Sunday, July 13, 2014

Selena's Men by Elle Boon

SelenaTitle:     Selena's Men

Series title: Ravens of War 1

Author:    Elle Boon

Publisher:    Siren Publishing

Genre: Fantasy, Ménage, Erotic Romance

 (M/F/M, F/M/F, Oral Sex, Anal Play/Sex, Public Sex)

Reviewer: Cassiopeia 

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Publisher Blurb:

Max and Malcolm King had been part of an Elite group of twelve men created by Zeus, called the Ravens of War. When they were no longer needed they were sent to Earth in hopes theyd find happiness. After hundreds of years, theyd given up hope of finding their Fated, until they met Selena Ramos.

But the Gods arent done with them. Zeus needs them to find his lost daughter and time is running out for all of them. As the three lovers are consumed with passion, they find themselves thrust in a fight for their lives.

Cronus the dethroned King of the Gods has found the missing Goddess and plans to use her as the ultimate weapon for revenge. Hell use her to regain the throne on Mount Olympus, killing his son Zeus at the same time. Max and Malcolm are willing to do anything, even share Selena, but they will die before they give her up.

Review of book:

I wasn't sure what to expect from Elle Boon, as a new (to me) author, but I shouldn't have been concerned.  Selena's Men has all sorts of things I liked - romance, sex hot enough to fry an egg, and a plot filled action and suspense. It didn't hurt that the author chose to set this book (and subsequent installments in the Ravens of War series) in a world where modern day man and the Greek pantheon live side by side. 

The premise of the story is simple.  Soldiers no longer needed by Zeus for their divine created purpose, were sent to Earth to live out their immortal existence in search of their mated - called the Fated.  Max and Malcolm, Ravens who also happen to be twins, have almost given up hope in finding their mate, and have the added stress of working tirelessly to locate the kidnapped daughter of the King of the Gods.  You'd think that the tale would be straightforward and boring, but I assure you it was nothing of the sort! There were enough twists and turns to make this an enjoyable read.  Even when I suspected where it was headed, the plot was engaging enough that I didn't mind at all.

When writing in the ménage genre, it's so easy to fall into the trap of allowing the sex to be the main focus of the story. Ms. Boon made sure to craft characters that were relatable and riveting, and create a plot where, while there were some steamy sex, it was an enhancement to the overall tale, not the sole focus. Selena was the perfect heroine; intelligent, self assured, and successful in her career.  She wasn't in a place emotionally where she was looking for romance or a partner to share her life with, but it just made me love her all the more.  Max and Malcolm were all of those things as well, but beginning to show the wear and tear that occurs when you've lived centuries in search of an elusive mate.  I had a great time watching the story play out between the three of them, and found the sexual tension only added to the experience. 

Heck, I even liked the secondary characters!  Tamara, Selena's best friend and business partner, as a "take no prisoners" girl with a paranormal twist, and Rafe and Vin, two fellow Ravens, have the makings of a great second installment.  Elle Boon has a win on her hands with Selena's Men, and I can't wait to read more about the Ravens of War.

                                                                    Four Twinkling Stars

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