Book Review: Betrayed by Adrienne Wilder

Reviewed by JustJen

30178372Title: Betrayed
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Series: Bound Gods #3
Heroes: Leo/Kaleb/Aaron
Genre: MMM Fantasy
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: Adrienne Wilder
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  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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Review: Quite a few things are moving along with this story at this point. The Gods are still trying to track down the beast, and in doing so, uncover a greater plan that could have devastating effects on all of them. More secrets are uncovered, yet there are still a lot of unknowns.

Leo is still training Kaleb and working to get his Ambrosia levels up to a level that only he will be able to handle. It is getting harder to keep this secret and some things happen that will surely get the attention of the other Gods.

In the meantime, Leo has also decided to make a bid for Aaron. While against old practices of the doxie’s wants or needs not mattering, Leo brings Aaron into their relationship for Kaleb once it is clear how much Kaleb wants Aaron. I’ve wanted to see more of Aaron from the beginning, so to see him now being shown attention of any kind after he was so disfigured and heartbroken made me very happy. His presence also makes things a bit better for Kaleb. Even though Leo uses Aaron where Kaleb is concerned, it is easy to see the positives to his being a part of their “relationship.”

There is still a big question about what will happen to Kaleb once his year of training with Leo is up. Leo is adamant about them being together forever, but he will have to go against some major rules to make that happen. Doxies are not made for on God, though Kaleb is definitely not a normal Doxie. Likewise, if something were to happen to Kaleb, would Leo survive without his Ambrosia? And what would the Chimera do? There are quite a few fine lines being walked, and it should be really interesting to see how they all play out.

I am really loving this story. I will admit that I continue to have some trouble where Leo and Kaleb are concerned. I understand that Leo must push Kaleb to the brink with pain in order for him to produce the pure Ambrosia, but I often struggle with what that entails. It is definitely an interesting twist that Kaleb doesn’t enjoy pain as he should being a Doxie, yet there is Aaron, who is the total opposite, born and raised to be a Doxie, wanting, needing and enjoying pain and being used. This is yet another reason why I think this threesome works so well. Each provides an understanding the other needs that allow them to come to grips with their lives and to keep going. It helps me understand as well when I see both sides of the coin and allows me to more fully enjoy this well-written interesting tale.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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One thought on “Book Review: Betrayed by Adrienne Wilder

  1. Lovely reivew, Jen!

    If you’re a reader who enjoys darker stories, I can’t recommend this series more highly.

    JLT =)

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