Professor Diego and his team have made a potentially world-shaking discovery at their archeological site in Central Mexico— two Aztec skeletons lovingly interred. As they begin to examine the remains, the story of an ancient mystery couple begins to unfold.In pre-Columbian Mexico, a young Aztec warrior called Metzín cannot understand the strange attraction he feels for TotProfessor Diego and his team have made a potentially world-shaking discovery at their archeological site in Central Mexico— two Aztec skeletons lovingly interred. As they begin to examine the remains, the story of an ancient mystery couple begins to unfold.In pre-Columbian Mexico, a young Aztec warrior called Metzín cannot understand the strange attraction he feels for Tototli, a quiet slave owned by his family. Torn between familial duty and love for his “little bird,” Metzín becomes the target of a sadistic bully, both at school and on the battlefield.In the present, Diego and his assistant, Gerardo, dare to start a romance amid the conflicting forces of their families, religion, society, and work. With funding for their project in jeopardy, they must balance love with social disapproval and solve the mystery of the intertwined Aztec skeletons.And for Metzín—as war draws near, he must choose his destiny. Will he prove himself on the field of honor, or stay behind with his love? It is a more dangerous choice than Metzín realizes. Unbeknownst to him, forces beyond his control are gathering. It will be all he can do to survive the coming storm—and hold on to his love....
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Barbacoa is the second of this author's books I've read (the first being Day of the Dead) and I absolutely love his storytelling. Judging by these two stories, he's clearly not a romance author. He doesn't include erotic content and all sex scenes are off-screen. His stories also don't guarantee an HEA. Honestly, I think he's more of a gay fiction writer than MM.That being said, this was another exceptionally well-written story. It weaves together two parallel stories from different time periods. One is set in the 15th century Aztec culture, and the other is set in present day Mexico. In my opinion, there are two possible ways to interpret the connection that exists between these stories. Viewed through a secular lens, both stories highlight same-sex pairings. The modern day couple discovers the skeletons of the historic couple during an archaeological dig.However, I'd also argue that one could choose to interpret the stories in a more spiritual perspective. One might speculate that the modern day couple is possibly the reincarnation of the ancient couple. There are several instances where the author sort of alludes to this, but it's very subtle. Anyway, the original couple, an Aztecan warrior and his slave boy, have sort of a Romeo and Juliet romance. But the modern story ends on a much more optimistic note. And it seems to me that if you believe that humans go through similar lifetimes learning lessons until they get it right, that this story would make a lot of sense.Remarkable historic research must have gone into the telling of this story. The world building is spectacular. I enjoyed the book very much.
I can easily see this either being a book people love or hate. It has a wealth of details and intricacies of Aztec life. At times I felt wrapped up into the barbaric ancient world and was eager to find out what happened to the couple that was found buried together. At other times I was frustrated with the story and characters.The book is setup with two couples and switches between them. I was just getting into one story line and it was switching time. One of the story lines follows the modern day couple Diego, the professor in charge of excavating the skeletons, and his assistant Gerardo. To me this one is pretty typical story line spending a great deal of time on Gerardo's family and his wariness at coming out to them. There just wasn't any time spent building these two as a couple. We get the catholic family, we get problems with funding, and we get discussions about being in the closet. What is lacking is actual time spent with the characters enjoying themselves and showing some emotions. The second couple in someways is even worse. Metzin and Tototli have a sad story and it is cloaked in the fascinating Aztec culture. But all that world building hides the couple and their love. Their story is told completely through Metzin and we have no clue about Tototli at all. They don't talk or interact in any meaningful way. There is all sorts of Metzin musing of how he lusts after Tototli and it is wrong but very little else.For me each love story fails to capture me because I really can't picture the couples in love. It isn't because the of the lack of sex but the lack of emotions. The historical parts of this book were fascinating but they overshadowed everything in the story instead of enhancing and blending into the story.
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Dropped at 30% because I wasn't interested in reading the in-the-past chapters and I also didn't like reading about in-the-closet MCs.