Thursday, October 4, 2018

Testing Lysander by L.M. Somerton

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. Brock 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 was previously released in two parts as part of the What's his Passion? collection at Pride Publishing. It has been revised and reedited for re-release.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/M Mystery, quasi-BDSM,
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This was a story that included spying and wilderness, BDSM and violence. It was described so well, I could picture where they were, what Brock was seeing through the lens, and how he was feeling the entire time.

Kyle was someone who took a while to “know.” I understood what he wanted and why, but having not read the previous story, his motivations seemed a little lost. Also, his relationship with his job and what he wanted his relationship to be with Brock seemed to be at odds. So much so, that when Brock needed him most, Kyle was absent. While I knew why on an intellectual level, from a reader's standpoint, this was a huge hole for me. He was gone until he wasn't.

While there were some BDSM aspects, I do not believe this was a good representation of BDSM, as the dom shirked his duties when the going got tough. He wanted to go to him, but duty called instead.

This story still seemed slightly incomplete to me. I felt that there was something missing, but I can’t really put my finger on what. I do hope we get to see more adventures though – as it seems that there will be more coming.

I will have to say that I didn't read the first book and I think that would have helped. I am not much of an action or suspense reader because those things usually don't work for me, except in certain series that I have read. This book had hot sex, action and suspense, and I liked it. There were times when things were overly-descriptive and I could just skim over those spots. I liked Brock and Kyle. I liked their dynamic and I could feel the story like I was right there with them.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Testing Lysander by L.M. Somerton to read and review.

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