Shelley Munro
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
September 2013
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Life is a chariot race for Marc Angelo and Tarquin Navona. Friends, rivals and rock stars of Circus Maximus in ancient Rome, they wow the fans with their daring driving and take their choice of lovers. A fine life indeed—if Marc weren't harboring feelings for Tarquin. It's difficult to behave normally when he craves physical contact with his friend's muscular body, but Marc resists, too afraid of losing Tarquin entirely.

He needn't have worried. Fate has plans for them. Very long-term plans…

When a powerful sorcerer catches Marc and Tarquin with his wife, he curses them to imprisonment in stone. Centuries pass, and Marc's love and lust for Tarquin only increases. His friend doesn't have a clue, but that's the least of their problems. They have no idea how to escape their predicament—and may be doomed to spend eternity Stoned.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Oct 15, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
95 people found the following review helpful
STONED is a story of being stuck, literally, having feelings for someone who is unaware and does not reciprocate.

Best friends and chariot racers Marc and Tarquin are competitive on the race course and in the bedroom. They often share in their posts, race conquests which works out fine for Marc who secretly craves any shared contact with Tarquin. While they can share women, Marc is afraid he will lose his best friend if he tells Tarquin he would rather just have him in the bedroom.

When Tarquin arranges for them to share a particular beautiful woman, he does not realize that the woman's husband is a powerful sorcerer. When the sorcerer catches his wife with the friends, he curses them and turns them into stone statues. The two spend centuries as statues that can only communicate with one another and only get 24 hours each year to be free of their curse. They spend their free time researching their curse and trying to figure out how to break it, but it appears hopeless.

This story was sweet and definitely unique. The author did a great job putting a new spin on the classic "being in love with your best friend" story. I enjoyed the fact that while one character was fairly clear about his feelings, the other one had to take some time to figure out what he was feeling and what he wanted. The friendship is expressed very genuinely as is the hurt experienced by Marc when he realizes he has to live his own life.

I thought the progression of the relationship was well written, especially with so few pages to write it in. This was a very fun story to read.
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