Why I read these books:
I had previously read book one and two, so when we had the opportunity to read the entire trilogy in exchange for our honest opinion, I didn’t feel like I could pass it up.
Book One: Measure of Devotion
Jason Wadsworth is finally headed to university. Leaving behind his father’s cattle ranch in favor of the posh, gaslit streets of Perdana, Jason is determined to climb the social ladder and forget his country roots. If only his father had gifted him with a more upscale slave.
Kale’s been a country slave his whole life. All he wants is to keep his head down and live as comfortable an existence as possible. Unfortunately, his dramatic master despises him and makes life difficult at every turn.
Humbled by his first breakup, Jason grows to appreciate his ever-faithful slave and soon discovers that Kale is everything he’s ever wanted. Now he needs to prove to Kale that his love is genuine.
Kale, meanwhile, tries to convince himself that he simply feels the devotion of a slave to his master, but his actions prove what his mind is unwilling to accept: he’s falling in love. When Jason’s future happiness is in jeopardy, Kale sets himself on a course to make Jason’s dreams come true, even if it means facing up to the fact that, for the first time in his life, he loves someone else more than he loves himself.
My thoughts: 9.5 pots of gold
This was the first book that involved slaves, so I was not sure what I would be getting. And I have to say that it floored me, in the best possible way. This book is one of those that proves every once in a while it is ok to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. And I hope that I can prove that to you with this review.
A major part of this book I really wanted to hate Jason. He felt like a very spoiled child to me, but I guess that is what the author was going for. Then there is Kale, this strong stoic slave that just wants to do his job and get by. But our Kale is anything but passive, he does what it takes to make his life a little easier, and if that means pulling strings to get Jason what he thinks he wants then that is what Kale will do. Until what Jason wants, is not really what he thought he wanted in the first place. And while part of me wanted to say, well Jason you got what you asked for, a big part of me ached for him. And in steps Kale, once again to smooth things out.
The change you see in Jason is epic. A change that has you rooting for both of them. Yet Kale feels like it is his responsibility to ensure Jason’s happiness. And if this means getting Jason married well that is just what Kale decides to do. Enter Renee, while on the outside she is the perfect fit for both Jason and Kale, on the inside is not ready to share. I enjoyed Renee for the majority of her relationship with Jason till then end, when I was screaming at her to BE THE BIGGER PERSON. But again in the end it was Kale trying to ensure Jason’s happiness and Jason trying to protect Kale from things that are not as real as he thinks they are.
When I got to the end of the book I was beginning to worry, how will they get their HEA in such a short amount of time. Well they don’t, hell they don’t even get a HFN, at least not in this one. So yea this one is a cliff hanger, but I can promise you reading the second will makes it better.
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Book Two: Measure of Strength
Publicly, Jason Wadsworth is a young steel magnate. Privately, he is slowly unraveling. Gripped by depression, he is haunted by the memory of Kale, the slave he sold and the man who still holds his heart. Jason clings to his only source of comfort: the belief that he sent Kale away to a better life.
As grim as Jason’s life is, Kale has fared worse. Each day is a brutal struggle. All that keeps him going are memories of a happier time.
When a chance meeting thrusts the two back together, they must try to find the strength to forgive, not only each other, but themselves. They have one chance to right the wrongs of the past, but it requires the strength to seek redemption in each other’s arms. A strength both men may be too spent to summon.
My thoughts: 10 pots of gold
This one is by far the most emotional one out of all three for me. In one word gut-wrenching
Jason is a shell of himself, he gets by when he needs to but refuses to let anyone close enough to help him. For three years he has lived with guilt. Guilt for something he feels he has done to Kale, a torture he feels like he deserves. And now enter Kale. A broken man who did what it took to survive the last three years. He is so angry in this book, anger at Jason for selling him, even though it is what Kale insisted Jason do. Anger because he wanted Jason to fight to keep him. So when Jason buys Kale and brings him home from the horrible life he has been living the last three years, Jason is worried Kale will be afraid of him.
But the only thing Kale feels is bitter, bitter that he hates Jason because he doesn’t want to. He wants to let go of the pain, but he doesn’t know how. Slowly but surely Jason breaks through the wall Kale has build around his heart. This doesn’t mean that Kale is ready to relinquish his heart to Jason though. Kane has too many scars, both emotional ones as well as physical ones. And both of those scars Jason feels as though they are his mistake, his punishment.
And while things do get better, and Jason sees Kale as his lover and not a slave, Kane can’t see himself as anything other than owned. He is afraid to feel like an equal cause he is waiting for the day when Jason sells him again. But Jason has done a lot of growing up in the last three years. And yes there are times when I felt like they took two steps forward only to take three steps back. But Jason being the determined man he has become finds a why to fix their problems. And it is only then that Kale realizes that Jason is his HOME, not where they reside. As Jason says he is the wise one when it comes to Kale.
Now at the end of this one I felt comfortable, like if there had not been a book three to I would have felt okay walking away from these two. But hearing there was a book three made me a very happy girl to get to revisit these two see where live took them.
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Book Three: Measure of Peace
Jason and Kale have made a nice life for themselves in Naiara, but all is not as it seems. Jason’s hiding a letter with life-changing news, and Kale is plagued by nightmares he can’t discuss with Jason. Peace is within their grasp, but unfinished business threatens to disrupt everything. In order to move into their future, they must first face their past and seek answers in the country they fled.
Together, they venture back to Arine. Kale is searching for the mother and brother he left behind in slavery. Jason visits his father’s deathbed in hopes of finding the man he loved as a child.
Neither is prepared for what they find. Their devotion to each other must provide them with the strength to weather the storms they unwittingly enter. If not, the truths they uncover in Arine may leave them too damaged to ever find peace.
My thoughts: 9 pots of gold
This is the first book that I have not read the blurb for. I ALWAYS read them, I like to get a feel for what is going on. But since I just finished the first two I though just keep going like it was one long book. I’m glad I did, if gave me a fresh perspective without clouding my thoughts.
While this was my least favorite of the three, I still loved it very much. I loved seeing the life Jason and Kale build for themselves. Yet there are still things that they must face in order to really be free. Inner demons that they feel they have to tackle on their own. But soon realize they need to lean one ach other, take strength from each other, help each other in order to get through things that seem impossible to deal with.
Jason’s dad was not my favorite person in book one so when he was brought back in this one I was a little worried. But I must say he redeemed himself. While reading about Robert’s background and how he became the man he is, made me realize how much he is like Kale. Both grew up with nothing, struggling to make something of themselves. You understand Robert more and it changes the way you view him from book one. He really does love his son, he just didn’t know how to show that love.
This series will be one that I will reread, one that has a place in my heart, one that taught me to step outside the box and try something different. It is a beautifully written, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, epic masterpiece. It will break your heart, stomp on it, shred it before it FINALLY puts it back together. I can promise you will walk away a different person after you read this series. And I am grateful I had the opportunity to read and review it.
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