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The Saturnalia Effect

Heidi Belleau
Violetta Vane

Out of Print

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Troy Khoury is serving a life sentence in Westgate prison for a robbery gone wrong. He just wants to keep his head down and do his time, but he runs afoul of an old-timer named Franchetti. Franchetti offers Troy a simple choice: kill fellow inmate Daniel Amato by Christmas in exchange for protection, or be tortured and raped to death by Franchetti's heavy, Pliers. Troy's no killer, though, and Daniel is as gentle and calm as can be. But a prison is a small place, and time is running out. Troy must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice before the choice is taken from him.

Westgate was an old prison, crumbling at the seams. The hallways were narrow and twisted and full of dark corners. Corners where anything could (and did) happen, unchecked and unseen, and especially to guys like Troy. So Troy kept his head down, hands in his pockets, and his eyes worked overtime as he edged down the hallway.

Daniel Amato had a cell on the honor block. Twelfth on the right. Troy could only dream of a cell. He'd literally dreamed of having his very own cell just last week, only to be jarred awake in his dormitory bed by Crazy Larry puking and shrieking the next row over. Every night, Troy went to bed fully clothed with his shoes on, so he could run fast for the guard station at the other end of The Pool when shit went down.

Ten, eleven, twelve. A cramped cell like the rest. Nice crocheted Afghans on both bunks. Pictures all over the walls—mostly what looked like cut-outs from nature magazines. Some religious stuff. No way to tell whether that was Daniel's or his cellie's. There was a statuette of the Virgin Mary, and one of a saint. The saint was weird, though. Troy couldn't recognize which one. And he knew his saints, even though he had stopped being a "Good Catholic Boy" (as his grandmother called him) somewhere after his thirteenth birthday.

He moved on.

4.5 - Sarah at Dear Author
"This story is fabulous, I'm so thrilled I found it, and I can't wait for more from this pair of authors.... The writing is brilliant, gripping. The characters are engrossing. The story's told entirely from Troy's deep third-person perspective, but Daniel's still a great presence.... My literary self both loved the implications of the way the ending was done, but had also enjoyed the story and characters so much that I would have been content with a non-HEA ending. And I never ever ever say that."

4 - Kassa at Three AM Reviews
"Once again SMP has delivered a great edgy story that you won't want to put down. It's very well written, edgy, and interesting from beginning to end. The subtle metaphors throughout blend well with the use of D/s, which is not only fitting but also expected in a story like this. This is easily a story I'd read again and I look forward to reading this duo again."

4 - Pants Off Reviews
"[T]his unusual and deeply intense story is worth being read.... This is a book you will think about, and I guess the authors have done their job. I thought I got a neatly wrapped HEA, and I would have been happy with it. Though I would have just marked it off as just another story. Then it surprises you with a WTF moment, and you know it's not just another story."

4 - Between the Covers
"I was on the edge of my seat as the events unfolded.... The rawness and darkness are what make the tale so enthralling and beautiful in its bleakness.... [I]n line with the movie Shawshank Redemption, not all bad guys are that bad and not all good guys (aka, the guards) are that good.... In addition, the use of submission and dominance between the two leads was well applied, although some of the roughness may be of concern to sensitive readers."

4 - Barb at Live Your Life, Buy The Book
"Daniel and Troy really were very sweet together. Some of the things Daniel said were just wonderful. So protective yet wanting Troy to also be able to defend himself. There is a story behind that and, again, my lips are sealed. For such a short book the authors really managed to fit so much back story in. One thing I would say is that you need to bear in mind that this is a Xmas story… so even though I thought for a while that my heart was going to break, it didn’t. I got my HEA. One that certainly stretched the bounds of belief, but if you can’t believe at Xmas then when can you? I really liked this book! Go. Buy the Book!"

3 - Vivian A at Hearts on Fire Reviews
" Like all prisoner love stories the themes of non consensual/ dubious consent and gay-for-you are present. Here the darker themes are flirted with but not engaged. The level of D/s was lower than I was expecting and surprisingly bordered on the sweet side. I would have preferred more psychological intensity between Troy and Daniel, but thoroughly enjoyed the physical. Overall, it is an enjoyable, quick read. I recommend it for readers who like a sweeter tale of incarceration with a dollop of hot loving. "




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M/M, prison, violence