Tribute

Lisa Henry
Tribute
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Publisher
Loose ID
Release Date
July 2011
ISBN
9781611184495
Genre
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
When the fearsome warlord Brasius chooses Kynon as his tribute, Kynon tells himself it's the price of peace, and that he can endure anything. If his slavery will save his father's kingdom, then he will be a slave and submit to every indignity the warlord and the senate of Segasa require of him. He can live with the shame; it's the mind-blowing pleasure that frightens him.

But the warlord wants more than a tribute who will respond eagerly to whips and bondage. The warlord might just want the man underneath: the prince, the soldier and the tribute, if Kynon can figure out who that is. On an enforced journey of self-discovery, Kynon learns that being the warlord's tribute isn't just about submission. And, to be the tribute that Brasius wants him to be, Kynon will have to defy all the traditions of Segasa and risk the wrath of the senate that really holds his chains.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: strong BDSM theme and elements, dubious consent, violence. Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Aug 30, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
221 people found the following review helpful
The scenes in TRIBUTE blew my mind. I LOVED IT! Moving from privileged prince to collared slave in one day is enough to break any man. The increasing humiliation scenes in this book caused me to whimper along in sympathy. Oh how I wallowed guiltily in each stripping of Kynon's pride.

All is not what it seems when the losing kingdom pays tribute with twelve young and beautiful aristocratic children. Kynon is the youngest prince from the kingdom of Caralis. To keep his kingdom whole, under duress, he submits as a sex slave to the fearsome warlord, Brasius. Kynon fears this terrible monster who causes him pain, humiliation and betrayals. Kynon becomes the whipping boy for his country and pays for the sins of his father in flesh and blood.

Ms. Henry created a world where kings and aristocrats are looked down upon. The Senate is an entity taking over the world. They offer treaties first and then conquer if rejected. It's the Roman empire in a better light. Brasius is their shining star. He inspires fear in many yet he also commands complete loyalty from his warriors. This dichotomy confuses Kynon as he witnesses it firsthand. This theme is similar in Ms. Rice's Beauty trilogy but it is so much more in intensity.

This book covered in detail the art of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism. The training regimen for the aristocratic youth kept me aroused throughout the entire book. The exquisite sexual tortures Kynon suffers at the hands of his trainer kept me happily humming.

TRIBUTE does include many different sexual scenes between two men. Since this an m/m erotic novel, I expected it. The addition of some female to male sex was sweet and unexpected. I really enjoyed this journey with Kynon as he learns about a culture and breaks through his preconceived notions. Kynon's struggle to submit and enjoyment in the pleasures of forced m/m sex is what really engaged me into the book. I felt his confusion and wanted to tell him, "just submit!" Although, that isn't really what was desired of Kynon. Brasius's desire for Kynon is more complicated and rather romantic. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy the intensity of conquered men forced into sexual training and slavery to a powerful alpha male. I can only hope the author writes more books in this world with more exploration into intense and non-consensual m/m BDSM.
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