KING OF THIEVES (DEMONS OF ELYSIUM #2)
There are worse things to lose than one’s good name.
Belphagor can seduce demons with a look and bring angels to their knees with a single motion, but when it comes to being in love, the Prince of Tricks is out of his element.
At every turn, Vasily rebels against the discipline he claims to want, even refusing to use his safe word. But when Belphagor uses a scheme to shut down an underage brothel to test Vasily’s limits, he loses Vasily’s trust along with the boys he intended to set free.
Uncovering a smuggling ring that spans two worlds, Belphagor calls on a team of Nephilim mercenaries to rescue the “Lost Boys” from earthly gangsters. But his relationship seems beyond repair—and a heartbroken Vasily beyond his reach in the arms of a sensual demon named Silk.
Belphagor has more than enough grand schemes up his sleeve to bring down the smuggling ring for good. But when it comes to putting things right with Vasily, his bag of tricks is empty. Except for trust…and a plan to teach his boy a lesson neither will soon forget.
Warning: Contains two strong-willed lovers who will test the theory that without air, there can be no fire. Expect plenty of smoke, more than a few mirrors, and an old-fashioned Russian duel. You may need a shot of vodka when you’re done reading this one!
To say that I’m interested with the universe in the Demons of Elysium is probably an understatement. This series seems to have hit all the checkboxes in what I like in a book. That it is a series of a recurring couple, with awesome characters and hot sex scenes being the main ones.
As with Prince of Tricks, Belphagor seemed to find himself in a pinch and managed to hurt Vasily again. Being blackmailed by an onld acquintace, Belphagor must teamed up with Armen and infilrtrate Fletchery, an establishment that specialize in providing underaged virgins with the pretense of selling Vasily to them.
While other measures might be a better solutions and the whole fiasco could have been avoided if he had explained to Vasily beforehand, he didn’t. Which brought us back to the trust issues between them and the mystery that is Beli’s past that are present since the first book.
Nevertheless, it was so much fun watching them dancing around each other and making assumptions. Many times Vasily’s immaturity got on my nerve and I was reminded again that he’s only 19 year-old. A gigantic 6.5″ 19 year old at that as to I’m-not-even-sure-how-old Beli is. All in all, I love the romance part of the book so much. The interactions and how despite everything they are both still desperate for each other.
“Because, malchik.” Belphagor looked up. “I love you so much, sometimes I think it will kill me.”
“You’re confusing me,” Vasily whispered.
“That’s all right,” said Belphagor. “You’re confusing me too.” He stepped back, hooked his fist into the center of the mesh shirt and pulled Vasily down to take his mouth in a hard, angry kiss that made him tingle with elemental fire. “We’ll figure it out.”
As for the sex that the book promises, it starts and ends with a bang. Like seriously. The ones in between pale compared to the ones in the first mostly for the lack of “playing” on Beli’s part. I mean I mean, I wouldn’t mind a little Phaleg loving myself!
I still like the recurring characters and I love Khai! They are all flawed and perfect enough own their own I just could not help but loving them. And I really hope Beli’s past is revealed then. So yes, I’m really looking forward to see the third book! And Khai!
“No, it’s him,” Khai confirmed. “He just burned off one of my nuts with his eyes.”
“Please don’t engage him,” said Belphagor. “Phaleg, it’s your play.”
Khai squirmed in his seat. “I’m not engaging him; he’s burning my nuts off.”
“What’s wrong?” Khai murmured in his ear. “Feeling the hot seat? Not so funny when it’s your own nuts, is it?”
Why a total change in design though! The first two books were awesome but the third one… /o\
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Kindred is the author of The House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, the Demons of Elysium series, and The Devil’s Garden. Born in Billings, Montana, she spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.
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