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After wandering medieval England in an attempt to escape his memories of war, former soldier Tom Weston settles on Sir Andrew’s estate in a peaceful vale, where he works as a groom. A visit from one of the royal princes, however, shatters his sanctuary.
Prince Ian seems determined to lure Tom out of the stable and into the bedroom, but however tempting Tom finds Ian, he has no intention of rolling over on royal command. Unexpectedly, the two become friends. At last Tom decides he might want more after all—but he isn’t the only one haunted by the war.
While the story itself was quite nice – this was another case where I thought it would be better if the story was longer. I wanted to know more about the background of former soldier Tom Weston and Prince Ian, who both fought in a war (What war? With whom?). I would like to understand deeper about both characters’ struggle with PTSD. I know, it is such a modern term for a medieval story, but I had to admit that the story also had a modern ring to it somehow. The medieval details were rather fuzzy and may not even follow the actual/real life situations of that time, which would probably annoy those who put emphasis on this when reading.
I did like the process of Ian coming on to Tom and trying to befriend this groom, even if the story was strictly narrated by Tom. Tom had a slight grumpiness – especially when he had to deal with royalty or giggling maids – which made him quite amusing. I liked the horses too – they had their own antiques which contributed to funny moments in this short tale.
It was a decent read for under 50 pages.