Author: Kerry Adrienne
Genre: Historical/Ancient Greece
Length: Novella (79 pages)
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave (October 11th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Kallistos, a shy playwright, has been chosen to compete at the Great Dionysia festival in Athens. His plays are strong, but he faces Sophocles, the man who has won almost every contest. Kallistos, the beautiful one, has eschewed intimacy—yet the dark Alexios pierces his armor with philosophies he’s never considered, and he falls hard. Alexios, a shepherd, aspires to be an actor in Athens. His trip plunges him into a plot of deceit and lies when Sophocles hires him to sabotage his competition. Sophocles promises money and a part on stage—but challenges Alexios’ beliefs and honor.
Product Link: http://www.ellorascave.com/beautiful-one.html
Review: An interesting concept to build an m/m romance around, the competing playwrights, and celebrations of the gods of ancient Greece. But, that’s about all I enjoyed from this story. It was a bit slow and kept losing my attention and that is a problem for a novella/short story. I just didn’t feel the heat between the two main characters, it was too forced, and the buildup to the final confrontation was weak.
Like I said, interesting concept, not quite successful on the execution.