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Treasure: Raised By Wolves, Volume Three

by W. A. Hoffman

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I guess some people didn't like this third installment as much as the first and second but I found nothing wrong with it overall. I think everyone can find something somewhere in the books that they don’t particularly love, even me: the consistent references to the Gods as the last sentence of ever chapter; but I feel I can move beyond that because overall the story is as good as the first two, just different. As Will and Gaston said, they are no longer looking out for just themselves but for women and children now. It is a different path but I thought they both handled it realistically as they are ever wont to do in these books. I love their realness and devotion and madness and everything else. :) The 1600s dialogue is starting to rub off on me and my friends have commented on it and I love even that. These books have pulled me in and I'm not inclined to leave anytime soon. I could happily immerse myself in Will and Gaston for many more books but sadly there is only the one more. I am impatiently waiting for it to arrive. Ignore the artwork, read these books. They are fantastic. ( )
  Kassilem | May 28, 2012 |
Hoffman writes intimate, philosophical, epic historical fiction with romance (M/M, primarily) with wit and assurance. In this third installment of this excellent series, the past and society intrude upon Will and Gaston's lives and threaten all they hold dear.

Resting in the isolated, primitive paradise of their holdings on a distant part of Jamaica while storms keep the Brethren of the Coast from roving as pirates (or privateers), news comes that Gaston's father, the Marquis de Tervent has arrived in Port Royal, seeking his son after an absence of over a decade. Will and Gaston reluctantly return to civilization because, despite everything (Gaston's scars and his father having declared him insane and unfit) Gaston still has hopes of reconciliation.

Will and Gaston are still negotiating the treacherous road through both of their volatile psyches, holding hard to their love for one another as one sure thing in an uncertain world and yet still trying to make their way in the world. Facing Gaston's father is something they need to do together. They must also deal with Will's "damn wife"--the young, angry, drunk, Vivian, as well as babies on the way and those hoped for in the future. And there are also plots against them by Will's father in England. The Earl also works against Will's sister, Sarah--and therefore is a distinct threat to Sarah's husband, Striker.

Will and Gaston and their friends must decide how to defend themselves and whether they will rove with Henry Morgan, who has grandiose plans of attacking large Spanish towns, particularly now that a great Navy warship has arrived to aide him.

As with the first two books, the characters of Will and Gaston and their relationship continue to fascinate. Will unconditional love truly prevail or will everything in the world that is stacked against love overcome it? There is also the threat of change as Gaston's view begins to encompass more things: his father, his position and possibly a future that includes not only children, but inheriting from his father, now that Will has managed to help Gaston reign in the wild horse of his madness. Will, ever the one who wants to fix everything and everyone, quixotically, with his quick mind and facile language and huge heart, cannot stand in Gaston's way, though he hopes to maintain their love through it all...

The ways of the Buccaneers are changing, the way of the matelot which was the basis of Will and Gaston's relationship (although not at all the sum of it). So changes everything in the world, as well as Gaston and Will's situation. Watching the free-wheeling ways of the raucous buccaneers of Port Royal and watching the minds and hearts of Will and Gaston and their band of engaging friends and relations is a kind of magic that is only available in the best of books.

This series continues to be one to cherish for its revelation of other worlds and other lives that readers can truly revel in. ( )
1 vote aprillee | Jul 5, 2009 |
Just as good as "Brethren." I look forward to the fourth volume in this wonderful series. ( )
  willowcove | Mar 3, 2009 |
Treasure took me longer to read than the first two books simply because I kept rereading passages because they were so damn good! Right from the beginning I was hooked. What I liked best was how this novel really focused on Will and Gaston, with the men confronting issues and examining their relationship. The men do not go roving until near the very end of the book. Most of the story takes place on land, where they deal with family, their plans for the future and conspiracies that threaten them all. There is a lot of angst in the story; the two do a lot of soul-searching and talking, and they have a LOT of sex (woohoo!). Far more than I found in the first two novels together, though still not as graphic as most gay romance/erotica. I also think their love reached a new level, and the two finally became one.

When I got 2/3 through the book, I browsed Amazon and saw the negative reviews about this volume and how women “intruded” into Will and Gaston’s gay relationship. Now that I have finished, I have to completely disagree. Gaston really was the focus of this book, despite Will being the narrator, and I think that was so he could exercise his demons in preparation for the final book. Will’s problems with his father are the heart of the overarching plot to all four books. Naturally, the final volume will bring that to a resolution. Will must come to terms with Shane, his father and his past. But, he will need Gaston there to support him, and I don’t think Gaston would have been capable to do so if he hadn’t gone through the events in Treasure.

Gaston’s father comes to Port Royal to make amends with his son. Naturally, it is not that easy and he has other motives. But, his arrival forces Gaston to face his fears and decide what he wants for the future. He loves Will, and can’t live without him. But, he does want his title and he does want children. Both of which mean he will need to marry. Dissatisfied readers didn’t like this development, but it made sense to the story and more importantly, the time period. These two could not just fall in love and live happily ever after. Sodomy is a handing offense, and they are well-known, high-born men (whether they inherit or not). They must build a wall for the outside world to see, while remaining true to one another behind it. Will wishes neither of them had to be married, yet he understand the necessity and so did I. In the previous books, Gaston faced his fear of whips and overcame impotence with Will’s help. So, I had no issue with the sexual experimentation Gaston and Will engaged in with a female character. It was obvious they didn’t love her, or her them. They had a goal – to have Gaston face his demons from the night he killed his sister and his father beat him with a whip. He is both angry at and attracted to women; not a good combination for a man who truly has a mental illness. These scenes not only helped him overcome that, they showed him how important Will, and their sexual relationship, is to him. One of my favorite scenes late in the book is when Will wakes to overhear a conversation between Gaston and his father. His father wants to know how Gaston can engage in sex with Will if he doesn’t really favor men. Will’s reaction to what he hears, and his words to Gaston, were more touching than anything I have read in gay romance. It firmly cemented their commitment to one another without doing a disservice to the sacrifices and issues they have faced. The author has said she wanted this series to be more than a simple” boy meets boy, they have a few problems, they ride off into the sunset together.” She has succeeded beautifully. This is an expansive historical epic, with a wonderful love story (not just a gay romance) at the heart. Will and Gaston live in a real and dangerous world, and as they say often in this book, “we will do what we must” to endure together.

Though I found this to be a real page turner, I did have a couple of very minor criticisms. Will and Gaston work through many of their issues using their animal metaphor (the Horse, wolves, centaurs, etc.) just as in the previous books. However, I think it was overdone and a bit tedious at times in this volume. Since the men spend so much time engaged in conversation, and observation of those around them, they use it a great deal. Sometimes I needed to reread to see just what they meant. Secondly, I felt the resolution of Alonso’s unwelcome presence was way too predictable. I knew exactly what was going ot happen with him. That said, I felt neither of these things diminished the book in any way. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will now agonize over the long wait for volume 4.

I can’t recommend this book enough! ( )
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Gay buccaneer historical adventure/romance. The third novel in a series chronicling the adventures of Will, a disenchanted English Lord, and his beloved matelot/partner, Gaston, an exiled Frenchman, set among the buccaneers of Port Royal, Jamaica, in the 1660s. In this volume, the men ponder the true definition of sanity and the necessity of compromise in the name of love while contending with the arrival of Gaston's father, their potential inheritances, the political machinations of Will's father, Henry Morgan's ambition, a bounty upon their heads, unwanted brides, and an unexpected child.

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