I’d previously read Ms. LeFoy’s story, Breaching the Lieutenant, which I acquired for free some time ago. That story was a two-star read for me but rather than cast her work aside, I decided to give it another go. I believe in giving authors a second chance to win me over.
What’s Lover Enslaved about? Thomas Barkley, a contract negotiator, has been fired from his job. His luck is pure poo, and he seems to be having a bit of regret. He has flashbacks that are riddled with the guilt over leaving his lover, Ranjeet, in another region he was working in when things became particularly rough and hostile. To drown his sorrows and provide a distraction, one night Thomas decides to let loose and seek the comfort of a male prostitute through a service. It just so happens that Thomas witnesses the male he’s supposed to meet (Arjun) being assaulted by his pimp, and the rest, as they say, is history. The story picks up from there. The premise is promising, but I was left feeling unfulfilled.
Ms. LeFoy’s writing style leaves me torn. It took me a bit to figure out what it is that doesn’t work for me. Let me be clear, her writing style isn’t bad. However, I think my issue lies with the dialogue between her characters. I can’t fully get behind some of the verbiage in the exchanges, which ultimately impacts a story for me. Also, the whole insta-lust thing of wanting to protect someone you know nothing about didn’t grip me. I want to say that this was a winner for me but sadly, it isn’t.
-Reviewed by Natalie