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!
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Belphagor and Vasily have moved on from thier blip in Book One, and Vasya continues to push Beli to his limits. BUT when Belphagor uses Vasya in a scheme to shut donw an underage brothel, Vasya is pushed to his. And it leaves both demons broken hearted but unable to try to fix it. When said scheme leaves Beli with a gunshot wound, hearts are opened and the true depth of their emotions AND the depth of the underage smuggling ring that spans both Heaven and Earth is revealed. Can their relationship be saved? can the "lost boys" be found in time? Darker than book one, mostly due to the subject matter, children being sold to demons and angels, then discarded as worhtless. It was hard to read at times, because of this, but its the scenes in the Fletchery that were the most difficult. These children KNEW why they were there, and had very little control over who bought them. BUT once that place is shut down, its a chase across Heaven and Earth to find the boys (the girls disappear completely and are never found) before they are disposed of. On Earth we meet back up with Lev and Dmitri and Lev and Bel get up to no good, once again riling Vasya, sending him into the arms of another. And there were lots of others, for them both, as usual, these men will use themselves in any way they see fit, with whoever they want. Or at least in the early part of the book. After Lev and Bel share a hand job, and Vasya's pain is evident at that, Bel surprises me, and turns it all off. His sex and his emotions, at least on the surface. I get that its mostly a front, and he needs to put on airs and graces, but both men are feeling each other's pain at this seperation and when they come together?? explosive! m/m, m/m/m scenes, its steamier in parts than book one, I thought! I swear, Heaven has a whole different meaning to me now! I understand that this set of three is a prequel to another, previously publsihed set of three, and I have added those books to my wish list. I should like to see how these demons get on with their life! But before that, I have book three to read, Master of the Game.
KING OF THIEVES is the second instalment in Jane Kindred’s ‘Demons of Elysium’ erotic, fantasy series-a spin off from her House of Arkhangel’sk Trilogy. This is the continuing story of airspirit demon Belphagor and the love of his life firespirit demon Vasily. The Demons of Elysium is a sexually graphic M/M series where nothing and no one is off limits. KING OF THIEVES follows Belphagor as he attempts to close down a child prostitution and pedophilia ring in Heaven but in doing so will lose the only man that he has ever loved. The storyline advances the series about eighteen months. The focus of the King of Thieves finds Belphagor involved in a sting to take down a child prostitution ring but using demon children (known as the Lost Boys) is not high on the list of Heaven’s problems. When Belphagor sets a plan into action, Vasily will unknowingly be used to aid in Belphagor’s scheme but in doing so will pull the demon lovers apart-possibly for the final time. A rescue attempt will find Vasily harboring a former Lost Boy and Belphagor , once again, caught in the center of a controversy involving Heaven’s angels and under aged teens. Jane Kindred has written another graphically detailed and sexually explicit storyline. The reader is pulled into a fantasy storyline about Heaven’s missing and exploited children; where pedophilia is rampant amongst the Nephilum; and one man risks everything to protect the innocent from harm. Once again, the world building continues from the previous storyline wherein Heaven’s landscape is reminiscent of early twentieth century Russia. There is a destructive chasm between the rich and the poor; between Heaven and the World of Man; and a proclivity to use the most innocent when sexual perversions are at the helm. Many of the previous storyline characters play a secondary role giving King of Thieves a familiar edge. KING OF THIEVES is not a story for everyone. It is, at times, difficult to understand the needs and wants of our leading characters. Belphagor is a Dominant male who has fallen in love with a man who needs to be dominated but is not a submissive. Vasily is a man/boy-barely twenty years old-who has fallen in love with Belphagor. He is naïve, at times, a little slow on the uptake and is oblivious to the little nuances that make Belphagor the man that he is. The relationship between our leading couple is sensual, sexual, graphic and bordering on abusive. Belphagor is a demon who does not know how to love and in doing so pushes Vasily further away-every time. KING OF THIEVES is a story of suspense, betrayal, mystery and love. This is not a romantic storyline but a story of love between two men who must learn to accept one another; open up about their pasts; and forgive. Jane Kindred’s stories are not about God and spirituality but about two worlds-Heaven and the World of Man-that are more similar than they are different.
Just when the relationship between demons Belphagor and Vasily seemed to be going heavenly, blackmail and an ill-conceived plan to save underage young men from sexual slavery goes awry and causes a rift between them that seems difficult to mend. In this fast-paced story that picks up right where the previous installment ended, and through numerous twists and turns where trust is always in doubt, readers are taken on a journey throughout the demon world and the mortal realm where villains are always around the next corner. With a large cast of characters it's sometimes difficult to keep track of everyone and their connections though, but this helps in keeping you guessing as to who's the good guy and who's the villain. By the end of the story there's still some doubt as many are not who you think they are. This is a highly sexualized story with numerous sexual interludes in varying degrees of intensity which makes this one heckuva SCORCHING read. There's BDSM, some humiliation play, as well as some truly sweet and quiet interludes between Beli and Vasily that remind us why they're meant to be together as the plot to put Vasily undercover in a brothel leads to his encounters with others. In his role of discovering which of the men of power participate in this deviant house of ill-repute he too has to interact with others which strains their relationship and leaves the kindhearted Vasily doubting Beli's true feelings. Endless miscommunication and interference from others continues to keep them apart, but when Beli's life is put in jeopardy they finally open up their hearts in a scene that's sweet and heartwarming with words that are poetic and profound. There's still much to learn about these two as Beli rarely talks of his mysterious and violent past and Vasily has buried past pains so deeply that he's just discovering about himself. But is it too late, has too much damage been done by Beli's domineering ways and Vasily's need to always be overly submissive? You'll have to read and find out if they're able to reclaim the connection they once had or if Vasily's past of being sold off and forgotten about tears them apart forever. There's a lot going on in this story that makes it hard to keep up with the characters and the plot to save those who are thought of as dispensable. Characters from the previous story make a return appearance along with new ones being introduced. All the characters are colorful and larger than life to make this an energetic story as many of them flex their powerful muscles. There's vivid worldbuilding depicting both the demon realm as well as the mortal world to fully immerse you in the story. Ms. Kindred has crafted a unique story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and imbues it with lots of sexiness as well as an engaging main couple. Though I was sometimes overwhelmed by the action I look forward to many more stories set in this demonic world and recommend it to those who enjoy their paranormal stories on the spicy side.