Title: Master of the Game (Demons of Elysium #3) by
Author: Jane Kindred
Genre: Paranormal m/m BDSM erotic romance 18+
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Review source: copy provided by Literati Author Services in exchange for an honest review. See more reviews here.
Rating (out of 5): 5
~ Book Synopsis ~
Love is the ultimate game changer…and this time it’s winner take all.
Now that his lover is back in his arms, Belphagor is taking his own sweet time to say the words Vasily longs to hear: “You’re my boy.” And savoring the sweet torture of driving the firespirit into a frenzy of unfulfilled need.
As the undisputed master of Heaven’s gaming tables, Belphagor never plays unless he’s certain of winning. But this time, political machinations send the game—and Vasily—tumbling to the brink of even his formidable control.
Vasily can’t deny enjoying their delightfully edgy play—until the airspirit auctions him off for a night to the one demon with a gift for taking things too far. Seductive Silk, tight-lipped about the end of his relationship with the sweet submissive Phaleg, may also be involved with a new faction threatening the pregnant queen of Heaven.
Belphagor couldn’t be less interested in the games angels play, but when angelic and demonic intrigues overlap, he’s drawn in against his will. And forced to break his one inviolable rule: Never gamble what you can’t afford to lose.
Warning: Contains more than a mouthful of m/m ménage, with intense D/s situations featuring intricate rope work, balaklavas, and a flurry of snow.
About the Author
Jane Kindred is the author of The House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, the Demons of Elysium series, and The Devil’s Garden. Born in Billings, Montana, she spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.
You can find Jane on her Twitter account and Facebook page—both of which are aptly named “janekindred”—and on her website, www.janekindred.com.
Once again I was lucky enough to get a review copy of one of Jane Kindred’s books. Actually, I got the copy just a few hours before I won another copy of the book from a giveaway, and Ms Kindred was kind enough to send me the second book in her House of Arkhangel’sk series instead.
Now, back to the book. If you have not read the first two books, then what’s wrong with you?! You’re risking spoilers here! Away with ye and track them down because you are missing out on something big!
The story focuses both on Belphagor and Vasily’s relationship as well as Silk and Phaleg, and the similarities yet complete difference of the two are interesting to follow, especially when paired up. The story balances the plot beautifully between the more action packed storyline and the focus on the relationships. Having Belphagor admit to himself just how much he loves Vasily made me all warm and fuzzy inside, and for a manipulative bastard and “an ass” as Vasily would put it, he can be remarkably cute.
The characters which have been developing rapidly through the pas two books keep on growing more and more complex, and we get to learn more about their past and exactly what drives them to do the sometimes stupid things that they do, and you can’t help but to fall in love with them despite of (or maybe because of) their faults. I just can’t get enough of the world and characters that Jane Kindred has created, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into The Midnight Court next, which is the second book in The House of Arkhangel’sk series. No way am I letting go of these angels and demons just yet, I’m nowhere near done with them. “Traditional”, “mainstream” and “predictable” are three adjectives that I’m pretty sure will never be used to describe Jane Kindred or anything that comes out of her head. I love it.
PS: If you are not following Jane Kindred on Twitter (@JaneKindred) and Facebook, (Jane Kindred) then you really should. Reading her frustrations and delight as she writes the stories, and her characters take control of it is priceless.
“My characters are now hiking on Baby Jesus Ridge. I did not make this up.”
“That moment you realize you’ve sent your characters to a gay strip club and they can’t possibly have IDs b/c they’re from an alternate world.”
“Good grief, muse. How did I end up in Wales? The *spelling*. ~cries~”
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