Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spoils of War by Helena Mauve

Title: Spoil of War
Author: Helena Mauve
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre and Pairing: MM,MMM Scifi,
Pages : 57
Reviewer Name: Redz
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Publisher Blurb
One man’s prize is another’s nightmare.

When Briar’s partner Kai returns from the Federation’s latest skirmish with a handsome prisoner in tow, Briar is both envious and wary. It is common knowledge that the tribespeople of Ganymede are violent brutes who delight in murdering and enslaving their enemies, and Dallan can be no different.

As an officer with the Federation’s propaganda machine, Briar has produced plenty of material to substantiate the need to wage war in the asteroid belt. Kai, for his part, has slayed many enemies while on active duty and watched just as many of his friends perish in combat.

For a foe to save rather than end his life is unusual in the extreme. Sparing him the horrors of a prison camp seems like a fair exchange, even if the only alternative he can offer is thraldom.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released as part of the Brothers in Arms anthology with Pride Publishing.

General Release Date: 28th February 2017

Spoil of War by Helen Mauve was a very interesting read. What I found hard to accept though in this story is the threesome. Briar has been waiting for his man to come home. He loves Kai and they are partners. Kai brings home Dallan, and then the weirdness starts.
Kai to me was very insensitive the way he did things. It also made Briar sound shallow in his feelings for Kai. I just felt Kai himself was a very under developed character and this story really suffered for that.
Dallan is Kai's prisoner. Dallan used to be a pirate. His release is pending approval. He tries from day one to seduce Briar.
Briar is more than annoyed that Dallan is thrust upon him. He didn't want a third and doesn't want a slave.
Top it all all Kai ends up going away again leaving the two men alone while he attends buisness.
Briar is left with a man who is constantly throwing himself at him. Things go south and Kai ends up losing his job.
Over all I thought Kai was a jerk for not telling Briar why he wanted Dallan in the first place. I never really got over that feeling. Kai really needs to learn to use his words for me to like him more.
Over all an okay read if you can ignore one of the characters and just focus on Dallan and Briar. For me not a read I would want to read again. 
                             Three Red Stars

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