Reviewed by JustJen and Susan65
Title: Blood of the Sphinx
Author: J. Johanis
Series: Virgin Kings #1
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 98 Pages
Publisher: J. Johanis
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
“The blood of the sphinx runs through my veins,” Sasha said as he inspected the warrior standing at attention before him. “It’s what makes my family line so potent—what gives us the power to make or break a man.”
Son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, Sasha is the king of kings. He’s the pharaoh, and he’s supposed to be the most powerful man in Egypt, but he’s convinced there’s something wrong with him. Maybe he’s in heat or maybe he’s just cursed, but no pharaoh should have such an insatiable need to be mated by another man. Even worse, the man he desires has never shown an inkling of interest in him.
When the young pharaoh finds himself the sole ruler of Egypt and under siege by the Romans, he has to find a way to deal with the desires consuming him or all will be lost.
JustJen’s Review: This is a darker historical-themed story with a few twists. Sasha is the pharaoh with a bit of a problem. Ok, he has more than one problem, but the biggest one at issue is that he is submissive and longs to be topped, yet is unable to find anyone willing to do so to the pharaoh.
Another tiny twist is that when he tops, his semen reduces even the biggest and strongest men to beautiful twinks, to which Sasha already has an entire harem. Added to this is the fact that everyone believes Sasha’s mother rules the people and they have very little respect for him as a ruler. This becomes problematic as the Roman invasion becomes imminent and bring out the demise of Sasha’s mother, and Sasha is left scrambling to gather troops and supporters.
Back to problem number 1 – Sasha’s best chance here is with his friend and guard, Adrian. They grew up together. They share a mutual desire, but the outlying issues still stand in their way. It doesn’t help that Adrian has to watch Sasha with the other men “doomed” to twinkdom and the harem, so they go through quite a bit of turmoil before their relationship can actually take a step forward.
This is not a very long story, but it is fast-paced and rather exciting. It is definitely on the darker side, but a new world is built rather quickly, though it is fully fleshed out and quite interesting. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what is next in store for this new series and can’t wait for the next installment.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
Susan’s Review: I have to admit that at the beginning my mind was all over the place with this book. I even stopped and sent a text to my co-reviewer saying “what the heck am I reading?”, but, I was captivated and really liked the ending. So yeah, this book is the perfect example of allowing a story to play out, even if you are little put off at the beginning..and in the middle…and holy cow, even close to the end.
Sasha is a mess. He is the son of Cleopatra, the Pharaoh of all Egypt, but he is a submissive and horny as all get out…or at least tries to be submissive because no man will dishonor the pharaoh no matter how much he begs for it. Okay, begging for it might be a bit of a misnomer since this story is all about a lack of communication skills, which in turn leads to heartache and despair for a couple.
Adrian is the pharaoh’s childhood best friend, and current personal guard. Unfortunately, these two hunger for each other but refuse to allow that to be known, which brings on all sorts of pain, hurt, and agony. Many aspects of the budding relationship were extremely cringe-worthy. Many men are used and abused in a very violent, magical, and erotic way. Who knew semen was so potent?
This story was a bit outside my comfort zone, which is why this a joint review, but I wanted to give it a try. It was a bit painful for me, but thankfully it was short, entertaining in a twisted way, and a part of me wants to see where this story goes next now that I know what to expect.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*We received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*