The terms seemed equitable enough. For a single year I would be at Orias’s command, his servant, to do with as he pleased. Then I would receive my reward. I had heard him speak the contract—“you will play no song, kiss no lips, and tell no lie without my command”—and I had assented.
As a nobleman's bastard, Leith has known for years he has no place in his father's castle. When a lord of the Fair folk offers him a bargain--serve a year in their court in exchange for his own title--he sees a chance to make his fortune. But the realm of the Fair, devoted to pleasures Leith has never known, has dangers all its own...and none more perilous than love.
From the moment he sees Ash, the Fair's gamekeeper, he is drawn to the scarred, mysterious Northerner; even in the throes of ecstasy with his masters, he can't get him out of his head. No matter what heat flares between them, though, they cannot be together: Ash is a slave, captured and branded by the Fair, and once Leith's term of service is over they will never see each other again.
In a place where every pleasure is permitted, Leith longs for the one thing he cannot have: to belong to a man who is already another's property. The Fair are greedy masters; can Leith risk their wrath for a love that can never leave the Forest of Glass?
Forest of Glass
File under: bargains with the fae, dark fairy tales, feasts under the starlight, permitted lust but forbidden love, pining, bed-sharing, risking it all for love
Content notes: group sex; bondage; impact play; dubious consent; mentions of assault