Title: Swords and Silk, Book 1: Flying Fish
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Genji Sakura, Diasuke Minamoto
Sub-Genre: Historical, Romance, Series
Sword and Silk: Book One
In eighteenth century Japan, during the golden age of samurai and of the Kabuki theater, young actors known as “flying fish” traveled the countryside, performing for audiences by day and giving their bodies to their samurai patrons at night.
Genji Sakura is one such flying fish, yet he dreams of finding the man he can give his heart to and leave the loneliness of his itinerant life behind. Though he loves theater, he doesn’t love every part of his profession, especially some of the patrons. So when a handsome ronin comes upon him stealing some solitude for a bath in a hot spring and their encounter turns passionate, Genji’s surprised and delighted.
Daisuke Minamoto’s past fills his life with a bitterness that grips his soul and makes him dangerous. Yet passion takes him when he spies on a graceful young man bathing naked in a hot spring. He has always loved women, but he can’t deny the call of his heart.
After an afternoon of sexual bliss, his heart and soul are tormented and torn. Keeping this miraculous lover will require giving up the one thing that has kept him alive for years: his hatred for the lord who murdered his wife. If he loves another, how will he go on and who will he become?
A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.
Flying Fish by Sedonia Guillone is the first book in the Swords and Silk series. Ms. Guillone has a real knack for writing characters that live and breathe off of the written page. I was quickly captivated by these two heroes and loved the story they had to tell.
I admit, I did not read this series in book order. I read Blind Love first and loved it and immediately requested this book because I enjoyed the second book so much. Both Flying Fish and Blind Love are very well written. They could easily be stand-alone reads, but I highly recommend reading both of these books because I know you will love these characters as much as I do.
Flying Fish is a story about the healing strength of love. Both of these heroes are broken in their own way. Daisuke has been mourning his wife’s murder for five years and has wandered the country, almost lost, but still determined to avenge the death of his wife. When he comes across Genji, Daisuke mistakes the beautiful man as a woman. Soon, he realizes his error and is surprised by the immediate emotional and physical attraction he feels for Genji.
Genji has had to do what he can to survive. As an actor, he excels on the stage. He’s able to fool most people playing female parts, but after the show, he must sell his body to live. When he meets Daisuke, Genji feels the strength of an emotional connection like he’s never felt before. But, their love is a forbidden one and each man must face his own fears and hurts if they are to share a destiny together.
I loved this story. I thought the bond between Daisuke and Genji was a beautiful one to watch unfold. Their feelings for one another are intense and immediate and I enjoyed watching both men grow into better men while their relationship becomes a strong one.
I also enjoy the way Ms. Guillone can easily sweep readers into a historical world. It’s easy to get wrapped up into the characters and a culture that I don’t know enough about.
If you love historical romances, Flying Fish and the Swords and Silk series is not to be missed. I am anxious to read more about these characters and can’t wait to see what Ms. Guillone has in store for us next.
The Swords and Silk series in book order are:
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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