The Destruction of Kirill
Born in the workhouse and moulded into an obedient slave, Kirill expected life to be simple: serve his wealthy owners until they grew bored and sold him, repeating the process again and again until the day he died. He never wanted his master's precious only son to take an unhealthy interest in him, and he didn't expect one single horrifying summer's day to plunge his life into ruin.
Now he has to adjust to another kind of life: one with a man who never wanted to own a slave and has no use for the one he now possesses. But just when Kirill thinks he's finally found normality it all comes crashing down again—and worse, this time it's all his own fault.
Hauled into a world of chaos and destruction by a charming stranger, Kirill struggles to manoeuvre his way without letting both his past and his grief overwhelm him, but is his rescuer all that he seems, or has Kirill walked from one hell straight into another?
The Reconstruction of Kirill
A year after the events of The Destruction of Kirill, Kirill and Niko have settled into their unorthodox home life. Kirill works as Niko's assistant, and in return Niko flings himself into teaching Kirill everything he thinks he should know, whether or not Kirill thinks it's appropriate to learn.
Their cosy life together is thrown into disarray when Army representatives scout Niko: the French have enslaved the free citizens of Gascony. Niko's reputation for reform—one he never sought—has preceded him and now his technical expertise is required.
Plans for the pair to remain together disintegrate as soon as they set foot in camp; separated and conscripted into the slave infantry, Kirill encounters dangerous strangers, new friends, and faces from both his and Niko's past he'd sooner avoid. Can he survive long enough to make it back to Niko, or will his past conspire to drag him down once more?
It's Kirill and Niko's first Christmas together, and Niko is determined to ensure Kirill has the best he's ever had—knowing that it's the first Kirill has ever been able to truly enjoy. But even the best-laid plans can be derailed and the return of faces from Kirill's past threatens to do exactly that.
Can Niko protect his shy lover and ensure they both have the best Christmas of their lives?
One thing's for sure: Niko will damn well try.