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Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite
Steel and Thunder by Dominic N. Ashen is one of those books you cannot put down. Our story opens with a group that has decided to travel the world looking for magic and more. They hear about some Elven ruins and they head right for them, not knowing that this is Orc territory. Not long into the exploration, they are confronted by a group of Orcs and begin fighting, which was a big mistake. Easily overpowered by the Orcs, they are taken to prison. David Cerano, one of the knights, tells the Orc official that he wants to fight for their freedom in a ‘to-the-death' match. He is prepared and then placed in the ring with Captain Ironstorm, the very Orc who captured him. The fight is one of epic proportions, and once David thinks he has the upper hand, he is beaten. He realizes that this was not a fight to free him. Captain Ironstorm now owns David, like a pet! David is not happy, with various attempts to escape failing. He and Ironstorm begin having different feelings, no longer disdain or anger, but something akin to affection? What will happen to David when his friends are released? Will he ever be free again? Is being with Ironstorm really bad, or maybe more than he could imagine?
Steel and Thunder by Dominic N. Ashen was one of the most fun books I have read in a long time. There was a lot of graphic sex, but the story would have lost all impact if it were only implied and not detailed. I loved that the Orcs were very civilized and that David soon realized he wasn’t dealing with a group of barbarians but a society with laws, officials, and inside bathrooms. You are never really sure what will happen next and that keeps you reading. This book is so unique that I laughed and I blushed on the same page. The detail was very good. The feelings and inner dialog of David were so funny and relevant that I felt like he was talking to me, letting me in on intimate secrets. Captain Ironstorm was a very handsome Orc and I loved his dry sense of humor and playfulness. The BDSM aspect made the story more interesting. This book was fun, naughty, and a little humorous at times and I found it hard to put down. The LGBTQ community should give this one a read. I am sure anyone into the BL scene would love this book. Highly recommended if you want to have some fun.