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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Reviewing Tali Spencer's Victory Portrait.

Victory Portrait (Pride of Uttor #4) by Tali Spencer 3*
BLURB: Imperial captive and former Sebboyan prince Peta Kordeun has one great wish: to meet Darius Arrento, conqueror of his country and a man he has idolized since childhood. That wish comes true the day the Uttoran emperor assigns Peta to assist the artist who will be painting the great general’s official portrait.
General Darius Arrento would rather take a crossbow bolt through his flesh than sit for a portrait, until his friend the emperor forces his hand. The notorious artist, Brazzi, uses semen and other sexual fluids to bind his colors—and Arrento is captivated by the artist’s pretty helper. Before long he is driven to possess the gorgeous young man who draws battle maps and whose na├»ve charm has won more hearts in Uttor than Arrento has won battles.
When Arrento learns that Peta, the slave he covets and wants for his own, is one of the despised Kordeun princes, he storms from Uttor toward a far corner of the empire—where he quickly finds himself embroiled in a plot to tear Uttor’s empire apart. His emotions and loyalties frayed, the great Arrento is in the battle of his life…and Peta may hold the key to his survival.
 

My Review: I was given a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Although this was the fourth in the series it was a stand alone story, which I was glad of having not read any of the previous ones (yet).  Tali writes a truly sexual story but gives it depth and meaning by adding in a lot of military action and political intrigue. I am astonished to say I actually liked one of the secondary characters almost more than the main ones. Brazzi the artist was so irreverent and licentious that you can't help but like him, plus the use of semen as a binding agent for paint was extremely interesting and makes me wonder if it would have really worked.  That isn't to say I didn't like the main characters because I did and I especially liked how the two of them reconciled. I am off now to look for the first three books to add them to my wishlist :D

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