• Choices

  • Golden Collar, Book 1
  • By: Grace R. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (108 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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Publisher's Summary

Born and raised a gypsy in the late 11th century, Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire - until one night when they're caught and their precious freedom is revoked. Given the choice between the dungeons or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.
Bathasar doesn't want the throne. He supports his brother instead, which suits their sadistic father, Mukesh. When Teman, the handsome slave Bathasar has secretly been watching, saves his life, Bathasar requests a slave for the first time. Before long, Bathasar and Teman fall in love. But all is not well. One day, Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court, angering the empress of a neighboring nation. To appease her, he then offers her Jasim as a gift, and Teman decides to stay with Bathasar for now - despite the abuse he may suffer.
The peace doesn't last. Mukesh plans to invade Jasim's new country, and Bathasar must find a way to stop the destruction. But if he succeeds, he'll ascend to the throne and have the power to grant Teman his liberty. Then Teman will surely leave him. What other choice could a gypsy make?
©2013 Grace R. Duncan (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By KindaPicky on 01-19-16

To review or recommend, that is the question?

I shall choose to review. This is a well written story with substance, it is an in depth look at a period where royalty could and did use sex slaves. This book is LONG it has more sex in it then anything I have ever had my hands on, most of it is done while the characters are in "training". It is focusing on sex slavery being used as a punishment when given a choice after a crime is committed. It is a BDSM novel that shows the good, the bad and the ugly, with characters you will like and a plot you could love and yes their is a love story in there you get to see develop. I stopped the audio a number of times, however the narrator Joel Leslie does such a pleasant job I did go back and listen. It would have gotten all 5 stars if it was shorter. Can't say I would listen again but I do indeed like the way Grace Duncan writes.

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4 out of 5 stars
By UllyS on 01-19-16

Page after page of Steamy Arabian Nights.

This is one hell of a sexy book... It's has strong characters, and an intriguing blend of fairy tale and 50 shades. A street rat Aladdin type gets caught stealing and he ends up as body slave to a handsome prince. The sex in this book is hardcore and plentiful. Almost every other page... so if you like erotica with a romantic plot structure this will be right up your alley. There's so much sex it occasionally feels like it's getting in the way of the storyline...but the physical scenes are well written and super hot. There is a lot of 'edging' which is something that was new to me in m/m fiction.

The book has a lot of light bdsm but the main relationship is very much about master and slave dynamic set in a fantastical Arabian setting. The characters are well developed... especially Temen (the street rat) and his prince. I really loved the character of Salehi - the caretaker er of the body slaves. Definitely erotica...but well crafted. It's an epic read... but if you want something to warm you up on cold winter nights... this book will sure do it. The narration is excellent... great versatility in voices and he handles the sex scenes really well... love his accent SO much. Definitely a very romantic fairy tale take on sub/dom relationships.

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1 out of 5 stars
By alex on 09-03-16

nearly died of boredom

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a better story and better narration

Would you ever listen to anything by Grace R. Duncan again?

probably not

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?


Any additional comments?

I got to chapter seven and was bored to tears.. it might help if the narrator didn't sound like he was about to burst nto tears any moment

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