In the South before and after the Civil War, there were a select number of professions open to men of color. Most toiled in the fields or did other types of manual labor everything from carpentry to loading and unloading steamboats. If a man didn’t want to break his back working he could be a butler, a couch driver, waiter etc. There was a great need for servants.
But what about business ambitions?
Being a barber was one of the most acceptable businesses. Cutting hair and shaving also constituted serving others, but it gave men much more freedom. It was something they could do to go into business for themselves.
In Role Reversal I tell the story of Andrew. In ten years he goes from slave to wealthy businessman owning several barbershops in New Orleans. He was one of the lucky few. Except all his money couldn’t fill the loneliness in his heart.
Before the War Between the States, Andrew had deep feelings for Robert, but he couldn't express his desires to his young master. When the family fled Atlanta, he ran away to obtain his freedom. Ten years later, Andrew is not only free but the wealthy owner of several barbershops in New Orleans. Only one thing is lacking from his life: a long-term lover. When a customer tells him the whorehouse hired a new male prostitute he hopes visiting him could ease his loneliness. Only in his wildest dreams did he imagine the new whore to be Robert.
The war turned Robert's life upside down. Without slaves to work his plantation, his father sold Robert to a brothel. Trained in the art of submission, Robert hates his life as a whore, but he doesn't see a way out. Heartache hits him when he thinks about his past and happy memories of Andrew. The man deserted him when they were children, just like everyone he cared for had over the years.
When his former love interest reappears in his life can he get over the man's betrayal and embrace the future?
Content Warning: This book contains historical style BDSM
After a half an hour, Robert entered the bedroom wearing nothing but a towel wrapped around his waist. Instantly Andrew turned rock hard. “Please put the robe back on,” he said, the words paining him. If you don’t then I’ll take you right now. I won’t be able to help myself.
Robert quickly obliged, and Andrew breathed easier. He motioned for the white man to come to him. Before he could scramble up and join him on the bed, Andrew stood. “Now it is my turn to take care of you.”
The submissive’s eyes widened.
Andrew did not say any more, wanting to keep the man guessing. He led him down the hall and into his office where he did his accounting and paperwork. In the far corner of the room sat a barber chair.
He ran his fingers across Robert’s face noting the light fuzz. “I will shave you,” he said, smiling. “I do know my business.”
“Yes, Sir. If it pleases you,” Robert said, sitting down.
Returning next door to the bathing chamber, Andrew warmed a towel in the sink and then placed it over Robert’s face. He sharpened on the strop and then a moment later removed the towel and began to slather his face with shaving soap.
Andrew carefully shaved his pretty face, knowing he’d not forgive himself if he nicked him. “You have beautiful skin,” he said, washing off the last of the soap.
“Thank you, Sir,” Robert said in a small voice, blushing.
Clearly the man was not used to compliments. What a shame. He deserved someone to take care of him, see to all his needs, and shower him with love.
After he’d finished shaving Robert, he took him by the hand and led him back to the bedroom. Once they got inside, he closed the door wanting the upmost privacy. Standing in front of him, he untied Robert’s robe; gently separating the two sides as he looked down at the submissive’s flawless body. A light blush crept down his skin from his head to toes.
Amused, Andrew gazed into his eyes and offered a playful smile. “Surely you’re used to being naked.”
“Y-yes just not in front of you.”
Andrew chuckled and ran his hands down the smooth planes of Robert’s chest. “I guess seeing each other without clothes as children didn’t count.”
About the Author:
Shiloh Saddler likes to do research for her steamy romances first hand. She has invented a time machine and travels back to the 19th century on a regular basis. There are experimental settings on her time machine which could propel her into the future and even other worlds. She believes love and a good book makes anything possible.
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