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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!!!

Chained (Bound Gods #2) by Adrienne Wilder

Bound Gods: ChainedChained (Bound Gods #2) by Adrienne Wilder

Published April 5, 2016

194 pages

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Blurb:

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.

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Our thoughts:

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!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!!!

Accidentally in Love with…A God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Accidentally in Love With...A God? coverRelease Date: October 29, 2013
Published by: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Review Copy from NetGalley

I have a confession to make – I read this book on kind of a dare from a friend. I do love paranormal romance so it really wasn’t a stretch for me, but it wasn’t even on my radar until she mentioned it. I tend to be more of a vampire/shifter kind of girl, but I’ve been known to like some mythology or demons/gods thrown in. Based on the title and cover I was expecting a sort of unrequited or forbidden love story, but what I got was a whole lot more.

The basis for the story is that main character Emma’s just your average city girl trying to find love and make it through life but she’s plagued by the voice of a man only she can hear. At first this struck me as kind of cheesy; she’s going to fall in love with someone she can’t see and only she can hear? Pamfiloff makes it pretty clear early on that it’s more than that. There’s an entire mystery/suspense plot that really takes off and adds a lot of excitement and drives the story.  We learn more about the man inside her head, his past and what it really is that ties these two together.  The world Pamfiloff creates is pretty complex and action packed, and there’s a labyrinth of situations and circumstances they must weather if they can ever truly be together.

Well, that is if they even want to be together. One thing I struggled with in this story was the yo-yo of emotions. Guy (Emma’s name for the god whose voice is in her head) manages to convince Emma to help him escape physical captivity which will ultimately give her peace and quiet. They’re both so ready to meet and finally see the other, and it seems they might have some strong feelings for each other. Sounds perfect, right? They’ll fall in love at first sight and live happily ever after. Well…not exactly. Once they’re finally united in person, they can’t get along. Emma begins what becomes a book long emotional roller coaster of trust, lust and denial. She was pulling him closer and pushing him away time after time. Guy wasn’t necessarily helping matters either; one second he’s kissing her like his life depends on it, the next he’s rejecting her for her own good.  Their lack of communication doesn’t help matters, even if I mostly attributed that to Guy withholding information from her. Talk about feeling a little frustrated all the way around. Thankfully it’s all sorted out eventually.

I enjoyed the way Pamfiloff wrote Emma with so much snark, wit and sarcasm. I appreciated all her pop culture references. It made me laugh out loud when Emma acknowledges she shares a moniker with English rock band, Keane.  The style definitely added a little bit of levity to some intense situations and what could otherwise have been a pretty dark story.

This book is the first in the Accidentally Yours series, and I’m pretty curious about the other books. I mean the way she ends the epilogue? There HAS to be more – you can’t just leave it like that! Also there are so many really interesting characters that I hope to see more of in their own stories – especially Cimil. That girl has to be up to no good. Not to mention Tommaso – he’s been through so much and deserves some happiness. I hope he gets it.

RATING: SNEAKERS