Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Series: Bound Gods #4
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 307 Pages
Publisher: Adrienne Wilder
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Leo promised to keep Aaron and Kaleb forever. Yet he’s left them with nothing more than a note with instructions to obey the commands of another god? A god who has the key to Kaleb’s collar. A god who will tell them nothing about what’s happened to Leo or where he’s gone.
Kaleb and Aaron both fear the worst. That Leo has not abandoned them, but left them because he won’t be coming back. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because he can’t.
Too many have died and the god-son is growing stronger. With no way for any god to track it, Leo has only one choice left. Fight fire with fire.
Or in this case Chimera against Chimera.
The problem is Leo has always maintained control of the beast within him. Using its natural senses to do what no other can. In order to stand a chance at tracking and killing the god-son Leo must give the Chimera within complete control.
And the Chimera might not let him return if he does.
Review: This is the conclusion of the Bound Gods story. You should definitely read them in order to fully understand this world and what is happening and why in this installment.
There are definitely changes in the air. The Gods are in a somewhat state of flux, their very existence balancing on a fine line. There are those who want to see them all destroyed, and there are some interesting twists as the pieces fall into place surrounding the hunt for the God-son, how it came to be, how it can be stopped and what it hopes to accomplish. The killing spree and danger it poses to the Doxies have forced Alton to take major action – sending the Chimera after it.
So, Leo (and by default, the Chimera) leaves to hunt down the God-son, which poses a few extra problems. If he doesn’t return, what will happen to Kaleb and Aaron? What happens if the Chimera lives but doesn’t allow Leo to return? Kaleb is in love with both, but there are many unknowns where they are concerned. What is known is that without being able to release their Ambrosia, the Doxies will essentially overdose, go mad, etc. They simply cannot survive without their Gods, the sole reason for not allowing monogamous God/Doxie relationships. Yet Leo has not only Kaleb, but Aaron.
Leo leaves the boys with the Priest, who takes over their training and care. His methods are different, but he is still very much in control and has no qualms about dishing out the punishments and rewards. There is another part of this story concerning Aaron involving Sol, who turns out to have been more involved with Aaron than just his Claiming, and not in a good way.
Suffice to say, there is a lot going on, but it is those very things that I enjoyed most about this story. Those are what made this more interesting and engaging for me. I found some of the sex scenes a little too drawn out, and I had to skim a little bit to get to the parts that really moved the story along. Things were often things, such as Kaleb’s differences to other Doxies, his needing Leo, etc. that felt repetitive and unnecessary, and again, gave me the urge to skim.
But, overall, if you can handle the intense sex/pain, which is a crucial element to this story, you will find a very interesting fantasy with some really interesting characters. We learn more about some of the other Gods and also see that Sonny is progressing quite well under Zen’s tutelage. This wraps up nicely with most of the questions answered but leaving just a tiny bit of wiggle room for a spinoff or later snippet. However, it definitely gives enough for a very satisfying ending.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*