CHOICES by Grace R. Duncan
Choices by Grace R. Duncan
Reviewed by Lisa
Gypsy thieves by trade Teman ibn Basara and Jasim ibn Janem figured out too late that the theft they were hired for was a set up. Captured by the Palace Guard red handed the pair are headed straight for the dungeon.
In the year 1095 criminals in the city of Neyem typically die before being released from the Palace dungeon. Luckily for the best friends since childhood the Captain of the Guard takes pity and gives them the choice of the dungeon or becoming pleasure slaves in the Palace where they will be trained for sexual servitude. Brought before their ruler, the Malik Mukesh for approval Teman is quick to realize the royal has a cruel streak that borders on sadism.
Fully trained they serve at the whims of royalty each day and when it’s Teman’s turn for a night with the Malik his insight proves right, most painfully. Even so, days later when attending a banquet as part of the decorations Teman’s fast thinking stops an assassination attempt at the Malik and his oldest son Amir Bathasar.
The Amir requests Teman for the night and the slave learns that the son is nothing like his father in personality or morals. Night after night Bathasar calls the slave to his bed while Jasim spends his time in the arms of a female ruler of a bordering nation. As the Malik sinks further into debauchery a plan forms to rid the kingdom of his perversions. Teman finds himself in the middle of a royal intrigue knowing he will do anything for the man he loves, Bathasar. And the feeling is mutual.
Depending on the decisions made, Choices takes the characters down to the depths of hell or to the gates of heaven. This is an ancient tale of a kingdom run by a Sultan sinking into madness, a son whose hands are tied by law, and the slave he falls in love with, Tamen. The gypsys’ arrival is the catalyst for change. Vivid descriptive detail of a time gone by gives Choices the perfect setting. Extremely erotic with a definite BDSM flavor adds to the overall plotline. Incredibly sensual, lush with drama and suspense, Choices is a treat for the senses.