Today I am pleased to present Velvet by Xavier Axelson. Please be sure to check the other Tour Stops to see what others had to say. And be sure to enter this Rafflecopter where you can be one of 6 winners of the eBook copy of Velvet, winners announced after the drawing closes on 3 February, 2013.
Author: Xavier Axelson
Genre: Erotica, Historical, Gay Romance
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
Words: 50,471/ Pages 138
Purchase: Seventh Window Publications § Amazon
Book Description: 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.
In a book that combines a romance with a moral tale about greed and vice, wrapped up in lyrical, near poetic phrasing and character voices, this was an enchanting and entertaining book. Written with a phrasing and pacing that were appropriate to the time in which the story was set is a clever literary device, well used, and helped to fix the scene in a time that is not now, with the fluid and slightly flowery prose.
Characters were well developed and defined, with clear and distinct traits and voices that helped to fix their image in the reader’s brain, while consistently providing enough information to understand their reasons for behaving as they did. Virago’s character is a little difficult to appreciate, but his development and personal transitions throughout the story all felt possible and real.
While I do have to note this story does have a large sexual component: most of it M/M, with sex, brothels and other bad behaviours detailed, the Renaissance period is well detailed from the crass behavior, coarse chat and overwhelmingly badly behaved royals. While this is the first of Axelson’s books that I have read, it will not be the last.
I received an eBook copy from author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Xavier Axelson is a writer and columnist living in Los Angeles.