Title: The Slave’s Mask
Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Anthony, Francois
Sub-Genre: Historical, BDSM
Infamous American blackguard and blockade runner, Captain Anthony Charles, has made a fortune in gold, running contraband between England and the Confederate States at the height of the Civil War in 1863. Anthony knows good brandy and fine cigars and his English clients appreciate him for it, but the captain also craves young submissive men. When he wins a young prostitute at an auction, Francois becomes his slave for seven days.
Francois has turned to prostitution to survive, but he is more than a whore. While most men who enjoy his favors treat him cruelly, he is stunned by this temporary owner’s kindness. Being a slave to this blue-eyed Master is no difficult task. Both men find that love may not be as elusive as they thought. Will the separation of oceans and time test their love or bring pain beyond bearing?
It’s 1863 at the height of the Civil War. Captain Anthony Charles is an American sea captain who is running goods from England through the Union blockade to the Confederate States. He’s in England to load cargo bound for America and to indulge in his passion for slight-framed submissive young men.
He hires Francois for an evening of pleasure, but finds himself strangely drawn to him. Francois is a young man whose father died in debtors prison and finds himself having to sell his body in order to survive. Anthony wins Francois’ company for a week in a slaves’ auction and indulges in his fantasy of having a slave to cater to his every whim.
As the week progresses, Anthony finds himself falling in love with the beautiful young man and Francois returns his feelings. Anthony leaves Francois to return to America but promises to come back for him in six months. When he fails to return, Francois (who is really a young Englishman named Byron Williams) loses hope and becomes a well-established tailor. Two years later Anthony returns to England and we find out that he was in a Union prison after being arrested for running the blockade. They are reunited and realize that they still love each other very deeply.
I enjoyed this story because it shows that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can still find love in the most unusual places.
Reviewed By: Pat Nelson