Bound in Ink by Kimber Vale

819w3m6BYjL._SL1500_Title: Bound By Ink

Series: Written In Flesh

Author: Kimber Vale

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Short Story (37 pages)

Publisher: Storm Moon Press (September 28th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

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Blurb: On an alternate Earth, Key has his marriage ink placed out of duty to his friend, Kaya, but realizes his mistake too late. He runs from the woman and her family, desperate to find a happiness that is sure to elude him in his village full of narrow-minded people. In the wilderness, he discovers Dax, a man who left their tribe to seek his own freedom. Lust sparks between them, but with Kaya’s father on the hunt for Key, and Key’s own guilt plaguing him, will the two fugitives be able to find their happily ever after?

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Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: This story has the feel of ancient Celtic ritual, witches, magic, and an island survivor aspect. When a witch finishes tattooing the bond marks on Key’s skin, he asks if she has ever bonded two lovers of the same-sex and her answer is silence at first. But then she admits that her grandson has escaped to an island where such bondings occur. But, Key thinks it’s all just a fantasy, a fairy tale and that he has no options, no escape. Of course, we soon find out that the witches grandson, Dax does exist, and they find happiness together. If only they can survive Kaya’s father.

An intriguing read, kept my attention and of course was fasted paced, as all short stories seem to be. I recommend this whole imaginative series, Written in Flesh, by Storm Moon Press.