Release Date: March 9, 2016 Published by Dreamspinner Press Review Copy from Author
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur has never been quite this steamy!
Handsome Theseus journeys to Athens to claim his birthright as heir to the throne, and along the way he meets the roguish Pirithous, who teaches him all about matters of the heart—and body. When they reach the city, Theseus is shocked to discover that his father, the king, has a tradition of sacrificing young people to the Minotaur, the monster that inhabits the island nation of Crete.
Theseus and Pirithous, along with Iphitrion, a slave boy they befriend, set out to slay the Minotaur. After learning Crete is ruled by a mad tyrant with a fetish for orgies, Theseus puts his new skills to the test, fighting, flirting, and fornicating his way through the ranks, working his way past soldiers, satyrs, and gods alike as he attempts to accomplish his goal and save his city.
Fans of Greek Mythology looking for an erotic escape won’t want to miss this fun twist on the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. I guess you could guess that from the title, right? Arthur Griffin takes readers on a mystical journey full of action, adventure and – of course – amoré. It’s no secret that Ancient Greeks were known for partaking of carnal pleasures in any way they liked, and Griffin makes the most of incorporating that lusty living with a compelling romance in this classic tale.
As Theseus embarks on his quest to meet his father, he’s adjusting to his newfound strength and status as son of Aegeus, King of Athens. As if that isn’t enough, along the way he also experiences a sensual and sexual awakening, discovering pleasures previously unknown while meeting the love of his life. Griffin makes sure this bit of romance isn’t lost in this titillating tale, enriching the story and adding to its dimension.
There’s absolutely no reason to believe that this series of events couldn’t have gone down exactly like this. Griffin’s tale reflects the far-fetched, near believable nature of mythology while keeping it grounded just enough to make it plausible. Many of the sexual encounters Theseus and friends have during the course of their quest to defeat the Minotaur are rather unexpected, adding an element of surprise and excitement that is absolutely tantalizing.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Arthur Griffin fell in love with mythology as a six-year-old when his mother, not able to find a sitter, took him with her to her art history class. They were studying Renaissance paintings of Greek and Roman legends, and he learned two very important things that day.
One, that there was a whole new world of thrilling stories and myths for him to explore and be enchanted by.
And two, dude! A lot of people were naked back then!
Since then, he’s always enjoyed the steamier side of stories of the ancient world, and is thrilled to be exploring them in his writing. Sometimes his stories are set in a fictional version of the past, or sometimes the gods of old come knockin’ (boots) in the present, but almost always there’s some element of mythology visible in his work.
Arthur lives in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and two imaginary dogs. He had an imaginary cat, but it died.
When he’s not writing fantastical tales of two (or more) dudes doing the bone dance, he enjoys hiking, karaoke, superhero comics, getting drinks in West Hollywood, going to the beach, going to the gym, going to the movies, and writing non-smutty screenplays. (But for the record, smut is WAY more fun.)
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
The name’s Lio, and you may have read the beginning of my story in A Cupid’s Wager. Well, hold on to your hats, because there’s more to tell about your favorite cupid working in the Gay Division of the Inter-Dimensional Association of Cupids.
Remember Ethan? That Aztec god of the winds who busted me shooting a closeted human with a gay lust arrow? Yeah, I haven’t been able to forget him either. Even though I have a rule against getting it on with other supernaturals—especially ones working for the Straight Division—my magic is drawn to Ethan and all his tattoos and piercings in a way I cannot control.
But after that night of mind-numbing sex, now I gotta face my evil ex-boyfriend and a suspension by the IDAC for “misplacing” arrows. They took my quiver, and I have to figure out how to get my arrow privileges back before they’re taken forever.
Ethan seems to think he can help me, but I don’t know how anybody can make this cupid believe in love again.
Release Date: June 6, 2016
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Book Length: 75,000 words, 178 pages
Categories: Alternate Universe, Erotica, Fantasy, Humor, M/M Romance, Paranromal, Romance
“You know the lust arrows only work if the person’s mind is open to it. I shot Raymond with a Class 4 gay lust arrow. They only have a little more juice than a few tequila shooters. They can’t make a straight man gay.”
“But that is what you are trying to do,” Ethan shot back.
“You know it doesn’t work that way.”
To prove my point, I materialized one of my long purple arrows.
Without warning, I stabbed Ethan in the heart with it.
The arrow exploded in a burst of light and glittering purple dust, the blast blowing our hair back.
When the magic cleared, the stunned expression on Ethan’s face cracked me up. “Now, do you spontaneously wanna suck my cock?”
He gaped at me like I’d lost my ever-lovin’ mind. “What did you do that for?”
“Don’t get your panties in a wad. Class 4G lusts can’t make someone gay. You’re born that way. There’s even a Lady Gaga song to prove it.”
His big hand rubbed where I’d hit him. “You should not have done that, Lio. You have no idea what you just did.”
“I already shot an unauthorized arrow tonight, what’s one more? Besides, unless you’re gay, it won’t affect you.” I waggled my brows. “So what are you so worried about? Got sumthin’ you wanna confess?”
He actually growled at me.
“Build a bridge,” I told him. “If anyone has a right to be pissed off here, it’s me. The gaydar says Raymond is gay, yet you asshats over in SD decided to shoot him and a woman with true love arrows. Talk about a douche move. Forcing the man to lie to himself and everyone about who he is. And how is that fair to do to the girl? She’s a victim too!”
“The IDAC does not consider a gaydar to be a reliable source of information,” he said, completely ignoring the more-than-valid complaint.
Humans were born with a variety of sexualities, but there were only a limited variety of arrows to complement the IDAC’s narrow-minded ideas on sexuality. In a nutshell, there were gay arrows and the naturally more powerful straight arrows. Don’t get me started on the complexities of targeting anybody not gay or straight. I was glad not to be assigned to those fledgling subdivisions of GD because they often had to work with the jerks in SD. However, both primary divisions had arrows for love (red) and lust (purple), each with four different strength ratings—one being the most potent. In other words, the Class 1S love Ethan had been using was the highest strength straight love arrow—aka the most powerful of all arrows.
Hence his being so pissed at me.
“I’m not gonna sit here and argue politics with you. We both know I’m already in trouble for an unauthorized arrow launch. Make that two,” I amended, gesturing to his chest. “Why the fuck do you think I don’t have love arrow privileges anymore? Hell, the sparks our collision set off will raise questions too. I’m already busted. Fine! I’m ready to face whatever comes my way. When I set out to do this, I knew there were risks.”
“Set out to do this?” he repeated, looking utterly appalled. “You mean you have done this before?”
I swallowed, feeling like a child being scolded. “Only on unattached people.”
“I cannot believe you would do that to someone! A person’s decision to come out is deeply personal. You have no right, Lio! None!”
Yeah, but the Fates did, I supposed. Who put those bitches in charge, anyway?
I didn’t know what Ethan’s big fat beef might be—besides the one in his pants—but I had to get my ass out of this sling. “Like I said, I’m already busted. If you think Raymond isn’t gay, let’s just follow them”—I pointed to my unauthorized mark and the guy with him, both of them deliberately brushing hips and shoulders as they walked down the street—“and see what happens. If he changes his mind, I’ll admit the gaydar is inaccurate, I’ll turn myself in for interrupting your mark, and you won’t even get in trouble.”
He glared. “And if your arrow works, I suppose you get to walk?”
“If I’m right, and those two dudes get their freak on, you can do what you want with me.” Too bad that wouldn’t be those full lips around my dick. “But you give me back the gaydar and you don’t tell anyone I have it or that I was here.”
Ethan looked at the device in his hand as if it would explode or jump up and bite his cock off. His expression would’ve been funny if this weren’t so serious. He seemed to be weighing something in his mind, and I felt his anger retracting. Still, an aura of incredible danger and masculinity wafted about him. My heart thumped wildly, both from nerves and the exotic spiciness of his skin. Knowing his ferocious appearance was tempered with an innate goodness made me a little hot.
Okay, a lot hot.
Though it went against every rule I made for myself, I couldn’t stop picturing Ethan naked. Sure, I was as horny as any cupid, but something about this Aztec amplified all of my senses far more than usual—especially the ones below the waist.
“I cannot believe I am saying this,” Ethan said slowly. “But I will give you one chance. One. But if you ruin that man’s life, your ass is mine.”
“Talk dirty to me,” I purred.
He lowered dark brows. “You are not funny.”
“I think I’m a really fun guy. Especially when I’m naked.” I couldn’t help myself and gave him a suggestive wink. “And whoever said a little dick up the ass would ruin a man’s life? Ever try it? The orgasms are un-fucking-believable.”
Ethan curled his lip and growled at me like an angry cat.
“Jeesh, sorry I mentioned it.”
He seized my arm in a viselike grip. “Come.”
If I’d known going with Ethan would turn my world upside down, I would’ve grabbed my gaydar and run, taking my chances with my boss, the IDAC, and even the Fates. Because I wasn’t prepared for what was coming my way.
Not at all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. She has served multiple board positions at her local RWA chapter and with Rainbow Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.
Leo has been sent on a mission to find a missing doxie. And after weeks at Leo’s side, Kaleb is suddenly alone. Free of the cruelty the Chimera, he should be rejoicing. But instead, he becomes aware of a void in his heart, he never knew was there until Leo wasn’t there to fill it. When Leo returns Kaleb is faced with the choice of disobeying Leo—forcing him to take ambrosia—or risk losing him forever.
With a single flower, Leo is back under the control of the Association. And what kind of punishment is suitable for a doxie who disobeys his Master, even though it saves his life? Leo has a list of ideas, starting with Kaleb’s first visit to a Gathering.
At the Gathering of the gods, doxies, and mortal men, Kaleb first lays eyes on Aaron. The beautiful doxie is presented by the god Sol. There he will be fed the ambrosia, Awakened to his journey of immortality, and then serve his god, Sol, for all to see. Only the horror of Aaron’s treatment by Sol makes Kaleb realize monsters come in many forms.
And not all of them hunt doxies.
The Bound Gods series just keeps getting better and better! The intensity revved up several notches as Kaleb is trained harder, longer and without mercy. Leo and his inner Chimera are determined to beat Alton at his own game. Using Kaleb to trap Leo into service by getting him hooked on ambrosia again will not work to Alton’s advantage. Creating Kaleb, Alton doesn’t know that Kaleb is producing ambrosia in as pure a form as the flower itself. With Leo’s training, Kaleb’s limits are pushed beyond humanly possible. The ambrosia he’s producing is so pure and intoxicating that soon Leo will be the only person that will be able to contain Kaleb and drink the ambrosia. He’s sealed Kaleb to himself. Exactly what I was hoping to see happen as this series has progressed!
Kaleb has been tested and pushed a lot in the second book. He’s discovering more about life as a doxie, life with Leo, and the cruelty underlying it all. A monster is attacking doxies. Until it is destroyed, no one is safe, not even the gods. At the first gathering Kaleb and Leo attend together, events unfold that impact everyone.
There’s a lot of play and sex this time around. Kaleb is starting to understand the game and give into the desires he feels towards Leo and the beast within. Their dynamic has changed and intensified. I like how protective Leo is of Kaleb, while also being the Master of him. Again, it’s that give and take that just makes the heart race and conscience become torn over liking the guy.
The only character I’m not able to get behind is Sonny, Kaleb’s brother. I don’t like how he’s constantly saying he’s a god. He’s already becoming a cocky bastard and for some reason I just don’t care for him. Kaleb is too nice to Sonny, he should put Sonny in his place. Afterall, he’s the reason Kaleb agreed to become a doxie for his father’s debts. Kaleb saved Sonny. Ungrateful much?!
One thing is certain, Adrienne Wilder has ruined me! I’m not sure I’ll be able to enjoy other books as I wait for the next installment in the Bound Gods series!
Kaleb Holten’s father’s debt to an underground group The Association has just been called in, and the man can’t pay the loan. Instead of turning over his wealth, he releases his son and Kaleb finds himself thrown into a world where a class of men see themselves as untouchable. Going so far as to call themselves gods.
After the Great Economic Collapse there are no laws that cannot be broken. And Kaleb is forced into a ten-year sentence of servitude where he will have no say, no rights, no value and yet be coveted and protected as if he were a priceless treasure.
Leo Roan, has slipped the noose the Association bound him with by breaking his addiction to ambrosia and Kaleb Holten was supposed to be his last assignment as a doxie Master. But something about the boy begins weaving a new net that will not only ensnare him but the conscious darkness inside, that craves pain, agony, suffering, and death.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been pulled into a story involving servitude so I was anxious to delve into this fantasy world and the reasoning for the doxies. Servitude can be tricky due to the dubious consent involved; however, it can make for a powerful relationship dynamic for the two invloved. The give and take, the push and pull. It’s very intense in this fantasy world where the god Leo Roan and his inner Chimera are training a new doxie, Kaleb Holten.
Kaleb is to serve the gods for ten years, thanks to his father. The man took out a huge loan with underground group, The Association and never once made a payment or attempted to pay the debt he owes Alton. No attempt, just more spending and frivolousness is the face of their broken and torn society following the Great Economic Collapse. The Holten’s are the ones that have, his father wasn’t going to give up a dime of it to save his son, Kaleb. Don’t get me started on how much of a putz Kaleb’s father is.
For some reason Kaleb still has this sense of honor to obey his father and help his siblings, especially his brother Sonny. Kaleb agrees to go with Leo and be trained as a doxie. One year of training with Leo and nine more years of service to the gods. How will this green, virginal boy of eighteen get through the tortures and rigors Leo has planned for him?!
Now back to those pushes and pulls. There’s something captivating about the desire Kaleb feels for his trainer. Leo is harsh, firm, unyielding, yet caring all the same. There’s enough attraction that Kaleb is constantly at war with himself. Give in and please or question and discover what true pain Leo can inflict. It’s an interesting dynamic and the stage is already being set for these two to become deeply attached. Such strong attraction already, I question if Leo will be able to let Kaleb go after his training is complete. Leo just might keep Kaleb for himself. How is it that Alton knew to slate Leo with Kaleb? He fulfills every one of Leo’s and the Chimera’s desires. Kaleb will be his last doxie before being free of ambrosia and The Association forever, right? Maybe Kaleb will be too strong of a temptation, more so than sweet ambrosia.
An interesting world and players within it. I’m left with so much intrigue over Alton and his customers, the gods, Kaleb’s strange father and, of course, what will happen between Leo and Kaleb. A series I’m bound to, until the end!