Author ~ Adrienne Wilder
Published ~ 5 July 2016
Genre ~ Dark M/M Romance, Paranormal/ Fantasy, BDSM, Ménage
Leo promised to keep Aaron and Kaleb forever. Yet he’s left them with nothing more than a note with instructions to obey the commands of another god? A god who has the key to Kaleb’s collar. A god who will tell them nothing about what’s happened to Leo or where he’s gone.
Kaleb and Aaron both fear the worst. That Leo has not abandoned them, but left them because he won’t be coming back. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because he can’t.
Too many have died and the god-son is growing stronger. With no way for any god to track it, Leo has only one choice left. Fight fire with fire.
Or in this case Chimera against Chimera.
The problem is Leo has always maintained control of the beast within him. Using its natural senses to do what no other can. In order to stand a chance at tracking and killing the god-son Leo must give the Chimera within complete control.
And the Chimera might not let him return if he does.
This fourth book in the Bound Gods series brings an end to the story of Leo, Kaleb and Aaron and should not be read without reading the prior books in the series. If you’re reading this review I’m assuming you’ve already done that and you’re not going to want to miss this ending. If not, just know that this was an amazing ending to their story and you should go get Book 1 – The Chimera - immediately. Reborn is full of action, sex, love and jaw dropping moments and wraps up all the main questions surrounding the men while raising a few new questions and setting up several gods for possible future stories.
Knowing he may not return from his hunt, Leo leaves Kaleb and Aaron in the care of The Priest and vanishes without saying goodbye, devastating his two doxies who react in two different ways. But that is not all that is going on here. Alton is trying to deal with those who have betrayed the Association, resulting in an impending visit from the Circle of Powers with a god who wishes to destroy them. He is also dealing with the possibility of the secrets of their existence being leaked and the potential for the goddesses to put an end to the Association as a whole. All of this leads up to an epic showdown between the two chimeras and more than one life and death situation that had me on the edge of my seat, really not knowing who would make it to the end of the book.
Even though Leo is separated from Aaron and Kaleb for the majority of the story, it didn’t affect my enjoyment one bit. It was an opportunity to see different sides of all three men as they deal with the separation and its surprising effects. The Priest (who is an incredibly interesting character) takes over the training of the boys. His methods aren’t colored by Leo’s motivations so he has a different way of handling them and he doesn’t hold back. He focuses on what he deems lacking – control for Kaleb and communication for Aaron. Kaleb is still struggling with being a doxie and wanting and liking what Leo does even though he finds it humiliating and wrong. Aaron is doing his best to obey Leo while he’s gone, but Kaleb sees it as a betrayal. Luckily Kaleb and Aaron have each other for comfort, and comfort each other they do! When Leo finally gets in touch, he makes sure his doxies are taken care of as only Leo can do and I don’t think I’ve ever read such an intense phone sex scene.
Leo has come so far from the broken man who had given up in the first book. He no longer has a death wish and while he still isn’t comfortable with his “monster”, he is realizing that he has control over his actions and that the Chimera does not define him. Unfortunately, he also realizes that once he gives the Chimera control, it may never relinquish it back to him. If you still had trouble warming up to the man, I think you will wind up loving him by the end of this.
The details in the hunt and battle scenes were so well done. As exciting as it was gruesome, I could picture it all like it was unfolding before me on a screen. One thing I never expected was to become emotionally attached to the Chimera itself. The emotional and eye-opening interaction between Leo and the Chimera, as neither has experienced before (especially when it comes to Kaleb’s safety) really had an impact on me. I loved the way it played out and even knowing how much the Chimera has always wanted Kaleb as his own, I wasn't really expecting Adrienne Wilder to take it so far. It was depraved and dirty, but it was also oddly affectionate and tender.
Even once the god-son is dealt with, there is still plenty of story and danger left. Aaron and Kaleb are both put through the wringer in this one and Leo’s love for them, which I admit I questioned before, is undeniable in the end.
There is more of the nod to mythology that has been a thread throughout the series. We learn the heartbreaking stories of a number of the other gods including Cerberus, The Priest and sweet Pandora, who is also a victim of Sol’s deceit. Kaleb’s brother Sonny is back and though my feelings for him and the way he sometimes treats Kaleb are mixed, he is really coming into his own under Zen’s training. There is also some thought-provoking discussion on technology, history and magic and the ways it could change the future for gods and men alike.
This series has been such an interesting, boundary pushing journey. Even though this brings the Bound Gods series and Leo, Kaleb and Aaron’s story to a satisfying and happy conclusion, there is so much more to this world that I would love to see. I only hope that Adrienne Wilder brings us more of these gods, men and other beings in the future.
The Bound Gods Series
Bound Gods Book 1: The Chimera
Bound Gods Book 2: Chained
Bound Gods Book 3: Betrayed