“Is it dead?”
Leo growled as the Chimera slid forward. There was no longer a fight for control, just a slow back and forth exchange. Kaleb widened his eyes.
“No.” Leo nuzzled Kaleb's neck. “I am here.”
“We both are.”
“Where is your son now?”
“And you think a god can tame him?”
“A certain god. One who might have been born with a gift but should have been born a doxie. I've studied you, Alton. I've studied all of you. This god is unique. I'm not asking to take him away forever.”
Oh I can’t wait to see how that relationship develops. ❤️
“If you want a doxie, you tell them to come to your room.” It was their job.
Cerberus nodded. “I used to, but I knew they hated it. I could smell it. I understand being feared, but I don't want to be hated.”
I just adore him. Can’t wait to reread his book. ❤️
“I know you Kaleb. I will always know you. And unlike the man, I do not share.”
Kaleb shook his head.
“Be mine. Only mine.”
“Would you throw me away?” He held out the clothes to Leo. “If something happened to me and I was no longer desirable, would you abandon me?”
“We are all prisoners, Kaleb. Some of us
just wear collars, some of
are bound by the chains
“As with anyone you serve, there will be times you will hate me, but you will learn to understand me, my wants, my needs, anticipate what I desire. You will want my pain because my desire will give you the greatest pleasure, and wanting to please me will be your greatest desire.”
Leo held up the collar. “This is your last chance, Kaleb. Once this is on it does not come off for any reason. I'm the only one with the key, I'm the only one who can remove it. And it will remain on your neck until the day you are no longer mine.”
Love these characters but feel this “last” installment could have easily been expanded to 3 others. Many new characters introduced that I would have loved knowing better and many storylines left unresolved...“For now”. Hoping for more eventually. ❤️
This year’s “Best Of” revolve around 4 amazingly written series with the top spot landing at Cordelia Kingsbridge’s “Seven of Spades” Series. (Book #5 due out in March). Not only did this story blow me away with the serial killer and mystery aspects but Levi and Dominic now land in my top 5 MM couples of all time. Unbelievably developed characters and relationship.
Rounding out the rest of the best of series are:
#2 – Edmond Manning’s “King” Series. Explore this series with the “Heightened Cliffhanger Sequence” where King Daniel is read in sections between each of the other books. Definitely a series that cannot be explained and must be experienced. Absolutely beautiful!
#3 – “Flesh Cartel” Series by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau. An absolutely brilliant mindfuck!! I miss Dougie, Mat and even Nik. May need a reread of this in 2019.
#4 – “Bound Gods” Series by Adrienne Wilder. The world of Gods and Doxies is built beautifully here and in a way that explores the role and strength of Doxies that is most unexpected. Love these characters and eagerly await more.
As far as standalones go, the top of the list by far is Nicky James’ “Love Me Whole”. Like with most of Nicky’s stories, the mind is explored in ways I have not seen by many other authors. While this was one of the first books I read in 2018, it is one that has not left my thoughts at all.
Rounding out the rest of the best of standalones is:
#2 – “Rule Breaker” by Lily Morton. While technically part of a series, this one can be read all by itself. One word…GABE!
#3 – “The Escape” by Nicky James. Another that is technically part of a series but can be read solo. Diving here into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, this one is another that has not left my thoughts all year.
Total Number of Books Read – 134
Another amazing year of books from some talented authors in the MM Genre. Eagerly awaiting more from Cordelia Kingsbridge and Adrienne Wilder as their series continue and likely come to a close. Rereads are in order starting in January. A huge thanks to all the authors who I had the honor to read this year!
In the space of one of the human’s heartbeats and the next, everything changed as vulnerability replaced bluster. Noah crossed the room to him, one hand resting on each of Khaz’s shoulders as he nudged him back towards the wall. Khaz took step after step backward, his chin lifting by subtle degrees as he looked up at the larger man. The solid bulk of him pressed in close, and right before warm lips met his own, the most terrifying words he’d ever heard burned themselves in his memory.
“Please don’t let them take me. I want to stay here with you.”