politics, as he's distracted by nightly visits from a faceless lover, a man who pleasures him in the dark and then leaves, a man he soon discovers is none other than his master, Sir Robert.
But William can't ignore the scheming around him when he overhears a plot to murder Robert. He becomes intent on saving his lord and lover from those who would see him killed....
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This audiobook is at a higher rank of quality than what I've heard so far. There's a side plot with this and it gels well with the juicy parts. The description is great and the narration and narrative easy to listen through.
William Raven is my favourite character. He is the protagonist and I feel I related more to him due to age than any of the other characters.
He is able to distinguish different characters with different accents and pitches. He was able to imitate Steven in a way that reminded me of a friend of similar personality. He was able to portray Robert as a respectable figure to look up to. And his French accents, at times were a bit hard to follow as is true with the story's intent of a strong French accent.
It brought me back to my childhood where I would fantasise about being a squire/knight. It didn't really make me laugh or cry but it made me blush (to think if a lesser reaction).
Liked the audiobook art as it represents the visual.
The story is well-rounded. The length is what I would consider as an episode. There could be more and I wish there was more but as it is, it is good just as well.
"One of the worst mm romances I've come across"
I have no idea, someone who reads a book for the sex... The characters were sketchy at best, the story was almost non-existent and the romance was so meh, I can't say I thought I took it as a real romance.
Improve the characters, give them more personality, make the story more engaging and the romance more convincing.
The audio narrator was terrible throughout but exceeded himself even further with an unbelievably fake French accents, which sounded more like drunken Russian and indistinguishable English accents for the characters. I almost threw my iPod when I heard his voice for William. The supposed lion sounded like a twink who's put extra effort to sound even more effeminate than required!
It was really short!
"Very well made and entertaining story"
I haven't read the print version. I don't think that can be said, because if an audio book is good it had to be because the narrator AND the story is good.
Hard to compare, i don't read too much historical books and the ones i had, this was very different from them. I can't think of any book i can compare it to.
No, This is the first book i listen to from this narrator.
I guess the moment when an important part of the plot was settle was the best, but i can't say more without spoilers
Yes, it was a nice book. I liked the historical elements of it. It might not be the most romantic book i've read but it was very nice. I liked the narrator too, but at times it was hard to understand the change of characters, but after a few minutes of listening, i was more used to the change of voices and it was better.
"Great premise, but disappointing."
I would not try another book with Philip Rose as narrator. His performance ruined the book for me.
I have not listen to books by Voinov or Cotoner before.
"Great change of pace"
The story was captivating and ended all too soon.
I really enjoyed the development of the main character. The character had long term goals beyond the relationship.
"not my favorite"
This could be an interesting book for someone who enjoys period pieces. I haven't managed to listen to it all and I have had it for a while. The narrator is great and easy to listen to, but I just don't enjoy the period piece flavor. It would be a great book if you enjoy historical pieces.
"Good for the price"
I got this on sale. So very good historic m/m romance. If you are not into m/m romance then don't get this... but if you are.... you will enjoy it. A very quick listen though. I think it could have been longer actually.
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