Testing Lysander (What’s His Passion, Sequel to Picturing Lysander) by L.M. Somerton ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

testinglysanderTitle: Testing Lysander (What’s His Passion, Sequel to Picturing Lysander)

Author: L.M. Somerton

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/16/2015


Genre: Action/Adventure, BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


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.

My View:

This is the sequel to Picturing Lysander and needs to be read in order. The setup for this story is given in Picturing Lysander and Testing Lysander picks up right after the events of Picturing Lysander are complete.


Overall I enjoyed this story. There were somethings I felt were lacking, but for the most part, I felt satisfied with what was presented. Sexually this story was HOT and all about the power exchange. Kyle and Brock fit well together with Brock naturally becoming the perfect submissive compliment to Kyle’s dominate nature. Even their flirting and talk about bed sport was HOT. In fact, I think the talk and hinting affected me more that the on page displays, which at times were reptitive.


Plotwise, the story started off a bit slow with a lot of time spent setting up and travelling to Brock’s destination. Once the action started and Brock and Kyle were in Colombia, the scenery took over and it was a beautiful journey. I enjoyed reading about the wildlife and caves and trails and climbing. When Brock made it to his destination, things got tense and a bit uncertain. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know how things turned out. I hated seeing Brock in distress but I loved seeing the care Kyle showed him while he was healing. But then things were over relatively quickly and the story slowed again as it approached the end. There was a period of emotional angst that i never really felt was well explained or well resolved.


Characterwise, I felt this story was incomplete. I thought Brock was well done and I understood his personality and his motivations. I learned about his profession and his history. Kyle on the other hand remained mostly a mystery to me. I never got a handle on who he was outside of the “Dominant” Brock needed in his life. He was well done in the present, but there was never any history given and he displayed no growth towards the future. In fact, there was a period of time I felt he was not right for Brock, but in the end, that went away even if I still feel it was resolved too easily.
I really hope this was just the middle of Kyle and Brock’s story. The plot was closed nicely, but I still like this story was not finished. For the things I found lacking, I am invested in these men and I want to know more about them. I want to learn more about Kyle and how he came to work for this mysterious organization and who this organization is. I want to know how Brock adapts to life in the future. But most of all, I want to know that the hardships Brock has endured thus far were not for nothing. I want to know that he gets his happy ending and that Kyle steps up to be the man Brock deserves, not just the man he needs.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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