Author Name & Publisher: Kim Fielding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 3, 2012 – 270 pgs
Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.
Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.
As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.
This review is for the audiobook, read by K.C. Kelly.
Brute is an engaging, moving, and romantic story. This book is read beautifully by K.C. Kelly who really brings the story to life.
This story has a unique premise, and it had me immediately engaged. The characters are well developed and easy to love. The story of Brute’s life is very powerful and moving, and his compassion and bravery shine through. Gray is resilient and strong. Their romance is sweet and also heartbreaking at times.
The sex scenes are well written and passionate, but I wouldn’t recommend this for someone looking for a highly erotic story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for strong fantasy genre M/M romance.
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.
All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.