Cloak & Silence
The League, book seven
ebook, 204 pages
Published July 8th 2013
One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider the whole of his life. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything- His birthright, his family and his military career. In all his life, he’s only had one love and he has sacrificed his own happiness to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. But now that his good deed is done, he feels lost and adrift. Even though they do their best to include him in their new family, he’s once again on the outside looking in.
Ture has spent his life hiding from everyone around him while trying desperately to fit in. His family, the world, you name it. Badly hurt by everyone he’s ever known, he trusts no one except his own best friend. And honestly, he can’t understand why he trusts her. Nor can he believe her when she describes a loyalty between friends the likes of which he’s never seen.
But when he is in his darkest hour, he’s saved by a hero he thought only existed in novels. A man who is every bit as scarred and mistrusting as he is. One who has no interest in being dragged into another relationship with anyone.
Having spent his life as a living study of doomed relationships, Maris is well aware of the courtship and fiasco that invariably follows. Still, there is something about Ture he can’t resist. Something that won’t let him walk away when he knows he should.
But when old enemies return to threaten them both, they either have to stand together or die alone.
M/M isn't usually my thing. I've read a few over the years, but I'm a person who finds too much beauty in the joining of the male and female body to be lured by anything else. I'm also heterosexual, so there's that, too. That said, this is The League we're discussing. It's too good, too profound, to pass up whatever the minor details may be. So here it is, Maris and Ture's story, the best friends of Darling Cruel and Zarya Starska-and if you haven't read their story, you must start there.
Shorter than the rest, Cloak & Silence stays true to The League's theme with two people who've lost hope in ever finding someone to share a romantic life with. Someone who won't betray him, like all the others. The difference? It's the first (and only) male/male of the series and while many, including myself, give praise to Kenyon for branching into such territory, sadly, M/M is not what Kenyon does best.
Short, clipped, and rushed, Maris and Ture still manage to discover the unexpected. For Ture, he finds some men are worth their weight in gold. For Maris, he can love beyond Darling.
The smut is probably the worst part of the story. It's understandable. Hetero female being the author and all. I'm honestly in awe of those women who are capable of writing such intense, erotic stories about men. Or anyone who can take something of which they have no experience whatsoever with and still manage to take the reader into the character and give them an all encompassing firsthand experience. You won't find it here though.
3 out of 5 stars.
Previously in FIRST GENERATION of the series: