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Maze of Desire by Helen Atreya
Phaedra’s father is the wealthiest merchant in Athens. She wants for nothing, except freedom. Like all upper class women in her culture, she is shut away from the eyes of the public at all times. She is her father’s property until she weds, at which point she becomes the property of her husband. In Phaedra’s case, her husband is to be Theseus, duke of Athens and heir to the throne of the city-state.
Once she is wed, she will no longer have even the sun and fresh air of the courtyard at her father’s house. So on her wedding day to a man she has never met, she connives with a loyal servant to disguise herself as a man and enjoy one last hour out of doors.
To her horror, the ruse is discovered by the one man whose ire she can least afford to provoke – the handsome and powerful Duke Theseus himself. Outraged at Phaedra’s complete lapse of morality, he refuses to marry her. He then condemns her to be part of Athens’ annual tribute, and sacrificed to the minotaur of Crete.
The unfortunate young woman is summarily packed off on a ship and deposited, along with thirteen other young people, at the gate of the labyrinth. The only way out is through, and Phaedra volunteers to go first.
No one believes the stories about a man with a bull’s head, but Phaedra discovers that the myth is true, and that the terrifying-looking creature has a soft side. In contrast to the beastliness of Theseus, Asterion, the minotaur, treats her with great kindness. Much to Phaedra’s surprise and delight, however, that kindness often is spiced with punishment that excites and enflames her youthful passion.
Let Slip the Dogs by Devlin O’Neill
How much trouble would you be in if your dog could talk? We tell our dogs everything, don’t we? They watch us all the time.
Dogs do talk to Clewt Kreshkopf, citizen of Devlin O’Neill’s world, Neverwasnia. Clewt is a dog- walker, and he is not shy about using the information he gleans from the dogs he walks to sort out misbehavior by the ladies who pay him to take their animals out to the park every day.
How does he do that? Have you ever thought your children might have been raised by wild dogs? Clewt, in fact, was, so he speaks the dogs’ language, much to the chagrin, but also the delight, of his clients. These are ladies who know that they need a frequent sorting out of the kind that leaves their bottoms quite rosy and stinging, and Clewt is happy to oblige in this way.
He’s quite satisfied with his regulated, somewhat unusual life, until he discovers that a new, rival dog-walker is encroaching on his turf. Cally is young and pretty, and refuses to let Clewt boss her around – to his equal chagrin and fascination…
Come with us, then, on a voyage of discovery. You can find Clewt’s tale of rescue, romance, and redemption in the pages of Let Slip the Dogs.
Dadzilla by Sam Kritzer
Aaron and Peter are happily married and want to start a family. The road to adoption is filled with ups and downs. Aaron has a bit more trouble dealing with the downs than Peter does, but his stern husband is there to help Aaron – whether the impulsive partner needs a trip over his knee or a cuddle on his lap.
Many times over, Aaron lets the desperation for a family get to him. The ongoing adoption trials and tribulations do not sit well when he is already prone to reacting in anger.
Will Peter be able to keep him in line with a firm hand to his bare bottom when needed?
In the end, despite the sadness and heartbreak the two experiences on the long road – will they find it worth it all when they finally bring their baby home?
Or – will Aaron’s temper cost the couple the child they desperately long for?
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