4 Stars for Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth – #MM Romance #Historical @KaylaJameth

A Spartan Love-final

Title: A Spartan Love
Author Name: Kayla Jameth

Synopsis

Alone, Andreas toils on a remote farmstead for a Spartan overlord. When a kryptes enters his world, Andreas fears for his life. The dread warriors stalk and kill helots—like Andreas’ father—as part of their training.

Andreas sees only one way to save himself: he must tame the fearsome warrior.

But what began as self-preservation develops into attraction. Yearning for the company of someone other than his ferret Ictis, Andreas decides to trust the Spartan warrior and risk the fate that claimed his father.

Born to rule by the sword, Theron sees the world as his and acts accordingly, taking everything Andreas offers and reaching for more. However, love between men in Sparta is considered shameful and requires either exile or suicide to redeem Sparta’s honor. Now, only the gods can save them from the terrible price Sparta extracts from men who desire other men.

Review

FourStars

This epic period piece captivated me and took me into Classical antiquity through the lens of two yearning men struggling to rise above their era. I was expecting a historical setting half-assed for the sake of sexual allure, which I’ve experienced in the past, but this was the opposite.
Oh, the sex was hot, and plentiful, and developed with a lovely slow burn. But it’s interspersed with goat herding (not a euphemism), Spartan intrigues, adorable ferret antics (not a euphemism), and the Greek Gods themselves.
This book is well-researched and yet the story is not exposition, but experiential. Okay, I feel like I’m describing what the book is not. Whatever negative connotations might come along with the somewhat shallow title (or is that just me?) they will be dispelled immediately.
The book IS a lovely love story between two young, strapping men of great physical prowess and thoughtful introspection. Antiquity is well-represented, but I want more. I’m encouraged that this is listed as part of a series. Onward!
C.E. Case

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Excerpt

This time when Andreas opened his eyes he wasn’t surprised to see Theron in the dim light from the dying coals in the brazier. Was it possible to become used to something this miraculous? How was he supposed to deal with it when Theron improved and left him?

Theron stirred in his arms, making sleepy little noises and tugging Andreas’ arm tighter around his bare chest. Andreas froze. Was he waking up? How would he react to being in Andreas’ embrace? Wasn’t this something usually reserved for lovers?

They weren’t lovers. Never could be. But the longer Theron stayed, the more Andreas wished for. He wanted Theron more than was good for either of them. It was much too late now for Theron to leave without taking a bit of Andreas with him. Every instinct warned Andreas to keep this man at arm’s length, but his body kept betraying him.

But did Theron want him as much? Or was he happy with whatever they could seize?

Theron rolled over onto his belly with Andreas’ arm still tightly in his grip, dragging Andreas half atop his back. Andreas lay with his head pillowed on Theron’s shoulder.

The warm comforting scent of another human surrounded him, working its magic. Andreas sank against Theron and closed his eyes. He could dream they would be together forever even if that could never happen in reality

AuthorBio

Kayla Jameth grew up on the family farm in Ohio, baling hay, raising cattle, and making maple syrup. An unrepentant tomboy, her father taught her to weld before she graduated from high school.

She attended Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and later, Texas A&M University in her pursuit of veterinary medicine, taking her farther away from her rural roots. You can transplant the county girl, but you can’t make her a city slicker. Besides, it was only going to be for a little while, right?

But it wasn’t all hard work for Kayla, her sojourn as the princess of the Celestial Kingdom left her with the title sir and a costume closet the envy of many knights, lords, and ladies. See? She does have some ladylike qualities complete with the title of Lady to back it up.

After declaring for years that she was just a veterinarian who wrote not an author, Kayla now finds herself living in Spring, Texas (practically Houston) and writing m/m erotic romance. The location is probably a bigger surprise than the genre. Never the kind of girl to discuss makeup and clothing designers, she would rather be outside getting dirty with the boys.

Kayla shares her home with a cat, two guinea pigs, a gerbil, three guppies, a husband and a son and daughter.

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