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Spoils of War - Kari Gregg “These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That's institutionalized.” Red – The Shawshank Redemption Although I regretted a few shortenings and I would have liked it to be exploited in something bigger, Spoils of War is an erotic romance which manages to tell much in a very short story.Micah is captured when he is only a young boy. He is a war tribute and is enslaved. His life freezes in obedience; he exists only to please his masters, not only condemned to be a perpetual abused and molested child but also whoring himself to their pleasure.The book begins with an odd mechanical voice and the detachment with which Micah speaks of his ten years of captivity twisted my guts with pity as much as the list of his abuses.And then comes Eli who snatches him from his masters and kidnaps him in a journey toward safety.I was just telling myself that the 1st person POV and his odd voice kept me at distance in this part of the story when Kari Gregg reminded me that it was an erotic romance! Did I lose any critical faculty!!The sex scenes were scorching hot and sweet at the same time while Micah was learning to want, to feel and to love, and while I feared that he would at best become a beloved puppy, Micah only feared to lose his master.The author manages to avoid the easy route of a miraculous healing thanks to love and sex, though. Can Micah even fully heal? Eli is not a wizard and Micah is damaged : Spoils of War is the story of two people playing with the very bad set of cards they’ve been dealt.“I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. Red – The Shawshank Redemption