Author Name: Xavier Axelson
Publication Date & Length: October 26, 2012
The first novel from Xavier Axelson is set against a backdrop of decadence, privilege, and intrigue. Virago, the royal tailor, makes a discovery that will test the bonds of brotherhood, unravel the forbidden secrets of his heart and threaten the very fabric of his existence.
In a land where cruelty is disguised as allegiance, loyalty is masked by obligation and the laws of sumptuary govern the people, nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.
Velvet is a quick romance. I covered it in an afternoon. It’s a historical/fantasy romance, and rather sexy, with good characters. The setting itself was thin. Bring your own imagination. It fits in nicely with the court intrigue of Game of Thrones.
Virago is a court tailor. He serves a prince, Duir, who is about to become king. Virago is secretly homosexual, which is uber illegal in this part of the world, and has never acted on it. But I guess that makes him a fashion expert. (Just kidding, that connection isn’t apparent, nor is he flamboyant.)
He meets a Bard who sweeps him off his feet and out of his mind. The pressures of his work increase. There are some plot revelations that keep things interesting. Mostly, Xavier Axelson is mainly an erotic writer. That’s where he excels.
All in all, a fun, short read, but not life-changing.
~C. E. Case
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