Author ~ Megan Derr
Publisher ~ Less Than Three Press
Published ~ 13th May 2015
Genre ~ Polyamory Fantasy Romance
Lord Demir has spent his life trying to appease a brutal, selfish king, and keep the concubines under his care alive—and now he is on the verge of losing everything. The council wants to abolish the harems, there are no heirs to the throne, and the foreigners control the Steward. One wrong move will tip tensions into civil war.
Crown Prince Ihsan returns to find his home in turmoil, and the royal court so full of vipers it's impossible to say which of them will strike first. Removing his father from the throne, one way or another, should be a simple matter. Staying alive and proving himself a worthy king will be far more difficult.
Crown Princess Euren has spent the last five years in hiding so that she could not be used against her father or Ihsan. But she is the daughter of a soldier, never meant to wear a crown, never trained to fight battles where words are the weapon of choice. If she hopes to keep herself and her loved ones alive, she'll have to learn fast.
Note: This story contains polyamory
So many languorous kisses between beautiful, exotic, and dangerous lovers. I never imagined I could become enamored with a love story between five men, but I would have been happy to hang out in Ihsan’s harem well past the end of the political intrigue.
The Harem Master is set in a long ago desert landscape, filled with vibrant colors, jewels and pleasurable delights. The most coveted of delights is the king’s harem, where the harem master Demir, is the most precious and desired jewel of them all. The story begins in dark times when the ruling king abuses and often kills his concubines. Although Demir does his best to protect the harem, political powers in the kingdom are working to abolish the long honored tradition. When it appears that the political situation is about to go south, Prince Ihsan returns to the palace, but his return does not come in time to ward off traitorous plots and keep chaos from erupting in the royal court. While Prince Ihsan and Princess Euren work to uncover the plots and stabilize the situation, an intense romantic attraction forms between Demir, Prince Ihsan, and his three gorgeous but dangerous concubines.
Never before have I read a book that pulls off polyamory as well as in this book. I often find romance between more than two characters lacking. However, the attraction and romantic longing between each of the five men that grows throughout the book is very moving, and by the end, the love scenes are extremely passionate, emotional, and easy to follow. I was actually quite upset when the book ended since there were still so many possibilities between each of the men that I would love to have explored. If the author were ever to write a book based on their nightly exploits alone, I would be the first to read it. As it is, this is the first book I’ve read by Megan Derr, so I have a lot of catching up to do.