**ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
So, I will be the first to admit that I read lots of books, many of them of the cheesy romance/erotica genre, shamelessly. When I saw this book, it definitely appealed to me for that reason. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it had a decent plot line. I loved the idea of concubines, sexual slavery (yet everything in this book was consensual, don't worry) with a bit of mystical powers thrown in. I haven't read many books like this before, that is, this type of historical romance (it is generally all about the highlanders for some reason) but I did thoroughly enjoy it.
Nimia, a girl who was captured and put into slavery (slavery grooming her to become a concubine of course) wants nothing more than her freedom, but also crazy hot sex with her master. Her wishes are pretty conflicting, but the author definitely made it work. Nimia was a three dimensional character, changing slightly during the book, enough to keep me interested. She is not some helpless bimbo stuck forever in thinking that she needs a knight in shining armor. Her master is kind to her, teaching her lessons about how sex works and how to please a man and that she can become aroused even when she doesn't think she will (hell yes these lessons were sexy...more please). Now throw in Clovis, a man that is most definitely not Nimia's master, but someone she lusts after anyway. This created a pretty hot love triangle for Nimia (I was totally hoping for a threesome, but sadly this did not happen...) to figure out. No spoilers, but after Clovis comes into play, shit hits the fan, and Nimia is screwed (literally). She and Terix, a male sex slave she considers family, end up getting out of it (I really, really want there to be sex between the two of them in the next book) and there the book ends. A bit of a cliffhanger, leaving me wanting to read the next book.
I really did like this book. It flowed well, instead of jumping around from place to place. Questions were raised, and not answered, but kept the story intriguing. The author did a great job pulling me in, but keeping the book hot and steamy as well. Overall, this was a pretty good book, can't wait until the next one comes out.