Leo promised to keep Aaron and Kaleb forever. Yet he’s left them with nothing more than a note with instructions to obey the commands of another god? A god who has the key to Kaleb’s collar. A god who will tell them nothing about what’s happened to Leo or where he’s gone.
Kaleb and Aaron both fear the worst. That Leo has not abandoned them, but left them because he won’t be coming back. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because he can’t.
Too many have died and the god-son is growing stronger. With no way for any god to track it, Leo has only one choice left. Fight fire with fire.
Or in this case Chimera against Chimera.
The problem is Leo has always maintained control of the beast within him. Using its natural senses to do what no other can. In order to stand a chance at tracking and killing the god-son Leo must give the Chimera within complete control.
And the Chimera might not let him return if he does.
This felt like the end of one series but the beginnings for potentially another.
Leo is tested beyond measure as he has to come to terms with his Chimera, his inner monster. The god-son is on the loose and must be stopped. He’s killing doxies and older families who’ve supplied doxies to the Gods for years. Who made the god-son and why, still remains to be seen but Alton and the others have a pretty good idea.
We’re introduced to the goddesses for the first time. They’re old, wise and realize that it is time to join with the Gods again as the world will be changing. They must join as allies and prepare.
Leo must leave Kaleb and Aaron under the care of The Priest. He does a good job providing for the two doxies, but he’s not Leo. Kaleb is struggling because he can’t fathom why Leo would leave them and fears they may never see him again. Meeting more of the Gods and their talents was a nice addition to this story and series as a whole. The Priest was extremely interesting and being one of the oldest living Gods, his wisdom and past experiences were an asset.
The really interesting dynamic was between Kaleb and the Chimera. The bond they seem to build is like no other and it really hits an epic level while Leo is off to find and destroy the god-son. I enjoyed learning more of the history behind the gods, goddesses, doxies and ambrosia but for me it was all about Leo and Kaleb. When Kaleb flees and the Chimera hunts, there was nothing better. The result was quite beautiful and life changing for Leo and his brother within.
Such an interesting series this has been! I can’t wait to see if there is a spin-off or second part to the series. I’d love to know what happens to Pandora and the son of a god and goddess. Will Aaron stay forever? What about The Priest?! So many characters I hate to leave behind, but so many more we have yet to enjoy.
As the god-son closes in leaving more bodies in its wake, treason and betrayal against the Association is unveiled. An inquiry for the Goddesses has been called, threatening everything Leo holds dear.
And the Chimera is not about to let go without a fight.
Despite the dangers lurking in the shadows, Leo wants his doxie Kaleb to think of only one thing. Him. His training. His purpose. And embrace the reality of what he is and not be ashamed of his attraction to Aaron, the doxie tossed aside by Sol.
Attraction is one thing. Bringing the boy to their bed is something else entirely. Kaleb can’t possibly want anyone but Leo. A lie Kaleb will pay dearly for. Penance Leo will be more than happy to deliver.
But penance for a lie will pale in comparison to what Kaleb must do to keep Sol from taking Aaron away, and invoking the Chimera into a lifetime in chains.
First, I want to say how much I love the warnings and notes from the author at the beginning of each book in this series. Before starting Betrayed, we’re told by the author that we are sure to hate her over the turn in the story! That made me want to delve into the contents even more!
This series is pure erotica so if you don’t like a lot of sex between sexy Gods and their submissive doxies (who are bound to take care of Gods in any and all ways, sex, ambrosia and pain) then you might want to steer clear of this series.
What I enjoy about the series is the progression in Kaleb as a resistant doxie, one not born but sold into the position, and his trainer, Master, monster, and God, Leo. The Chimera and Leo are coexisting as they train Kaleb but the Chimera has been challenged by another and that has considerably changed the dynamic of Leo and Kaleb’s relationship.
I wasn’t sure about the addition to Leo and Kaleb’s duo, Aaron. Mutilated by a god-son monster, whom everyone is certain could be a Chimera as well, Aaron is discarded by his God Sol. He’s pretty broken as he was a born doxie and being sent home mutilated is pure dishonor to himself and his family. They’ll surely kill him. Kaleb has wanted him and his disfiguring hasn’t changed that.
When Leo brings Aaron into their bed, I wasn’t sure how it would work, but it added an edge and more of a challenge to those Leo and Kaleb already faced. How will Leo keep both doxies safe? Leo can’t claim two. How far is Kaleb willing to go to save Aaron? How far can Kaleb fall and let go to please Leo, the chimera and Aaron.
The primary mission is getting Aaron and Kaleb trained and focused. Leo is determined to make Kaleb the strongest, most pure doxie so no one can have him or drink from him except Leo. His chimera makes him unique to the others who’d die from overdoing on ambrosia if they took from Kaleb. So, there’s a huge focus on that training. The pushing of limits, the fear, pain, and unexpected requests.
It also opens up Aaron’s only hint of vulnerability and humility. Kaleb’s prized part that he’s never been able to release is finally broken and it rips him apart. Leo and Aaron must tear him down more to put him back together so he can be the purest doxie ever, and this greatly pleases both Leo and his inner monster.
This book was definitely setting up the final events that will take place. The god-son must be destroyed, the traitors exposed, Aaron and Kaleb claimed or safe, and Leo held in check. Question is, will they all survive and how far are they each willing to go to achieve their ultimate goal?
As you can guess, this was an exciting book within the series. Definitely some ups and downs as far as emotions. Some fears as to how things will work out for the three men. All will hopefully be addressed in book four that is already out and next to be reviewed here at 3 Chicks After Dark.
Welcome to our stop on Sarah Madison’s review tour for her latest book, Fool’s Gold. This is one sweet romance you won’t want to miss!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Eight years ago, Jake Stanford had it all: a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the love of his life, Rich Evans. A tragic accident wipes out everything in the blink of an eye. Hard work and sacrifice get him another shot at Olympic Gold, but only if he puts his past behind him and agrees to work with Rich again.
Bound by secrets he cannot share, Rich was forced to give up Jake eight years ago. Now he has a second chance to help Jake realize his dreams. But the secrets that drove them apart haven’t changed, and Rich must face them or risk losing Jake forever.
There is something compelling about the outstanding style and delivery of Sarah Madison. Her characters are complex and well developed, and they demand your attention. In this heartbreaking tale of young love and the struggle to find acceptance, even Jake’s overbearing, wealthy father grabs the reader’s attention with his misplaced overprotectiveness and homophobia. At the basis of it all is love and the confusion that surrounds navigating life. As many readers know, life’s never easy and it’s often messy. The same is true for Jake and Rich.
Jake and Rich are two guys who are young and in love until a tragic accident forces Rich to make a tough decision. Fast forward eight years – they’re thrown together again in their beloved world of horseback riding. What starts out awkward soon begins to seem like old times. Or does it? In this sweet, smoldering romance Sarah Madison reminds us that you cannot change the past but you can overcome it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she’s not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she’s at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.
Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2 nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3 rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series.
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Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing Lilah Suzanne author of Burning Tracks. Hi, Lilah, thank you for agreeing to this interview. We hope you’ll tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
I’m a browser; I like to take my time and peruse the shelves. Usually the title or cover will catch my eye, then I’ll read the blurb and a few pages inside. I don’t need popularity or a lot of reviews to be interested in a book and I really love discovering new-to-me authors.
What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
Wanting to give the person you love the best of yourself, and wanting to encourage and support them to be the best of themselves, too. For me, romance isn’t those very first swooning, heart-racing moments, but loving someone through the ups and downs. I really tried to exemplify in this book the idea that love is a verb, and that romance requires actions and not just feelings.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on the third and final novel in my Spotlight seriesright now, titled Blended Notes. And after that I plan to write a spin-off novella for Clementine, one of the minor characters in the series. She needs her own happy ending! After that: Something new!
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Editing is tough for me, particularly the last very tight edits for typos and tiny mistakes. It’s difficult for me to stay focused and positive, even though that stage is of course essential and very important! My ADD brain just doesn’t like it at all.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
Gwen is the person I often wish I could be, she’s just totally uninhibited by what or who other people think she should do or be, and fierce and raunchy and kick-ass. In reality I’m very quiet and sensitive and, unlike Gwen, I generally think way too much about what I do and say and what people think of me!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the sequel to Broken Records, Gwen Pasternak has it all: a job she loves as a celebrity stylist and a beautiful wife, Flora. But as her excitement in working with country music superstar Clementine Campbell grows, Gwen second-guesses her quiet domestic bliss. Meanwhile, her business partner, Nico Takahashi and his partner, reformed bad-boy musician Grady Dawson, face uncertainties of their own.
Publisher: Interlude Press
Book Length: 224 pages, 62,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian Romance, Romance Rom-Com
“There’s a reason you two aren’t allowed to hang out alone.” Arms crossed, one impeccable eyebrow raised, lips twisted, hair artfully tousled, and dressed to the nines: Alexander Wang black-on-black tropical-printed board shorts, a slim fit black-and-white chino and matching black lapel jacket, black boots, and a black and white scarf to tie it all together. “Nico,” Gwen says.
“Nico?” Grady is up in a flash. “You came?”
Nico’s face softens into his Grady look. “Of course I came. Did you really think you were getting rid of me that easily?” Grady comes closer, and Nico brushes a spiraled lock of hair from his face. “I’m sorry it took me so long. There were storms over Dallas, and I got stuck on the tarmac with a dead phone. I barely made my connection, and the clusterfuck of morons known as the United gate at JFK could not get its shit together, and I may be banned outright from Charlotte-Douglas International, can you believe they flag you as a security risk and hold you in a room with no phone signal or Wi-Fi just for threatening one person with shoving that goddam intercom up their—” He opens his arms for Grady; his look of annoyance slips away the moment they touch. “Anyway, I’m here.”
Grady sighs, crowds into Nico’s space, and tucks himself into Nico’s body. Much better, a perfect fit. “God, I love you.”
“I love you, too.” Nico sinks one hand into his hair, strokes the nape of his neck with other, breathes him in, and closes his eyes. “I’m so sorry. About the apartment and taking off and not being here yesterday, I tried to so hard to make it because I know how difficult it is for you. You shouldn’t have been alone.”
Grady sniffs and holds him tighter. “It’s okay. We’re okay. I’m sorry, too.”
Still ensnared in the sheets and duvet and barely awake, Gwen presses her hands to her cheeks and awws. “You guys,” she coos.
Grady lifts his head from Nico’s neck to smile at Gwen. “I wasn’t alone, though.”
“Mmm” Nico says. “And how much trouble did she get you into?”
“None,” Gwen says, defensive. Here she kept Grady safe and sound, searched all over Nashville and Las Vegas while he was off burying himself in work and what thanks does she get? None.
But then Grady smirks and says, “Kind of a lot.”
“Grady.” Gwen throws a pillow at him. “You’re such a tattletale, gosh.”
He bends to whisper something in Nico’s ear, and Gwen doesn’t miss the way his lips drag and linger on the shell of it, or the way Nico’s breath catches and his eyes roll back. When Nico lifts Grady’s shirt and traces around the tattoos with reverent fingers, Gwen takes that as her cue to extricate herself from the bed, put on some pants and a bra, and go fetch her luggage.
“‘Kay you guys have fun and make sure to change the sheets when you’re finished.”
“Wait.” Nico tugs Grady’s shirt down. Then he goes to the case he always has nearby. “You have trouble of your own, Gwen. Thought you might want to know about this.”
Gwen catches the magazine and folded-up papers he tosses her way: screen grabs from a few entertainment websites printed out in black and white.
Is This Clementine Campbell’s Girlfriend? Our source says, “It wouldn’t surprise me.”
Clementine and Gal Pal Definitely More Than Pals Sunning On Vegas Pool Deck.
Our exclusive source and close confidant of both says: Clementine’s married girlfriend “would cheat for sure. She was always touching her. There’s been an energy between them from the very beginning.”
There are pictures: her rubbing sunscreen on Clementine’s bare back, which looks far steamier in a fuzzy long-range picture than it actually was; a picture of them from the back at the store in the Venetian with their hands clasped and Clementine curled in close and her lips on Gwen’s cheek; and most damning of all, grinding together at the VIP club at the Bellagio just last night.
“I don’t—” Frantic and confused, she flaps the magazine and printouts in the air. “What is this? This isn’t— Nico, I didn’t, I swear.”
Nico holds both hands up. “Hey, I am well aware of the slander of tabloids. I get it.” He gives her a sympathetic look. “I’m just not sure Flora is going to.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she has also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the fan fiction community. She is also the author of the Interlude Press books Spice, Pivot and Slip, and Broken Records, which was named a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews Magazine.
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