Title ~ Testing Lysander
Author ~ L.M. Somerton
Publisher ~ Totally Bound Publishing
Published ~ 16th June 2015
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance, BDSM, Suspense Thriller
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 is a sequel to Picturing Lysander and is best read in order
I had read the story of how Kyle met Brock and it was lovely to catch up with the two men again. Kyle met Brock when he broke into the man's home, tied him up to a chair and then forced him to take a whole stack of tests to see if the man was suitable for a high risk job. Brock had proved his worth both for the job and as a lover for Kyle. In this book the two men are going on their assignment - Brock is being sent in to photograph South American terrorists. Unfortunately, on the personal side of things Kyle doesn't make any promises and that is starting to hurt Brock - he had hoped he had meant something more to Kyle than simply a job.
Brock is used to travelling and taking unusual and spectacular shots from dangerous locations. It was why he was chosen by Kyle's bosses in the first place for this particular assignment. But Kyle is conscious of the fact that where they were going was dangerous and that Brock might not come out of this thing alive - heavens, both of them could die.
There is some gorgeous detail in this book. The descriptions of the foliage and the base camp have you imagining you are actually there in person and I picked up some amazing facts about the problems in South America from this as well - especially the issues with mining and forestry removing natural habitats. Johnsy, the scientist and Kyle's back up on the trip mentioned that scientists were fighting a race against time to document species of plants and animals that were being destroyed as fast as they were found and I know from my own research how true this is. It was really nice to see such an issue included in this book.
The set up in the cave was so sweet, and so unlike Kyle I almost cried. Yes, Kyle had a job to do but he took a few moments to make Brock feel good - a real aww moment.
"If I didn't love him before, it's a done deal now. No going back."
There are a couple of instances in the book where the wrong names were used - not enough to distract from the riveting story, but noticeable. It was also a little confusing in that Brock is Lysander, but Kyle only calls him that in certain situations. But that doesn't detract from the fact that this is an exciting story, packed with action and threaded slowly through it is a love story I hope will last.
Favorite Quote: Mountains didn't run away in a panic if you moved an eyelash.