Title: A Year Less Three Days
Only love will save them…if it can survive the pits of the damned.
When Lias’s wife was kidnapped, all his skills as a woodsman couldn’t save her—or himself. Captured, sold repeatedly to different masters, Lias endures abuse, torture, and worse. By the time his latest master buys him, Lias is little more than an animal.
He is a creature of rage and hate, antagonizing his master at every turn, lashing out at his boundaries, waiting and watching for a chance to escape and return to his children—or die trying.
At times, Necromis, a knight of the Order of the White Bear, would like nothing more than to oblige his aggravating new charge, but one thing stays his deadly hand. Lias is his last hope. Long ago, Necromis made a deal with a demon named Bonecracker to gain fame, wealth, and respect.
But the day of reckoning is coming, and there’s only one way out of this bargain—capture the heart of a broken slave, or Necromis’s soul will forever belong to Bonecracker.
Warning: Mention of rape, violence.
Author: Alyx J. Shaw, Mychael Black
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: May 31, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, M/M Erotica
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If you’re looking for a love story that heals the broken souls that are mentioned in the blurb back away from this book. There’s broken men to be sure, we’ve got sex in the mix, but this is in no way a romance. This is one of those books that has so many possibilities yet it just doesn’t deliver.
There is so much crazy going on in Necromis’s home. He basically has a castle sitting on the edge of Bonecracker’s very own Hell Mouth. This residence was all part of the bargain that Necromis made with Bonecracker. A home provided by a nefarious demon provides the catalyst to the oddities. Too many of these little eccentricities were mentioned yet not explored or explained. You cannot drop in there that the horse plays a mean game of chess without touching on that. A completely different horse opens doors and sleeps in human beds. Not all members of the household are human. Some belong to Bonecraker but are all team Necromis, and others are there because Necromis is their friend and fellow knight.
The strange doesn’t just take place at Necromis’s house of weird. A major turning point for Lias (the very straight heterosexual Lias) takes place during an outing. He sees someone from his pre-slave life. While being shopped for his slave potential another notices something on his shoulder that lets everyone around know something, I have no clue what that something is nor do I know what the mark is but it is a big deal. A big enough deal that a healer knows to drug him so he can get out of town. This is the turning point for Lias where he decides Necromis is the man for him. He decides this even though Necromis is not around and hasn’t been around for weeks.
The thing that really soured my opinion of this book though, there are two men together by the time we get to the epilogue one of which is not even mentioned in the blurb. So at this you’re probably thinking menage perhaps multiple partners, nope. One of the main characters that is in the synopsis does not make it, he’s killed off. What the hell? Going into A Year Less Three Days I thought I was getting a fantasy romance. I need a happily ever after with my romance. I need some nature of a love story with my romances too and that is a whole other gripe with what is going on within these pages. Where this may have been a two star read for me the killing off of a major character dropped it to one.