Sweet Son is a fairy tale.....for adults. There is, of course, a hero, a prince, a quest, and sacrifice.
While that may sound overly simplistic, what makes this tale work - very well - for me is Eryn. He comes from a land where his particular tastes are more than frowned upon and it is his fear that drives him in search of the man he is dreaming about.
When he comes across the old woman, could his quest have been a lot shorter and a lot less painful? Yes. But would it have turned him into the man that his prince (in more ways than one) needed? That is a big negative.
The pain, humiliation and, yes, degradation that he went through while hard on him and even the reader, made him - I believe - realize that he was a lot stronger than he thought and also showed him a way (though a lot less painfully) to show Wyn his own strength and that he (Wyn) could let go - if only in private.
A good read.
m/m Fantasy Paranormal
Pride and desire send prosperous merchant Eryn on a personal quest to find the perfect man to share his life. Eryn has heard of a mythical land beyond the mountains, where it is rumored that a benevolent, magical prince rules a kingdom of equality and harmony, and so he sets out, alone and determined... but even the most focused of determination will only take Eryn so far.
A destined true love does wait for Eryn, but the path to his future is rife with risk, and he will face not only his deepest fears, but also pain, torture, and bone-deep desolation as he struggles to reach Wyn, a sweet, beautiful, and fragile man trapped in an enchantment. If Eryn is to have any chance at a happily ever after, he will have to conquer the illusions that have always consumed him, even if it means sacrificing life and limb for love.