Thick as Thieves
by Tali Spencer
Fantasy, M/M, Erotic Romance
After Vorgell the barbarian f!@#s himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.
Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.
Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.
Overall Enjoyement: 4.5
I picked this book up at GRL2013 in print due to the first line of this blurb. A barbarian fucking himself with a unicorn horn? Um, heck yeah! That sounds just crazy enough I had to buy it. What I quickly realized was that line was a trick meant to make a reader do exactly what I did—buy the book.
However this was no ploy meant to sell a lousy book. THICK AS THIEVES is a great read which I could not put down. As a life-long fantasy reader, I was thrilled to get a fantasy m/m. Complete with barbarians, dungeons, unicorns, basilisks, and oh yeah! MAGIC!
I will not give spoilers about how this unicorn horn fucking incident propels the story—hey blurbs are hard to write and this one deserves to be rewarded by teasing you to buy the book—but I will tell you it is not as nefarious as one might imagine. It is actually a clever way of mingling sexy with fantasy.
Vorgell is the unfortunate barbarian who fucks a unicorn horn, inadvertently absorbing magic which makes him not only a giant horndog, but it also makes him extremely valuable to any witch that might want to use him for ill purposes. Vorgell gets himself arrested and Madd is the young witch who finds himself stuck in a cell with the giant, horny barbarian. Being clever, Madd uses Vorgell’s unicorn-magic infused blood to free them both. Then the adventure begins.
Unlikely traveling companions thrust together by unique situations, soon both men realize they need each other. Vorgell is a living breathing reservoir of magic because the unicorn horn dissolved in his body, enchanting his blood and his cum. And he’s crazy horny. 24/7/365. If anyone learned about Vorgell and the magic running in his veins, the barbarian’s life would be forfeit. Madd isn’t interested in being the giant man’s bitch and he manages to resist his powerful advances. But he could use the other man’s help. The evil Baron Flemgu placed a magic submission collar on Madd, and he would do anything to get it off. With Vorgell’s help, he might be able to do it. In order to do that, they will have to make deals with thieves and female witches, some who would rather see Madd dead. But getting the collar off is no easy task. They need to get a basilisk egg from Flemgu’s castle. A man hell bent on getting his witch slave back, Flemgu isn’t pleased Madd magicked boils all over his face and he will stop at nothing to get reveng—so going back to his castle is a risky plan. Vorgell’s strength can protect them on their journey but more importantly, when Madd needs an extra boost to his magic… well? Sex is the best way to get it.
Intermingled within a well-developed fantasy world, there is a real attachment forming between Vorgell and the sarcastic witch, Madd. The romance was not forced, but flowed naturally. Though Vorgell will screw anything and anyone, his attraction to Madd and his desire to protect him is genuine. I loved, loved the way Tali Sencer shook up typical m/m roles by making Vorgell a bottom in secret. This suits Madd’s needs after an aggressive sexual past of being forced due to his small size. Both men are surprised to find that the other one is exactly what the other one needs. The sex was spicy but not over the top which complimented the style of the book. The only thing that stops me from giving this book a 5star was the occasional use of modern dialog mixed in with old timey terms like “son of a she-ox.” The modern terminology like “pervy” and “jerking off” drew me out of the story a little, but not enough to put it down. An honest to goodness fantasy, there is just enough sweetness and humor in the romance to make THICK AS THIEVES a must-read for any m/m fan and fantasy lover. It had a HEA and a satisfying ending, but there are stories in this world that are not finished.
I am looking forward a sequel and sure hope one is in the works.