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Reborn (Bound Gods #4) by Adrienne Wilder

Reborn Bound GodsReborn (Bound Gods #4) by Adrienne Wilder

Published July 5th 2016

Kindle Edition, 307 pages

Sales link: Amazon

Blurb:

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.

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Our Thoughts:

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.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Betrayed (Bound Gods #3) by Adrienne Wilder

Betrayed: Bound GodsBetrayed (Bound Gods #3) by Adrienne Wilder

Published May 11th 2016

Page count: 276 pages

Sales link: Amazon

Blurb:

Bound Gods: Book 3 Betrayed

The stakes are rising.

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.

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Our thoughts:

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.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!!

The Pirate of Fathoms Deep (Tales of the High Court #2) by Megan Derr

The Pirate of Fathoms DeepThe Pirate of Fathoms Deep (Tales of the High Court #2)

Released July 13, 2016

Published by Less Than Three Press

Pages/word count: 206 pages; 54,000 words

Blurb:

High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who’d gotten what he wanted.

Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he’s respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they’ve kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn’t forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.

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Our thoughts:

I like bold, brash, confident characters and Lesto fits the mold perfectly. From the first few paragraphs, I enjoyed being pulled back into this fantastical world Megan Derr featured in The High King’s Golden Tongue. It’s in that novel that we first meet Lesto and his boisterous and stern personality traits.

In The Pirate of Fathoms Deep, Lesto is unwittingly taken captive by some incompetent fools who mistake him for the noble, Lord Bestowen. It’s the eye patch. I guess if one shares that physical attribute with the intended target, they’re scooped up regardless. Lesto is no ordinary prisoner. He’s the High Commander to the King, Sarrica. The King’s former brother-in-law and best friend. Commander of Fathoms Deep. I could go on with his impressive list of credentials, but it only serves to show how fierce a fighter and soldier Lesto has been. He rants and raves and gives his men grief, but he’s a true leader. Confident, smart and arrogantly brave and skilled.

When he is laid upon Shemal’s door, drugged, by the two kidnappers, Shemal’s heart skips a beat for he knows exactly who the kidnapped man is. He isn’t some noble, but the man Shemal had been intimate with just once and has haunted Shemal’s dreams since– Lesto.

What results is a mad dash to get Lesto home and figure out what is causing a country, that’s been relatively quiet for the High King, to strike out against the throne in a ship attack and kidnapping.

Of course we get the misunderstanding that come with a one-off that ends before either party has a chance to confess feelings or intentions. Misunderstandings due to class disparity and language barriers result in flustered men that made me laugh and my heart sing with joy. Shemal isn’t some faint of heart gentleman easily swoon by Lesto and his wealth. Shemal is a pirate from the Farlands and he’s had a rough life.  He’s fought many battles and endured many hardships. He’s fiercely proud, but not too proud to know his place in the order of things in this world. He knows he’s a pirate and not worthy of any titles.  That, Lesto plans to break him of.

Together they’re a good fighting team but they just don’t have enough time between all the haste to get Lesto back home and the impending upheaval with Treya Mancee to work through all the particulars of what they want and expect from each other. Again, emotions get in the way and have the potential to drive Shemal away from Lesto for good.

This world is utterly fabulous!! Extremely detailed and exciting. A world of kingdoms, nobles, armies and fighting. A long ago time that is also a bit fantastical with its mpreg. By far one of my favorite of this genre. I thought The King’s Golden Tongue was impressive, but the books in the series just continue to excite and exceed expectation. This pursuit was far different from that of Sarrica and Allen and will surely be different from the next with Jader and Kamir in The Heart of the Lost Star.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

 

Wet Heat by R.D. Hero

Wet HeatWet Heat by R.D. Hero

Released June 20, 2016

Published by Riptide Publishing

Page count: 107 pages

Blurb:

Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, he’s stopped going into heat, which means he’s expired goods—no longer a fertile, young omega that alpha wolves drool over. So Lee uses Wet Heat, a synthetic pheromone, to reel in the alpha hookups.

After losing his job at the bank, Lee can’t afford to keep up his Wet Heat habit. His solution: scam free samples by pretending to be a happily mated test subject at Wet Heat headquarters. There, Lee spends two years being interviewed by the reserved alpha scientist, Cain, who at thirty-two is unmated and—up until this point—content with that.

Cain never really felt his alpha instincts, nor took part in the usual alpha/beta/omega social dynamics. But after discovering that Lee has been lying about his unmated status for two years, Cain finally admits that for the first time, he wants to court an omega. Unfortunately, he’s picked the one omega who doesn’t want to be courted.

Book/sales link: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/wet-heat

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Our thoughts:

Lee is a 40-something year old Omega that loves to play the field. He refused to settle down and mate with an Alpha or Beta in his prime. Now, the pheromones that attract potential hook-ups to him have stopped being produced, forcing Lee to use the synthetically produced Wet Heat.

Always one to party and becoming more addicted to the game, Lee loses his job and now moves about in an effort to score Wet Heat for free. He steals samples from perfume counters, stalks the free samples at grocery stores, and even entered a trial for free Wet Heat vials. The trial was for married Omegas, so Lee just makes up a story and continues it for two years.

Cain is the person Lee has to tell his fake stories to. Lee is sure that Cain is an Alpha, but he can never get him to break his stoic demeanor in all the time they’ve been doing this song and dance. That soon changes when Cain finally has a chance to meet Lee in a private setting. His nature is so different from most Alphas that Lee is thrown, causing Lee’s natural Omega tendencies to emerge.

The cat and mouse game Cain and Lee play was fascinating and entertaining. How does a calm Alpha who’s never played the field catch an Omega that doesn’t want to be tamed? By playing the game just enough to keep the Omega playing the game and feeling like he’s winning.

Throw in an interesting plot twist with a potential poisoning and another Alpha doing some seriously devious business with Wet Heat and we have a story that piques all interests. If you like Alpha, Beta and Omega stories, this one is a must read. Its uniqueness sets it apart, the wolves break the rules of most Alpha/Beta/Omega novels. Very refreshing.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!