Exile by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: This story is a fictional historical gay romance.

Off the coast of Istanbul, near what was once Constantinople, crown of the Byzantine Roman Empire, is a place called the Prince Islands, a magical Mediterranean archipelago. The islands’ many monasteries were home to dozens of displaced royalty—exiled princes and banished empresses—victims of the ever shifting political climate of Constantinople.

So many found their new home there that their names were lost to time, and the name of the island chain was changed to reflect their presence. Prince Caius is the newest exile to the islands, sent to a tiny spit of land called Terebinthos, home of Demos—the handsome young son of a fisherman in the island’s single tiny village. Demos, lonely and stifled, knows he will never leave the islands and has already seen all the faces he’ll ever meet. So, when he meets Caius, equally lonely and trapped by his destiny, their connection is instant. Caius becomes his closest friend and teacher, and as they learn more about the secrets of the island and Demos’s own family, their friendship blossoms into an ill-fated love.

Caius’s ambitions drive a wedge between them that could become deadly as an unknown rival threatens Caius’s life and the lives of those close to him. Though their hearts yearn for each other, circumstances seem determined to pull them apart. Is it the will of God or the cruelty of man that separates them? Can they change their destinies and find a way to be together in spite of a world that conspires against them? What secrets does the monastery of Terebinthos hold, and how might they change Demos’s family forever? Is there hope for this dissatisfied young man and the exiled prince?

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 50,000+ words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

MY REVIEW: This was a sweet and mostly innocent read. Highly descriptive, it draws you in and makes you part of the scenery as the story unfolds. I like the tension between the main characters, as there is no surety of feeling until close to the end, which is a nice change of pace. I received a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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