Choices by Grace R. Duncan

A big welcome to Grace Duncan as part of her release of Choices.

What is freedom to you? How would you define it?

As a hayim—a wanderer—Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire—until they’re caught. Given the choice between an inescapable lifetime dungeon sentence or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.

Crown Amir Bathasar doesn’t want the throne. When Teman saves his life, Bathasar requests the intriguing slave—a first, given his disdain for slavery. He quickly falls for Teman who returns the feelings, but their fledgling relationship is strained when Bathasar’s sadistic father Mukesh demands Teman. Bathasar cannot refuse and must sit and watch as Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court. When the empress of a neighboring nation is outraged at Teman’s treatment, Mukesh gifts her Jasim and Teman’s hopes of escaping with his best friend vanish. With Jasim gone, Teman chooses to stay with Bathasar, despite the abuse he may suffer.

When they discover Mukesh’s plans to invade Jasim’s new country, it’s up to Bathasar to find a way to stop the destruction. If he succeeds—and ascends to the throne—he’ll have the power to let Teman go. And Teman will accept—his free spirit demands it. But perhaps love is a little stronger and Teman will find the wisdom to make the right choice.

Historical BDSM
380 pages – 167,000 words
Cover Artist: Grace Duncan
Editor: Tricia Kristufek
#bdsm #gayromance #mmromance #pleasureslave #happilyeverafter #hea #friendstolovers #historicalromance

Current Edition (second) – Independently published – April 1, 2022
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Also available through Kindle Unlimited

Excerpt
TEMAN woke once during the night to discover the cage trying to contain an erection. His cock couldn’t actually get hard, but that didn’t keep it from trying, pulling uncomfortably on his balls in the process. He managed to adjust himself and get back to sleep. When next he woke, the discomfort was still there, but it was much brighter in the room, so he knew he’d managed to sleep through most of the night. He heard movement behind him, and glanced back to see Jasim awake as well.

“Morning,” his friend greeted him.

“Morning,” Teman said, then winced when he tried to move and the cage pulled on his balls again. Somewhere along the way, some of his hair had gotten caught too, and he felt that tugging. He adjusted as much as he could, then sat up and looked around.

The other slaves were also sitting up, and he had a chance to inspect them for the first time. There were some women and, though he couldn’t explain why, he was surprised to see they were as naked as the men. They wore metal belts of some sort that went around their waists and between their legs, and Teman realized it was a form of chastity for them. Aside from that, they wore the same collar and wrist cuffs. He caught that the other male slaves were clean-shaven around their cages. He noticed all of the other slaves wore an ankle bracelet with bells on them, as well. He puzzled over the question briefly but shoved off the thought, knowing he’d find out eventually, as he had more pressing concerns.

Like food. His stomach chose that moment to growl, and he wondered if or when they might be fed, and what kind of food he could expect. He glanced around to see the rest of the slaves start to get up and move toward the door, and he glanced over at Jasim to see his friend taking everything in like he was. “Should we….” he started, but that’s when they both saw Salehi come through the door.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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