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"a darkly erotic fantasy"

In 1577 Japan, hard times have taken there toll in the small village of Zozuke. On the outskirts of the village, childhood friends Sakurai and Kiyoshi share a small home that is in terrible disrepair. Kiyoshi is sickly and Sakurai fears losing him to the same illness that has taken his mother and so many of the villagers of late. They struggle to survive through the hardships by supporting each other physically and emotionally, and their close bond gradually grows into something more.

Sakurai, being half Chinese, has had to endure bigotry and has never been accepted by the village women. Kiyoshi alone has accepted him without judgment and loved him as a brother. As their emotional bond deepens, they take comfort in each other physically. On a dark night, the arrival of a wounded stranger will change their lives for ever. When the Samurai, Kuro, offers gratification and power, Sakurai is seduced into an existence of blood lust and violence. Under Kuro's compulsion, they are unable to stop their descent into darkness, but would they choose to if they could? Will Sakurai's new found power forge a closer bond with Kiyoshi, or tear them apart? Kuro has dark plans of his own.

In BLOOD BROTHERS, authors Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain have created a dark and ominous atmosphere where readers will believe in the evils that roam the pages of their story. It is a darkly erotic fantasy with elements of horror, but at the heart of the story is a deep love that drives the characters' actions. The authors write in a flowing, elegant style that pulls the readers down the dark path to madness along with Sakurai and Kiyoshi. A warning, the story contains graphic sex and violence, so may not appeal to delicate readers. BLOOD BROTHERS is a must read for readers who enjoy their fantasy dark with a touch of horror, and for fans of the Yaoi genre.

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted June 30, 2007

SUMMARY

In a world where the nights are darker and the passions run deeper, two young men go from friends to something more when a dangerous stranger appears on their doorstep.

In feudal Japan, war and famine tear through the countryside, and demons lurk in the darkness. Two young men struggle together on the outskirts of a ravaged village: the strong yet kind Liu Sakurai and his beloved gentle hearted Kiyoshi. And as their friendship endures the endless hardships, their bond grows into something more.

When the summer night brings a mysterious stranger to their door, the most dangerous desires of their dreams and nightmares are awakened. Blood now binds Kiyoshi and Sakurai together where once love did, but can this tie last an eternity?

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Blood Brothers
(Dragon's Disciple)
by Barbara Sheridan, Anne Cain

Samhain Publishing
May 1, 2006
ISBN #1599981084
EAN #9781599981086
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Barbara Sheridan

Lost Souls
Dark Whispers
Alliances
The Dragon's Disciple
Parallel Process
Sweet Medicine
Silk and Poison
Soul of the Night
Under a Silver Moon
I Do
Orange Moon
Soul of the Night
Winter Song
Bittersweet Surrender
Timeless Wish
The Dragon's Disciple
Silver Rain


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