Free Men series by Kate Aaron

The Slave (Free Men #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Freedom is only an illusion.

At twenty-seven, Tamelik has been a slave more than half his life. Submissive by nature, he can’t help but fall in love with the master who treats him kindly.

When the mistress walks out, Tam dares to hope his love will be enough.

Then he’s ordered to purchase another slave.

He wants to hate Kai for being unruly and ungrateful. For being of the same race as the men who murdered his family. For being his eventual replacement in their master’s bed. But it’s hard to hate a man who cries himself to sleep, flinches at the slightest touch, and blushes beautifully when he’s kissed.

64,000 words.

MY REVIEW: I was leery of reading about a slave. It’s a touchy, delicate subject. But this was done well.
This developing love story may seem like it doesn’t have a lot going on, but the character growth and interaction is very important. It makes their situation and love more believable.
This is also a story that brings the hot-n-steamy pleasurably, tastefully and purposefully.
Glowing recommendation: achieved.

MY RAVE: This first book is $free$. It introduces you to their world which is very Earth-like, but also slightly different. Multiple suns, anyone? No, thank you.


The Soldier (Free Men #2)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Love is the strongest bond.

Three months. That’s all it took for Kai to forsake freedom and learn to love his new life as pleasureslave to a wealthy Thirskan Underlord.

Finding himself surrounded by his own people once more, he should have been happy, yet they are not how he remembers them. Distrustful and disgusted by his relationship with not one man but two, they make it abundantly clear Kai no longer fits in.

Beaten, starved, and tortured, when the chance comes to escape, Kai is barely strong enough to make the journey. Even if he succeeds, how could anybody ever love the thing he’s become in order to survive?

CONTENT WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence. Reader discretion advised.

62,000 words.

MY REVIEW: Caution: this hurts your heart. The whole way through. But you persevere, like the main character. And it’s worth it.
The writing is good and the story is even better. Need. Book. Three.


The Master (Free Men #3)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Being rescued was only the start.

Otiz lies in ruins. As underlord of the region, Lysander knows where his responsibilities lie. He has an obligation to the survivors to rebuild their homes and their lives. But what about his home, his life?

Kai needs help. The damage inflicted on him goes beyond the marks left when he was tortured, but healing him might require more from Lysander than he’s capable of giving. Of one thing he’s certain: Tam and Kai will never be endangered again because of who he is, even if saving them means setting them free.

All Lysander wants is to be left in peace. To recover from the horrors of his experience at the hands of his enemies. But with pressure piling up from every angle, peace is the last thing he’s likely to find. Suffocated by guilt, Lysander begins to spiral. How can he hold everything together, when inside he’s falling apart?

60,000 words.

MY REVIEW: It makes you think and makes you feel — two great things from any book. But this also entertains and touches your heart as it does so. I’m very impressed, not only by this series, but by this author.

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