The Pirate’s Game by Heidi Cullinan
Series: The Etsey Series, Book 3
Genre: Fantasy, Erotic Romance, M/M, GLBT
Length: 246 pages
As the love slave of the captain of the pirate ship The Merry Sue, Charles Perry, professional mess and reluctant god, is at last reunited with his lover Timothy—partly, at least. Somehow Timothy has become implanted in Captain James Gibbs’s mind, and for the right sexual favors, the pirate will grant Charles’s lover a few moments at the helm.
Three square meals a day, endless pirate fantasies played out in real time, and more Timothy than he’s seen in months. How can Charles complain?
Of course, trouble always manages to find its way home to Charles. The Pretender is still trying to kill him. His cousin is in a funk and shocks everyone with the reason why. But the most worrisome part is that Charles has realized he’d trade all his god powers and most of the world he made to have Timothy back with him for real—and he’s finally figured out how to do just that.
Barb Manning’s Review:
The Pirate’s Game is the third episode in Heidi Cullinan’s Etsey series. This chapter in the epic tale of Charles Perry and Timothy Fielding fills the pages with drama and love and heartache as the two try to resolve their fractured lives, which is not an easy task with time and space in an uproar and armies on the verge of battle.
There’s a desperation and urgency in the characters as they all struggle to come to some important point. James Gibbs, the Pirate Captain, moves onto the stage and The Pirate’s Game focuses on how he relates to Charles, Timothy, Jonathan and Elliean, the dual gender androghenie.
Charles, the Lord of Life is the bed slave of Gibbs, while his lover and the Lady, Timothy’s spirit, inhabits Gibbs body. This is a complex tale in which Ms. Cullinan manages to keep the details straight and the action moving. The Pirate’s Game tells the tale of a couple of seemingly all-powerful beings who cannot set themselves free from the turmoil they’ve made of their existence.
Other characters occupy the stage with Charles and Timothy. Jonathan and Madeline make changes in their relationship. Elliean, one of the good guys and Bassam, the prime villain in Temple Boy come to an understanding. Still the Lord and Lady remain at odds and this is the crux of The Pirate’s Game.
Heidi Cullinan is an excellent storyteller. In addition, her characters in the Etsey series are richly developed and the scenes are dramatic. There are three more books in the Etsey series and readers are in for a treat.
Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by Barb Manning!