Moro's Price by M. Crane Hana Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have M. Crane Hana popping in today with her new re-release Moro’s Price, we have a fantastic exclusive excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and my review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! <3 ~Pixie~

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Moro’s Price

by

M. Crane Hana

Crown Prince, techno-geek, and secret sadomasochist Valier has lusted for years after the gorgeous gladiator called “The Diamond.” Meeting the escaped slave on a rooftop, Valier discovers Moro Dalgleish wants suicide before his former masters can reclaim him.

Infected with a deadly symbiont, Valier proposes empty sex to satisfy his urges and grant Moro’s release from a horrible life. Neither man plans for Moro to survive, or how the morning after will shake three empires to their foundations.

Warning: Scenes of rape and torture, graphic violence

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Exclusive Excerpt!

Valier Antonin ne’Cama had already spent half his Saturday afternoon flying through the continent-wide city of Cedar-Saba in a luxurious hover taxi with Mateo DaSilva. Mateo’s gorgeous cousin Jason was slightly favored over the challengers in today’s arena prizefight.

Mateo had tickets. That he had them at all was the subject of a debate lasting three hundred miles and fifty-seven minutes.

“He’s your cousin,” Val said finally. “Isn’t it, well, weird?”

“Distant cousin,” said Mateo, waving away the argument with the mild smoke of his second fume stick. “Third, fifth, something. It’s a big family. I’m not saying I want to fuck him. I just like to watch him.”

“Displacement activity? Wish fulfillment?” Val needled, not least because he very much wanted to fuck Mateo’s cousin. And that was never going to happen.

“Jace is beautiful, and I get off thinking about his fights,” said Mateo, looking away over the urban sprawl dimming into blue distance near the horizon. “Doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.”

Val had known his friend long enough to be certain Jason DaSilva was never far from Mateo’s thoughts, for good or ill.

Val had money and a steadily eroding resolve to avoid watching Jason Kee-DaSilva fight in person. All eight hundred miles from the university into the tawdry districts of south Cedar-Saba, Val traded friendly insults with Mateo and debated silently with himself. Should he watch or not? Watch in person or discreetly in a nearby hotel via an expensive pay channel?

Did the moth tell itself I don’t have to do this! even as it circled the flame?

Val’s normally chatty symbiont remained silent in his thoughts. Was she sharing his adventure or ashamed of him?

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Before the match, Mateo found them a handy a street-side cantina in the Vaclav Sector.

He and Val sat together at the steel and frosted-glass bar, lit by vivid colors slowly pulsing through milky panels in walls, floors, and ceiling.

“Even with medics and fast-heal tech, there’s going to be a lot of blood,” Mateo said after a considering silence. “You’ve watched the holos I sent you, right? You’re ready?”

Val thought fast for a moment, settling on resolve mixed with frosty embarrassment and guilty glee. “I know what goes on in the cages.”

Mateo looked down his magnificent nose, flaring his nostrils in a steadying breath. “Knowing is different than seeing in person.”

“Are you warning me off after dragging me down here?”

“No, I’m giving you an honorable way out, Val. Are you doing this as some sort of research project on us defective morally bankrupt humans? Or because you want to see it for real?”

Val let some truth flavor his blurted “I want to see! Even if I have to run out before I heave, knowing you’ll laugh at me, and that I’ll probably get arrested for being, well, who I am.”

“You’ll be fine. I know you’re not as squeamish as most Camalians.”

“You know many of us, do you?”

Mateo mimed an exaggerated bow. “Since I started being the sole voice of reason in your immediate orbit, yes. There’s your Aunt Alys and all her political cronies, and that sweet girl in the embassy cafeteria…”

“‘Sole voice’?” Val sputtered, laughing. “Alys thinks you’re a terrible influence on me. She’d ban me from seeing you, if she wasn’t afraid of what I’d do without a human minder.”

“Sole voice,” Mateo said amiably, settling back on his bar stool. “And expendable, which I’m sure she values on a diplomatic level.”

A recent and unwelcome heartache wrenched deep in Val’s chest. “Mati, don’t. You’re not expendable, you’re my best friend!”

The look Mateo gave him was equal parts exasperation, grief, and humor. “I’m human, I’m from a poor family, and no one outside the DaSilva Taverna is going to raise much fuss if you accidentally burn me to ash with a kiss someday.”

“If I could kiss a human…” Val whispered, looking away. He didn’t know whether to snarl or cry. He’d known about Mateo’s other infatuation for years. Val adored him, but not that way. Not when the Leopard stalked across Val’s memory.

Val avoided blood sports in general, though not for the reason most of his university cronies assumed.

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About M. Crane!

M. Crane Hana lives in a flat place filled with cactus. She writes romances in all flavors, spends too much time world building her sword & planet fantasies and space operas, and makes museum-grade artifacts from cultures that never existed. Publishing credits: (as Marian Crane) ‘The Blood Orange Tree’, Such A Pretty Face anthology, Meisha-Merlin 2000. ‘Saints and Heroes’, Thrones of Desire anthology, Cleis Press 2012.

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Review

M. Crane Hana - Moro's Price CoverTitle: Moro’s Price

Author: M. Crane Hana

Genre: Space Opera, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: Novel (367pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-947139-29-9

Publisher: NineStar Press (26th June 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Crown Prince, techno-geek, and secret sadomasochist Valier has lusted for years after the gorgeous gladiator called “The Diamond.” Meeting the escaped slave on a rooftop, Valier discovers Moro Dalgleish wants suicide before his former masters can reclaim him.

Infected with a deadly symbiont, Valier proposes empty sex to satisfy his urges and grant Moro’s release from a horrible life. Neither man plans for Moro to survive, or how the morning after will shake three empires to their foundations.

Warning: Scenes of rape and torture, graphic violence

Purchase Link: https://ninestarpress.com/product/moros-price/  

Review: This is the 2nd edition which has been revised and re-edited.

Moro is a bonded gladiator and believes that he has two more years before he can be free again. But, he finds out the truth… he still belongs to his previous master, the man who destroyed his world and ruined his life. But, Moro won’t go back to that monster and plans his suicide. Valier is the crown prince of the Camalian Commonwealth and is fighting off assassins when Moro stumbles across him, Moro saves his life so Valier offers Moro a way out, one night of sex where he will be infected with the sentient symbiont endemic, which will either lead to Moro’s death or his complete freedom.

Whoop, okay boys and girls this is a little gem if you love your sci-fi with fantasy and some good old space opera, along with a good dose of abuse and angst. Moro is an abused slave or a ‘bonded gladiator’. He has no control over his life and is holding on to the promise of being released in two years… he is betrayed. He was only loaned out and now his previous owner wants him back, but Moro would rather die than be placed in those hands again. Valier is a crown prince who ends up rescuing Moro, after Moro saves his life and it takes them on a new journey of discovery as they are a perfect match for each other. And secrets from Moro’s past finally emerge which place them both in danger, as long forgotten beings return and make their presence felt.

There is a hell of a lot going on in this story, but every bit is very well-connected, there is in-depth plotting and planning that go back years. Lots of scheming from characters, some twists and turns and several species involved. The story moves smoothly along and you get dragged in as you work out who is against whom and who is plotting what. You try to figure out who is a good guy and who is a spy. There are scenes that are pretty grim and gruesome, scenes that are distressing and scenes that are really freaking hot.

Now, there is one full on sex scene of m/f ,but it is actually in a kind of dream bubble thingie when Moro meets Cama (symbiont) and I just put it down to a necessary evil. The sex between Moro and Valier is very hot and has a lot of mild bondage.  I am sure that if there is a next book then they would be into more of the hard-core stuff, but because of Moro’s long term suffering Valier goes very easy on him and gentles what he really wants. This is a very intriguing storyline as more characters become involved and more species turn up, the descriptions are really well done and the world building was fascinating and we learn more and more the further into the book we delve.

Now, seriously if you are into space-opera, science fiction, fantasy, hot men, damaged men, intriguing characters and species (that can suck up worlds), angst, danger, plotting and planning, with some really hot sex, then you need to read this book because it is a little gem. P.S. Fingers crossed for more from Moro and Valier.

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