A Dish Served Cold

Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Gay & Lesbian

By Andrew Ashling

Publisher : Ormidon Publishing

ABOUT Andrew Ashling

Andrew Ashling
I write gay fiction.



There is one upside to almost getting raped. It proves that you're at least desirable to someone. Maybe Andrew Ashton is just a little bit too rational for his own good. Not however where it concerns his best friend Sean Denham, scion of a political dynasty, and like him from a privileged background. There's only one problem: Sean is straight. Of course he is.
Being born into money was up until now one of the smartest moves Andrew Nathaniel Ashton VII ever made. It keeps him free from worries about his future, earning a living and more of those trivialities, so he can dedicate himself to the really important things in life. Like getting laid.
In his society indentured servitude, commonly known as slavery, has been reintroduced for several, but mainly economical reasons. It doesn't bother him all that much. Slaves are kept on large farming corporations, in factories, in the backside of stores and such. Out of sight.
Andrew knows slavery exists, and he doesn't approve, but on the other hand, it is not as if he made the system what it is, is it? Yes, there was this one time when it touched him personally, but what could he do about it? It is not as if slavery is ever going to become a personal issue, is it?

Andrew thinks the future, all in all, looks bright and carefree. He thinks he is about to find true love. He thinks he is safe.
He is wrong.

"Once I accepted that not everything in this story was going to be easy to read I became immersed in the events told mainly thru Andrew's eyes. The highs and lows, the good and bad, the beautiful moments and the ugly truths he learns all combined to make this an entertaining and thought provoking story. I liked the author's writing style although I did feel at times that Andrew was perhaps too mature for his age. It was a bit hard sometimes to believe he was so young from the way he comes through in the book however that didn't take away too much from my enjoyment. I did waffle a bit on the rating because of my reservations with parts of the story but when I realized I was thinking about the story long after I'd finished it and wishing there had been more to it I felt it deserved a five star rating. Highly recommended."
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I have to warn you that there are some very graphic and sometimes cruel scenes. "I actually have sympathetic pains in my chest over this poor boy!", one reader wrote in a comment on a site where I tested it out. "Some of the scenes were brutal and a little hard to read, and some of the 'history lessons' were quite long. However, every single one of those scenes was necessary in my opinion, it helped me really understand the world I was reading about." another wrote. More recently, on my own site, where you can find the complete review, someone said "There was so much detail and finesse to the story. I would have liked to have known if he was able to track down that poor kid from the airport. I cried at that point and at the parts involving Eric. What a cruel world." But a little bit further down, the same person says "It is such a beautiful tale of redemption as well." and "The epilogue was amazing also, though very bitter-sweet."
There is romance too. I promise.