Posted By lantoniou on October 21, 2013
After waiting longer than we anticipated, The Reunion is finally available, both as an e-book (with a bonus short story), and in a two-volume, print edition. Why two volumes? Ask my fans who have the original, Mystic Rose edition – the font size was so tiny, it was extremely difficult to read. For those who did manage it, however – the reviews were sterling!
Debra Hyde: “I can’t say enough good things about The Renuion. Laura Antoniou’s plotting only improves with age; . . . [h]er eye for detail, both subtle and broad, remain remarkable, and her erotic writing still provides exciting interludes. If anything, the hot vacation sex at the novel’s midpoint is one hell of a clever reward for her dedicated fans.
“Yes, the potent combination that made The Slave such the most popular volume in the original trilogy fires up again, and while I refuse to say whether the unrequited desire of every reader who ever latched onto Chris and Robin is finally answered, I can say this reunion is immensely satisfying.”
That’s right, The Reunion brings back two of the most popular characters in the The Marketplace series. Robin, recently released from her contract, meets her old trainer Chris Parker on a trip to Ireland where they will join dozens of other slaves for a week at a centuries-old Castle (now 4-star hotel), at a Marketplace-sponsored Reunion.
For Robin, now a veteran slave, the week at Kaleigh Castle will give her time to consider whether she is ready to return to the auction block. During the Reunion, she will meet slaves from all walks of life, as well as their spouses, significant others, and even children. Some of her new friends are also struggling with their own futures, whether they are still in the Marketplace, retired, or returning to service.
As for Chris, it will be a trip back in time to a place where he learned many of the skills that made him so valuable to the Marketplace. But never completely on holiday, he hopes to meet with a handsome young Earl and his millionaire American bride, whose talents for slave-training have gained them special attention. . . including the attention of a nosy tabloid reporter, who is hoping for the biggest story of his career — a real-life international slave trading ring.
What is a Reunion? I’ll let Winifred, a member of the Marketplace bureaucracy answer that for me:
“It’s not just a vacation,” Winifred said firmly. “It’s a Reunion. Slaves from all walks of life, from all over the world go to Reunion events. Some will be taking their scheduled breaks, and others, who are retired, will be there for the camaraderie and the shared history. But many attend when they are in transition.” Winifred looked at Carol meaningfully, and Carol grasped at the word.
“If they’re between contracts, thinking of expanding their skills, considering retiring, or, like you, wondering about returning, the Reunions are wonderful opportunities to network and gather information from other slaves. It’s a chance to meet pleasure slaves from the Middle East, butlers from Great Britain, executives from the corporate owners – Reunions are the place to find them all together. And, they’re a perfect place to be able to safely talk about your experiences and dreams with people who will understand you.”
Once again, the cover art is brought to you by my friend and cover artist Lochai Stine, and I have added a new short story to the e-book edition of the novel. “Kaleigh Lad” is a look into the life of Chris Parker at 19 years of age, in training at Kaleigh, and struggling with issues of sex and sexuality, identity and belonging, friendship and loyalty, obedience and spirit. Readers will finally meet Harry “Stan” Piggot, and will get a glimpse of three of Chris’s role models. Read an excerpt here.
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