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Title: Testing Lysander
Author: LM Somerton
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Thriller
The newest addition to the What’s his Passion? imprint.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Extreme photographer Lysander Brock is accustomed to challenging places and situations but nothing can prepare him for the journey that his dominant lover, Kyle Dawson, takes him on.
A commission to photograph the cloud forests of the Colombian Andes becomes the cover for a dangerous mission to expose a terrorist group. Kyle and Lysander must negotiate treacherous terrain, a hazardous climb and unexplored caves to achieve their goal.
When Lysander is captured and tortured, he has no expectations of rescue. He understands that his life comes second to the mission but Kyle has no intention of leaving his beautiful, submissive lover in the hands of a madman. Kyle can deal with the intense pressure of fighting lethal enemies but the guilt of pushing Lysander into a life he never asked for is much harder to accept.
Lysander and Kyle journey together into a life of adventure, Dominance and submission, and an uncertain future.
Publisher’s Note: This book is a sequel to Picturing Lysander and is best read in order.
Testing Lysander is a What’s his Passion? Story and the titular character’s passion is photography as the book cover makes clear. However, Lysander Brock has other passions and scenes in the book are created around these. He is an ‘extreme’ photographer, delighting in taking pictures of the most inaccessible parts of the world from vantage points that no-one else would reach. In my research for the book, I looked in to what motivates people to climb. Is it a sport full of passion or just a form of exercise?
Each climb presents a challenge, a problem to be solved. I love the idea that climbers look at a sheer rock face and see a drawing of potential routes with coloured lines connecting foot and handholds. The sport is inherently dangerous, particularly the kind of remote climbing that my main character, Lysander does, but the danger is part of what makes it such a powerful and enriching experience. He accepts these risks and takes them anyway. I’m not a climber, I’ve only tried it a couple of times and I don’t have a very good head for heights. But I can see how mundane problems and everyday stress might fade away when the next move can be the difference between progressing and falling. That lack of distraction must bring a wonderful sense of clarity, focus and calm.
I’ve seen quotes from professional climbers that say it makes them feel alive, makes their heart sing. It breeds self-reliance and self-confidence. I imagine that it can be humbling too, to pit yourself against nature, and incredibly exhilarating to achieve your goal. It’s about pushing yourself to the limit. Seasoned climbers sometimes answer the question “Why do you climb?” with the short and easy answer, “If you have to ask, you’ll never understand.”
George Mallory, who died climbing Everest, said, “the struggle is the struggle of life itself; upward and forever upward.” I hope that the climbing scenes in Testing Lysander are a reflection of his character. Persistent, brave and with a huge capacity for joy in what he does.
It was glorious to be climbing rather than cutting trails and hiking. There were plenty of big moves, good holds and a few gripping run-outs on the damp rock. It was a little slicker than Brock would have liked, but the climbing got better and more solid with every pitch. Crack systems linked into horizontal breaks. The rock was generally stable with a few loose sections.
Even though Brock didn’t find the climb particularly difficult, it was still mentally and physically draining. In the high altitude he found it tough to get enough oxygen into his lungs. He felt the stress of sighting each new pitch and ensuring it was safe for Kyle to follow. Kyle seemed to have no difficulties at all. He followed every move effortlessly and Brock realized just how fit Kyle must be.
Brock found a number of small ledges where it was possible to stop and take a breather. Kyle insisted on some rope support while Brock twisted and contorted to get the best pictures of the spectacular view. At one point, Brock handed the camera to Kyle and asked him to take a couple of shots.
“The magazines always like to have pictures of their photographers in action.”
“Okay, but don’t blame me if I get my thumb in the shot or cut half your head off.”
As Brock had hoped, the bird life was spectacular. Inquisitive hummingbirds hovered around them. Swallows played and flew parallel with the walls, narrowly pulling away from impact at the very last second. Colorful parrots chattered away in annoyance at having their roosts disturbed. He took dozens of pictures and even when it began to rain in earnest, they were fairly well protected by the slight overhangs.
A storm rolled past and the skies thundered while they climbed through the clouds, making route finding a bit more difficult. It all just added to the thrill for Brock. He got some incredible shots, potential prizewinners.
Most of the climbing was free with the exception of a short traverse. After that, Brock hung from the fingertips of one hand and enjoyed the sensation of muscles stretching to their limit. He shook out the tension in his free arm before locking his other hand across a small outcrop of rock. Above him there was a short stretch of vertical cliff face before the lip of the escarpment—below him a rope showed the path that Kyle would take as he followed him up the climb. The rain made everything even more slippery and wet hands did not make for easy climbing. Handholds were still plentiful but the rock was becoming razor sharp, insects bit at every piece of exposed flesh and the plants that grew in the crevices seemed to be uniformly covered with thorns.
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About the Author
Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.
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