A much cleaner story than Prince of Tricks, in my opinion. I understand where Ms. Kindred was going with Beli establishing ownership of Vasya in Prince of Tricks, I just think it derailed the overall storyline which didn’t happen here.
Author: Jane Kindred
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
“There are worse things to lose than one s good name. ”
“Demons of Elysium, Book 2”
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!
What I like best about Ms. Kindred’s writing style is it’s smart. She expresses her ideas clearly and injects some cheeky humor into tense, and in this case, depressing situations. King of Thieves centers on a very difficult topic-child slavery. The child slavery ring and the trials and tribulations of Vasya and Beli storylines are interwoven terrifically. Beli and Vasya both have troubled pasts which are accepted truths and not really explored or delved into; however, their involvement with this operation dredges up some painful memories for both.
Theif relationship is tested, trusts are broken, tears are shed, some asshattery occurs and there’s even a dual at dawn! Not between Beli and Vasya. They’re not that cray cray. They’re definitely on the scale (I’d put them at Level 1-they argue but they are passionate. They also make up just as passionately. Loud and lusty. ™SRAL), but that’s what I like about them. They both make mistakes, form inaccurate assumptions, act irrationally, are hot-heads at times and have piss poor communication skills. How much they love each other and how miserable they are apart oozes off the page. As a matter of fact, I was *this close* to locking them in room with boxing gloves if they didn’t get it together. And, yes, there was angry sex. Yummers!
“I can’t make you come back to me. But I imagine it every night. Bound and gagged and at my mercy while I use you for my pleasure. And this new look of yours, the wild, painted eyes… You look feral, like a creature who needs to be chained and caged, or a barbarian to be broken with cruelty, raging against the humiliation I choose to inflict, helpless against the pain I mete out.”
Ms. Kindred is such a tease.
Unfortunately for us, but fortunate for the long-term health of their relationship they spend most of King of Thieves apart. BUT we get Silk! Silk is one snarky bastard. *glittering sign* INSTIGATOR *glittering sign* He’s also a horndog. I loved him. Really. I hope he’s in the next one. Hard. Some other notables from Prince of Tricks make appearances as well, namely Phaleg. *eyebrow wiggle*
The climatic event might be anti-climatic for some; I enjoyed the realistic take. Not every life event wends up akin to a Michael Bay movie, even in Raqia.
Really enjoyed this second installment and would recommend to those who enjoy alternate universes with a sprinkling of BDSM.
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