The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton
I don't usually read historical romances of any kind but something about this story just called to me when I read the blurb. I am so glad I decided to give it a try. This is the first book by Eli Easton that I've had the pleasure to read. I can assure, it won't be the last.
Miss treated and unloved by his own family Sir Christian Brandon, the youngest of seven brothers, learns at an early age that he can not rely on anyone ... especially God. He knew the growing need in his belly for another man's touch made him an abomination to the world he lived in. 1300 England did not look kindly on sodomites. But one look at the older hansom knight, Sir William Corbet the Lion, confirmed what Christian had always known about himself. He'd never wanted anyone as much in his life as he did William.
Sir William Corbet, knight and warrior, needed an army to rescue his sister from the tyrant of a husband their father had given her to. What he got was Christian Brandon the Crow. Christian was far too pretty and William begins to feel things he had long suppressed. What he didn't expect was to come to admire Christian for the hard working, honorable knight that he was.
The two take a long and perilous journey to rescue Lady Elaine and along the way, love ignites and desire burns bright between them. Though William doesn't believe there is any future for them, he is content for what they have at the moment. Christian wants more, so much more. His nick name might have been "the Crow" but he was brilliant and cunning was not about to give up the only piece of happiness he had ever known in his life.
The story is the perfect M/M romance for someone just beginning to read this genre or for the seasoned reader who just loves a love story. The sex is fresh and sweet because they are both learning their way, neither one experienced in the way two men can share their bodies. I'm giving 5 rainbow flowers because it was a well written story, with a few surprises and twists that only added to the story and well developed characters that grew and became so much more by the end.