Monday, December 15, 2008

Kirsten Saell - Emissaries of Belthalas

I finished Kirsten Saell's last book, Bound by Steel. I really, really like her stuff. Of course the f/f that is in them is a nice addition. Now after reading three of her books and having that aspect in them, I must say I don't understand why a woman would not want to read about two women getting down and dirty but would want to read m/m!

Crossing Swords
Emissarries of Belthalas Book 1

Publication Date - March 2008


One duel. Easy money. Then Gil fell for his opponent.

A straight duel to the death. A professional opponent who’s paying him to win. This was going to be the easiest money Gil had ever earned. Except he never counted on his opponent being a woman. And he never counted on falling for her.

After avenging the brutal murder of her lover, all Lianon wants is to die a clean death. Too bad the man she hired doesn’t do women, and he’s furious over her deception. Not only does he renege on their contract, he has the gall to lock her up in his apartment—naked, no less!—to punish her for her ruse.

If she could just get her mind out of the gutter, she’d cut him a new smile. But ever since he saw through her boy’s clothes, all she can think about is getting him naked, too.

But just when she’s found something to live for, the father of her lover’s murderer surfaces. He wants Lianon to die screaming—and he’s all too happy to take Gil down with her.

The f/f was very minor in Crossing Swords, where as in Bound by Steel it is what drives the relationship triangle between the three they interact and grow to accept and adjust to having another woman in the mix. It's very good and extremely well written.

Crossing Swords and Bound by Steel are tied tightly together. The events that happen in Crossing Swords are expanded on in the sequel, Bound by Steel. There is some quite graphic moments of rape, but nothing that was too awful to read, but it was certainly enough to wince over. I think the way
Kirsten Saell explored the after affects of the traumatic experience Kaela suffered in Crossing Swords in Bound by Steel were extremely believable. First with her pleasures with another woman, growing to accept that her body can have sexual gratification. I liked that it was explored with Lianon. Then slowly adding incidents with Gil, until Kaela felt comfortable with another man.

Gil displayed remarkable strength and resistance to what he truly wanted from Kaela. I loved Gil's insecurities with respect to his feelings when Lianon confided her feelings to him about Kaela. He didn't over react but neither did he become jealous. He did question how Lianon could love both of them and since Lianon had previously been married to a woman, would she still find it in her heart to love him if Kaela should accept Lianon's advances and her love and love her back. There were no moments of discouragement where I felt one was left out, or that one's feelings were unintentionally hurt. The three complimented each other perfectly.

I said it before when I posted about
Healer's Touch, I really like Ms. Saell's writing and will continue to follow her work! Now I wonder how long I have to wait for something new? :). I would recommend these to anyone who doesn't mind reading some not so light moments, and also who doesn't mind some very well described f/f scenes--:wink:! However, I prefer the scenes with Gil, whether he is watching or Kaela is watching. I like having the man involved in some way. No, I shouldn't say that, because I very much liked the scenes before Gil was involved. Oh heck, I loved all the scenes they were together, either just two or all three. they were all good. The depth of the relationship between Gil, Lianon and Kaela was extremely well thought out and very satisfying. The plot, the characters, their relatioships and interactions were wonderful, making both Crossing Swords and Bound by Steel highly engaging reads.

Bound by Steel
Emissaries of Belthalas, Book 2
Publication Date - October 2008
Buy Here at Samhain.

A night of brutality destroyed her innocence…can the love of two people heal her wounded spirit?

“I’ve been thinking about Kaela…”

There they are—the words that lead Gil to suspect his wife Lianon is falling in love with Kaela, the beautiful, traumatized young woman they rescued from certain death six months ago. Gil has no idea how to compete with a woman for his wife’s affections, and part of him ceases to care as Kaela begins to work her way under his skin.

Kaela’s sweet innocence fills a chasm in Lianon’s soul she hadn’t even realized was there. As she gently helps Kaela rebuild her shattered confidence, Lianon begins to believe healing the young woman’s wounded spirit could be the key to wholeness for all three of them. If Gil agrees to follow her lead and help Kaela discover her own feminine power.

But even as they all succumb to their growing desire, Gil and Lianon are drawn against their will back into the intrigues and vendettas of Belthalas’ elite. With Lianon’s life at stake, Gil must weave a dangerous path between one adversary’s ambition and another’s lust for vengeance.

Success will save Lianon…but could cost them Kaela.

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