Title ~ Another Man’s Treasure
Authors ~ Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
Publisher ~ Crocobear Press
Published ~ 1st June 2014
Genre ~ M/M Dark, Non Con
Ilia Porter is Chechen mob boss Mikhail Kadyrov’s greatest treasure. After leaving home at eighteen to escape his verbally abusive father, beautiful, selfish Ilia has lived with Mikhail, proud of his ability to bring such a powerful man to his knees to worship. But when Ilia’s father, a police captain, kills Mikhail in a raid, Ilia’s world falls apart.
Entering to pick up the pieces is Mikhail’s younger brother, Nick—impulsive, power-hungry, and dangerous. When Nick tells Ilia he’s taking everything that belonged to Mikhail—including Ilia—Ilia is too lost in grief to fight. Nick takes Ilia prisoner in the apartment Ilia once shared with Mikhail and grooms him for a very important mission: to kill Ilia’s father and avenge Mikhail’s death.
Ilia wants no part in the plot, but being Nick’s ally is preferable to being Nick’s victim, so he begins to warp himself into the monster Nick wants him to be. Hope arrives when Nick takes another captive: Patrick, a shy massage therapist who’s stronger than he seems. Patrick and Ilia must join forces to escape Nick—and to keep each other whole as Nick does everything in his power to break them.
I read this book in one sitting, it consumed me and I don’t use that term lightly. I felt as though I held my breath from the beginning to the very end of this book, waiting for a release or relief from the intensity of the emotions I went through reading Another Man’s Treasure. I actually had to read the last page twice it was such a shock, and then I just sat and cried, and couldn’t stop… I wanted to purge all of that emotion, I was mess and totally drained, the fact it was four o’clock in the morning probably didn’t help! But even now that the tears have dried… I still have an ache in my chest for Ilia that won’t go away .
Ilia had been an insecure, lost and selfish teenager, pushing at the confines of what was deemed ‘normal’ by his parents…that was until Mikhail. Seeing Mikhail through Ilia’s eyes we got a very different picture of what the man was really capable of when outside the sanctuary of their apartment. It’s not that Ilia was oblivious or even blind to it… he was just happy being the pampered pet, loved, worshipped and adored and unlike Ilia’s parents Mikhail enabled and indulged him. But as dangerous as Mikhail was, he didn’t compare to his brother Nick.
Nick had been always been jealous of everything Mikhail had…including Ilia, and that envy bred hate, made worse by the fact that Nick is a psychopath and without Mikhail, Ilia was at the mercy of a man that saw him as nothing but a whore, to be abused, someone with whom Nick could vent his years of anger and hatred for his brother… Sullying Ilia’s memories of Mikhail, manipulating him and making him doubt their relationship, systematically breaking Ilia down through starvation, isolation, humiliation, fear, to the point where it’s easier to comply than fight the inevitable, with his survival instinct greater than losing himself in the darkness of depression.
You don’t get all the answers in this book, the authors make you work for it, I found myself questioning the characters, analysing them as the layers are slowly peeled away , and still even after finishing it I don’t have a true understanding of these men, it’s one hot mess of distorted emotions, wondering at their reactions, actions, non actions, motivation. Being inside Ilia’s head was a reflection of being inside my own… I lived it with him, making excuses for his behaviour, justifying… then berating, feeling sorry, then a kick up the arse only to go backwards and forwards with the conflicting emotions of anger, hurt and frustration just compounding it all.
The authors make it quite clear this is not a romance novel, but in my eyes it is a love story. One which we are reminded of and catch glimpses of throughout the horrors and traumas experienced by Ilia and Patrick at the hands of Nick… but be warned, this is definitely not a HEA.
Those who know me will already be aware that the dark and twisted side of m/m fiction is my favourite genre. I sometimes think I must be some kind of sick puppy to love it so much, and it’s definitely not for everyone, but it captivates me. Even more so when you combine that love for the genre with outstanding writing! Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock put their heads together and came up with a brilliant novel… delving into the dark and nefarious world of the Chechen mafia, its violent, it’s ugly, with unlikable characters that are flawed… but it’s amazing!
Another Man’s Treasure is definitely up there on my outstanding reads shelf!
A Word from the Authors
Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, authors of Another Man’s Treasure. We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our crazy ideas, this new book, and even giving you a sneak peek or two! And of course there’s a giveaway involved! Check out the bottom of this post to see how you can win.
Thanks so much to our host blogs for having us, and to everyone following the tour. Here’s today’s look at Another Man’s Treasure.
Ilia is a young man who is defined by how others see him. When he was a teenager he got his first piercings and tattoos not just because of how good they would look on him, but because of how much they would piss off his father. Knowing that he could never measure up in his father’s eyes, Ilia put all his efforts into showing how little he cares. But it wasn’t until he met Mikhail Kadyrov that Ilia accidentally stumbled on the ultimate fuck you, Dad.
Ilia’s father is a cop. Mikhail is a mob boss. When Ilia’s dad gives him an ultimatum, Ilia goes running to Mikhail.
Ilia is vain and beautiful, but he’s not shallow. He’s a little adrift, maybe. He’s spent so long figuring out what to be to piss off his dad that he doesn’t know how to be himself. With his father out of his life and Mikhail in it, Ilia finds a new way to define himself: as Mikhail Kadyrov’s spoiled, treasured boyfriend. He’s happy. He wants for nothing. He adores Mikhail, and is adored in return.
But when that happiness is ripped away and Ilia’s universe falls apart, he suddenly has to figure out what sort of man he is. Nick, Mikhail’s brother, takes charge of Ilia and Ilia has to decide if he is Nick’s victim or his accomplice. A wolf, or a bitch.
He’s not always a sympathetic character. He often chooses self-preservation over kindness, his own interests over those of others. With AMT, we wanted to show how Ilia’s relationships with various men--Mikhail, Nick, Patrick, and his father--have shaped and continue to shape him. We’ve tried to offer a complex character, if not a hero.
About the Authors
Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
J.A. Rock has worked as a dog groomer, knife seller, haunted house zombie, standardized patient, cashier, census taker, state fair quilt hanger, and, for one less-than-magical evening, a server—and would much rather be writing about those jobs than doing them. J.A. lives mostly in West Virginia, and always with a beloved dog, Professor Anne.
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