I’ve mentioned Livia Ellis many times on the blog in the past. Most of the time it’s me telling you all how much I enjoy her Memoirs of Gigolo series. Last February, I had the chance to bring a little something different to A Life Among the Pages.
Sport of Kings is a great novella. What I liked was that I felt like I was reading a Memoirs book and something new at the same times. I might even like this better than the Memoirs books. It’s a tough choice. They’re both great, but I think being that this was my first M/M erotic romance and that I enjoyed it as much as I did, set it in its own little realm of my reading world.
Since this release, Ellis has releases a few more non-Memoirs of a Gigolo books.It’s great to see variety from an author, and quality writing through it all. Ellis is definitely an author to check out, especially with you’re a fan of a more literary erotica, which is how I like to view her writing.
Sport of Kings
“Alejandro, a young Argentinean polo player, finds the sultry hot first love he’s longed for in the cold Russian winter. When he travels to Saint Petersburg to join a private polo team, he meets Marcus, the American coach whose graceless charm is the perfect complement to his refinement. Alejandro’s first sexual experience is a first in another way for Marcus; for once, he’s with a man he doesn’t automatically eject from his life. Alejandro isn’t the only one to fall in love for the first time after their long weekend together snowed in. Before Marcus realizes it, he’s in just the sort of relationship he never wanted, and it scares him. World weary and bored, Marcus falls for the younger Alejandro utterly and completely. Then he discovers with love comes insecurity, jealousy, and fear. Only when it might be too late does Marcus realize to love someone utterly, it is also necessary to trust them completely.” (description from Goodreads)
Author Livia Ellis has hooked me into her Memoirs of a Gigolo series, but I wasn’t going to jump to conclusions that this story would be for me, based on her other writing. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying Sport of Kings just as much, if not more, than the Memoirs installments.
Sport of Kings is an erotic, but also very romantic story, about the troubled relationship between Alejandro and Marcus. I think this is one of the things I greatly enjoyed about this one. I already knew that Ellis has strength in writing erotic moments into her books, but I had no experience with the romantic side of things before, from her. While I was reading, I couldn’t help but notice the sensual passion that these two characters shared. It was beautiful at times.
Another thing that surprised me about this story was that the relationship is between two men and I didn’t think that it would be something I’d be able to get into easily, or even connect with deep enough. I was wrong, very wrong. The sexual orientation of the sexual situations in this book were not an issue for me. I feel this is because of how well Ellis can write a number of different types of scenes no matter the characters involved.
I think the fact that characters from the Memoirs of a Gigolo series were in Sport of Kings was a big plus. Like the Halloween special short story that goes along with Memoirs this story gives readers another look into familiar characters, from a different set of eyes. There are sections of this book told from Marcus’ POV and others from Alejandro’s. It’s this change that I feel aids the understanding of the relationship they share, as well as Marcus’ role in the world that Oliver (the main narrator and MC of Memoir) inhabits.
If Ellis plans on writing more about Marcus/Alejandro, or any other side characters from Memoirs of a Gigolo, I will happily read them all.
About Livia Ellis:
Were I to write a personal ad about myself it would read as follows:
Blond. Blue. 5’6”. A lady never discloses her weight, but I’ve never had any complaints. I only run if I’m being chased by a gun wielding maniac, but I do love yoga. Bit of a shoe hound. Have had issues passing up handbags. Trying to learn to play the Irish harp. Enjoy both theater and concerts. Love to read fantasy and science fiction. Am not ashamed to admit I adore Star Trek. Have a picture of myself (dressed as a nun) and the late Patrick Swayze (dressed as a medieval warrior) in a frame (Yes – I did cry when he died). Perpetual student with advanced degrees that are mostly useless when seeking job opportunities outside academia. Vivid imagination. Sexually adventurous only on paper. I never know what to say when people end a conversation with ‘god bless’. Occasionally play the lottery – but generally only when I’m feeling really poor. Love to travel. Fluent French speaker. Seeks readers whom enjoy what I write.
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