“A Dom never takes away. He only builds.” ― Delaine Moore
Slave of Heart and My Warrior, My Slave are companion novellas, though they can be read as standalones and don’t need to be read in a certain order.
Nana G. has set these stories in an Alternate Universe, with just a titch of Greek mythology thrown in, in the form of Ares, a warrior General; Orion, his lieutenant turned sex slave; and Jason, a prisoner of war who is bought by Ares and grudgingly becomes his servant as an alternative to execution. They are set in a world where a relationship between two men is only legal if one is a Master and the other a slave, a hair-splitting distinction considering that two freemen being caught in a compromising position may result in them being sold into slavery and satisfying a Master’s sexual appetites anyway. It’s a matter of free-will versus servitude that laid the groundwork for the way Ares, as the Master whose heart was ultimately won by these two men, related to them and trained them not only to submit to him completely but to love him in return.
Ares is a harsh, sometimes cold, but fair Master—patient to the point of denying himself what he wants in order to bend these men to his will, until their will is to be owned completely by Ares, the man they want nothing more than to serve well. There were some really erotic and provocative elements to the connection between the three men, as well as a submissive named Meme, who was Orion’s lover and is the reason they are both now in service to Ares.
One of the things I’d have loved to have got from these books is a little more backstory for the characters and a little more world-building, which I hope the author takes as the compliment it’s intended to be. I liked the characters enough to want to know more about them, to spend more time with them, and would love to have known Orion, Jason, and Meme before they became slaves, but, as these stories are intended—an erotic exploration of a Master winning the love and complete devotion of his submissives through not only denial but also through their own emotional exploration—I thought they worked well.