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SA Meade - Tournament of Shadows
Author: SA Meade
Length: 55,000 words
In a shadowy game where defeat can mean death, a deal with the enemy can change things forever.
In 1842, Captain Gabriel O’Riordan of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars is sent on a
mission to Bukhara. His task—to try to free two of his compatriots from the clutches of a mentally unstable Emir. On his way, he encounters Valentin Yakolev, an officer in the Russian Army, who is also on a mission—to persuade the Emir that an alliance with Russia would be in his best interest. Gabriel, disguised as a holy man, is not happy to be the object of Yakolev’s intense scrutiny. After all, he’s working for the opposing team in the Great Game being played between their two nations. When Gabriel realises that his mission is little more than a forlorn hope, a game he has no chance of winning, he’s desperate enough to turn to Valentin for help and offers him anything in return. What he doesn’t expect is to have his plans to return to Calcutta scuppered by events.
Instead, he and Valentin flee north, fighting off bandits, their desire for each other and the hardship of desert travel. Their travails bring them closer together until a secret from Valentin’s past tears them apart.
Can they set the past behind them and move on together?
S.A. Laybourn lives in Wiltshire with her son and two needy cats. She works as a freelance editor and sometimes writes stories. Her alter-ego S.A. Meade writes gay romance. She loves cooking, reading, gin and tonic and the occasional glass of wine. She is not terribly domesticated and has trouble finding things that she thought she’d put in a ‘safe’ place.
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Intrigue, spies, and forbidden love we're all a part of S.A. Meade's book Tournament of Shadows. Gabriel and Valentin found themselves in a precarious position as they capitulated to the duties of their respective countries and then the newfound calling to each other.
Ms. Meade delivered a beautifully written tale in an auspicious time period with nefarious characters. Gabriel and Valentin were larger than life characters with thriving personalities. I adored them. My heart opened to each of them and hurt when they hurt. Ms. Meade conveyed emotional upheaval as the men circumnavigated and overlapped their lives.
The descriptors brought the tale to life and was obviously well-researched. I pictured the horrors the men succumbed to and the necessity to traverse the open sands of the still newly navigable world to reach home and hearth. Distraught and emotional spent, the tortured souls persevered until the only imaginable solution stood in their wake.
Ms. Meade’s inspirational writing conveyed all things possible in a well- accounted story.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review
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