As in any romance, the tension is in what keeps the lovers apart, or stops them from committing to each other. In this instance, Ily is a virtual pauper from the street and Kal is a rich man, but Ily's mistrust of powerful men is the more potent issue. Ms Stone handles the emotional/psychological aspects of her characters well, and it's this skill that makes her erotica stand above the mediocre.
She tells us very little about the world we find ourselves in, instead the culture of the world is revealed as we follow the characters through the story. Ily is a weaver Mage. She uses a kind of magic to weave her masterpieces. I recognised it as the magic of deep creativity.
Kal employs her to make a carpet for him and she lives at his house and enjoys his bed and other comforts as she does so, but Kal has a hidden agenda and Ily remains emotionally aloof, knowing that when their business is finished, she will go on her way. Even so, part of her wishes the end could be different.
Apart from the intricacies of their relationship, there are two subtle mysteries that drive the story; one is Kal's agenda and the other is the cause of Ily's mistrust. The tension builds to a satisfying climax (pun intended) as these unravel near the end of the book.
As with all scenes in any book, the sex scenes shouldn't be there unless they move the story forward and the intimate scenes in this book do just that. They are a integral part of a sensitive love story, written by an author skilled in the art of writing the most intimate of scenes in an evocative way. There is nothing pretentious about this story, but if you are looking for good erotica, you need go no further.
I received this from the publisher free of charge in return for an honest review.
Threads of Desire is a delightful little novella about mages and magic, greed and corruption, power and abuse, love and family and most of all what one man will sacrifice for his child.
After having escaped from the depravity of the Guild, Ily has accepted that her best chance for survival is sell what she can, hoard her money and run to the outer provinces. She knows her work is superior, she knows no one in the marketplace she has been forced to survive in can out weave her. She is one of only a handful of Guild Trained weavers.. Her magic is undisputed. Only problem is the rich Aristo Kal has something up his sleeve and constantly undersells her. Even though his merchandise is obviously inferior, his fees are so low buyers are unable to resist.
Kal needs Ily, no more no less. Upon hearing that their might be a weaver with some guild training in the marketplace, Kal does everything he can to make her so desperate she has no choice but to accept his offer. Only he didn't account for the magic that wove between them.. Upon meeting her Kal's plans are altered not only does he need her for his personal quest, now he wants her in his bed.
This story starts out steamy and ends up wonderful love story. Both Kal and Ily have secrets that they have learned to keep to themselves.. but both must learn how to share those secrets unless they want to destroy the relationship that they have woven between them.
Together they must battle the insidious evil of one who has too much power and has abused those who should have been in his protection. One who holds the lives of the guild members literally in his hands and who wants to exert his power into all walks of life. This was an excellent secondary storyline, actually there were a couple and this book was too short to do all tangents justice. Ms Stone touches on them and teases us with a rich history but fails to delve. That's not to say that the story lacks.. it just could be so much more.
I probably am not the best reviewer for such a book as I always want more from short stories and novellas. The skill it takes to create an entire story in such an abbreviated manner is vastly under rated. And Ms Stone does an excellent job. I hope the rest of this series is longer but even if not, I have complete faith in Ms Stone and her Spellbound Stories.
This review is based on the ARC of Threads of Desirer provided by netgalley
I was quite enchanted by the new short novel by Eleri Stone "Threads of Desire", so as to devour during an afternoon of reading, savoring the magic, sensuality and beauty of the characters while reading. The novel's reminded me of "The Thousand and One Nights", but also one of those markets in the Arab world. Perhaps the fact, that Ily is a weaver and part of the book is set in a market, has created a "mental image" of this kind, while I was reading. Ily is a weaver of great talent, who attended the university to grow and refine her gift to create tissues through her magic, but she's forced to flee, to cover her tracks, leaving the possibility to sell her masterpieces using the title she was worth, to survive and she's forced to sell her creations to the market, groped to earn the money to rebuild her life elsewhere. Kal is a rich merchant of aristocratic origin, with a questionable reputation, who would have no real need to sell his goods to market, but doing so he's in competition with Ily; between them there is a strange relationship of rivalry -attraction, which pushes the girl to put aside her pride and groped to somehow get the help of man to achieve her goal. Kal, on the other hand, can use the opportunity to accomplish his purposes, where the Ily's ability are essential. Kal is a wonderful character: mysterious, sexy, smart, and he's hiding a precious secret. Ily is 'proud, and she starts a game with this man, who can be extremely dangerous for her future. Let's say that the two together are explosive as fireworks. I loved this story and for me the discovery of Kal's misteries was a gradual and pleasant surprise