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I'm a reader and author of m/m erotic romance.

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Rainbow Snippet - A Shared Love

Read a snippet from my current WIP, A Shared Love, the final book in the Spartan Love arc of my Apollo's Men series.

 

'A Tested Love' (Men of Apollo #2) by Kayla Jameth

A Tested Love (Spartan Love Book 2) - Kayla Jameth

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice...” ~ John Burroughs

Andreas, of 'A Tested Love' by Kayla Jameth, believed Theron when he said he would come back to him. When Theron doesn't keep his promise, Andreas is despondent and feels like a fool for trusting him. At first, he worries that Theron is dying or already dead, but as time goes on, he accepts the harsh truth. Theron probably went back to his men and will soon forget about Andreas altogether. Broken-hearted, Andreas returns to his solitary life and tries to put Theron out of his mind and heart.

Theron tries to resume his former life, convinced that Andreas will soon forget him and is safer without Theron around. No matter how hard he tries, memories of their times together haunt Theron; he misses Andreas with an intensity hardly fathomable, much less for a kryptes. When Theron is given his first mission to 'eliminate' certain Helots who are deemed to be revolutionaries, Theron is shocked to find that Andreas's name is on his list. Apparently, his ploy to keep Andreas safe has not worked. In fact, it's put him directly in the line of fire. Theron accepts his assignment with as little emotional reaction as possible, but inside he is torn apart. Theron wrestles with the situation, going back and forth in his mind, but he sees no other solution; Theron has to kill Andreas. He goes to Andreas's with the intent of doing so as humanely as possible, but when he sees Andreas, he knows that there is no way he can go through with it. Theron knows if he doesn't get Andreas to safety, others will come to finish the job. No longer trusting Theron, but having no choice, Andreas and Ictics, his ferret, begin a journey out of Spartan territory.

During their trip, Andreas and Theron are faced with a multitude of emotional battles as they decide whether or not it's even possible to rebuild trust in each other again, but neither can deny their strong attraction to the other. They second-guess themselves and each other as they struggle not only with their feelings, but their mind-set. What they have always believed to be true suddenly isn't. If they're to remain together, they have to learn to see themselves as men rather than as master and slave like they have always been taught. Since knowing Andreas, Theron can never think of other Helots as anything besides men, therefore making it impossible for him to kill indiscriminately as he did before. Coincidentally Andreas, having tasted the freedom he has with Theron, can never go back to the inferior attitude he had of himself before knowing Theron. They are changed men no longer fitting into their preconceived notions of who they were and what they believed in the past. As Theron and Andreas adapt to their new ways of thinking, they also have to alter the way they look at one another and how to respond to each other if they have any chance of creating a true bond of love, trust, and forgiveness.

There's a lot more to this epic story, but I can't fit it all in the review. Andreas and Theron have an enormous amount of work to do on their relationship. The men need to decide if they are capable of altering their entire life paths and forge one together. Itcis, the ferret, creates a good bridge between Andreas and Theron, bringing them together when needed and adding some comic relief, because if anything, ferrets know how to mix things up. There's also a very useful and informative section after the story that provides histories of gods’ and goddesses’ genealogy, adventures, and celebrations, along with definitions and customs of ancient Greece. Thanks, Kayla, for a great second book in the series. I look forward to the next edition.

Source: http://www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/a-tested-love-a-spartan-love-2-by-kayla-jameth-at-dreamspinner-press
Reblogged from lenagrey7

Apollo x Halys

Looking for a gratuitous sex scene to spice up your night?
Apollo x Halys take up the slack for Andreas and Theron. Well, someone takes it up...

A Tested Love Release Tour and Rafflecopter Giveaway

The release party and giveaway has begun! Stop by my blog for the links to the stops along the way. I will be updating them as we go so drop by every day.

A Tested Love Release Tour

Wine and Ferrets - A Spartan Love Bonus Scene

Cryselle was kind enough to host Theron and Andreas. Of course Ictis came along and stole the show.

Abuse Themes - What do you think?

I recently came across a tag on a bookseller's site that gave me pause. Abuse themes.
 
I will admit it kind of set me back on my heels and made me think twice about the book. The blurb gave no indication that the book might contain those elements and I'd intended to buy it.
 
But that made me think. Did I want to read a book about abuse? Did I want to watch the MC abused?
 
I'll also admit that I've read the Captive Prince series and Lisa Henry's The Island. But I checked those books and they didn't have the tag.
 
Am I just being over sensitive? But to me at least, that triggered concerns I didn't have from reading the blurb. The book looked to be just action or maybe a thriller.
 
Does anyone else feel this way? Is it a trigger for others? Are there other tags that wouldn't carry the connotations of rape and mistreatment?
 
There are people who want slave fic with its inherent abuse. Will they be disappointed in an action story with this label?
 
Should there be other tags that may be more appropriate for stories that don't contain actual abuse? And if so, what should those tags be?
 
What do you think?

Body Language Is FREE on Amazon

Not sure ancient historicals are your thing? Give Body Language a try. It's a prequel to my Apollo's Men series. And as it's free, a good way to get your feet wet.

 

Travelling with Narses through conquered Lydia, Lykos hides his identity as a prince of Aenus. He intends to take the measure of the encroaching Persian Empire. But before they reach Sardis, he hears cries for help and charges into battle with mountain bandits. Unable to save the beleaguered merchant, he rescues Kas, a young Persian man.


Now his protector is dead, Kas would like nothing better than to remain with the handsome warrior who came to his aid. But how can he explain that to a man who speaks little but Greek?

Rainbow Snippet - A Shared Love

The third book in the Spartan Love arc of the epics of Apollo's Men.

A Tested Love Is Available for Preorder

Lured by seductive promises, Andreas risked his life to be with Theron, only to find himself betrayed. Abandoned and alone, Andreas resigns all hope of seeing his fierce warrior again and resumes his life as a helot.

 

All too aware of the harsh punishment Sparta demands of men who love other men, Theron reluctantly surrenders Andreas in hopes of keeping him safe. The warrior returns to Sparta to embrace his destiny in place of the helot he has grown to see as a man, not just a slave. Cold but honorable duty will be his new lover.

 

Duty proves to be a jealous lover when Sparta demands the final test of Theron’s loyalty. Sent to kill Andreas, Theron must find a way to come to terms with his burning desire for his handsome helot before their forbidden love destroys them both.

Rainbow Snippet - A Shared Love

Kyria, one of Apollo's sacred wolves

Rainbow Snippet - Body Language

Rainbow Snippet - From the Ashes

From the Ashes is now available from Amazon again.

Rainbow Snippet - A Tested Love Follow-Up

Ahead, some women chatted while filling clay vessels with water. Their children ran about the small open square, laughing and shrieking in delight. Theron’s lip curled. These children were too old to be playing games. They would have been part of the agōgēby now had they been born Spartan, learning how to be adults.

Rainbow Snippet - A Tested Love

Lured by seductive promises, Andreas risked his life to be with Theron, only to find himself betrayed. Abandoned and alone, Andreas resigns all hope of seeing his fierce warrior again and resumes his life as a helot.

 

All too aware of the harsh punishment Sparta demands of men who love other men, Theron reluctantly surrenders Andreas in hopes of keeping him safe. The warrior returns to Sparta to embrace his destiny in place of the helot he has grown to see as a man, not just a slave. Cold, but honorable duty will be his new lover.

 

Duty proves to be a jealous lover when Sparta demands the final test of Theron’s loyalty. Sent to kill Andreas, Theron must find a way to come to terms with his burning desire for his handsome helot before their forbidden love destroys them both.