February 3rd, 2011

andrew potter

Ellery’s Duty (A Thrown to the Lions Story 3) by Kim Dare

In the same universe of the two previous stories, Ellery’s Duty takes a twist: Kefir, the werelion, is not a Dominant in searching of a pet, but he is more a kitten who wants to find his Master and being a lap pet himself (see all the lapping, cuddling and all kitten gestures he has). Kefir has a gentle soul; in lion form he is for sure stronger than any human, but not as strong as other lions. He is small and lithe and he has no mean bone in him. He is clever but sincerely he has not the push to be a leader. In such situation, and inside his pride, it’s unlikely that he is able to find a soul mate, because another lion will not allow to a peer to submit, and an ordinary man is not considered strong enough to be Master of a lion.

Ellery is a human Dominant who wants to be sure the submissives they send to the Lions’ Den are taking care of. No one has really ever complained but is Ellery’s duty to be sure of that. So he proposes himself as a “submissive” to be thrown to the lions; problem is that Ellery is everything other than a submissive, both in appearance than attitude. The night he is thrown to the lions, no one of the werelion wants to “play” with him until Kefir doesn’t come along: Kefir is fascinated by Ellery, by the strength of the man. It’s really a tender scene, with Kefir looking at Ellery like a wonderful gift Kefir has no right to ask, and Arslan, the pride leader, who pushes Kefir to ask for the unthinkable.

It’s true that Kefir is a submissive for nature and in his case is really a question of nature, Kefir needs a protective man, he needs to feel safe and comfortable, but he also knows that he is a lion and a lion protects his pet. It was quite endearing to read about how Kefir called Ellery “his pet” in his mind, right after he and Ellery has a sexual encounter where Ellery was not a pet at all. But indeed Kefir is right in his thinking, as Arslan tells him: he is the submissive during sex, and in their personal relationship, but outside that, Kefir is the lion and Ellery the man, and so, in front of the pride, Kefir is responsible for Ellery. They will not be able to explain that to Ellery, or to have him accept that, but both Kefir than Arslan know that, and that is the only important thing.

Again a good and naughty story by Kim Dare, with right that light touch of BDSM to make it kinky.


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Amazon Kindle: Ellery's Duty (Thrown to the Lions)
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (November 12, 2010)

Series: Thrown to the Lions
1) Ryland's Sacrifice
2) Marrick's Promise
3) Ellery's Duty

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Delicious (The Chronicles of Fae 1) by H.C. Brown

This novella follows a trend quite common in the recent M/M production: the naughty faeries and their love adventures. In this case a 100 years old fairy, Lor, (and for fairy I mean the original one with wings and allure) has fallen in love for a shapeshifter (or pride). The only problem is that the cat, Ryland, is not aware of his true nature and so Lor promotes himself as a teacher. On the other hand Ryland would prefer to play rather than learn and he is not at all satisfy when Lor denies him sex. Apparently the fairies have quite a freedom of love attitude, everyone is having sex with everyone, more or less, even if they are legally mated, often with both a male and a female at the same time. Indeed Lor is not against the idea Ryland to have sex with other cats or faeries, but he continues in his firm decision to not allow Ryland into him, and I mean exactly what you are thinking.

I do liked both Lor and Ryland and in a way I liked their tentative to remain faithful to their feelings in a world where sex is more or less a recreational activities. Lor claims he wants romance, I think Ryland is more interested in hot sex, but if he can have it giving to Lor the romance he wants, then he is in for the ride. That is probably the best part of the story. What I didn’t like so much were all the attempts of cats and fairies to get into Ryland’s pants and unfortunately some of them succeeded. Apparently this is not upsetting Lor, at least until it’s only a matter of sex and not love.

I got a bit lost, and I lost Lor, in the second part of the story, when Ryland’s education was taken as a task by Nox, the king of the fairies. I think that Nox, in the author’s mind, was to be a positive character but I read him like an obstacle between Ryland and Lor; without him to interfere, probably Ryland would have reached, and pretended, Lor as a lover well before, and we would have been more to read of them as a couple. In any case I think this was probably one of the goal of the author, to prove to the reader that sex is not love, and that you (Ryland) can have sex, and enjoy it, even if you are not in love, but when you finally obtain your true love it will be way more satisfying.


Amazon Kindle: Delicious
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC (July 29, 2010)

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