Title: The Chimera
Kaleb Holten’s father’s debt to an underground group The Association has just been called in, and the man can’t pay the loan. Instead of turning over his wealth, he releases his son and Kaleb finds himself thrown into a world where a class of men see themselves as untouchable. Going so far as to call themselves gods.
After the Great Economic Collapse there are no laws that cannot be broken. And Kaleb is forced into a ten-year sentence of servitude where he will have no say, no rights, no value and yet be coveted and protected as if he were a priceless treasure.
Leo Roan, has slipped the noose the Association bound him with by breaking his addiction to ambrosia and Kaleb Holten was supposed to be his last assignment as a doxie Master. But something about the boy begins weaving a new net that will not only ensnare him but the conscious darkness inside, that craves pain, agony, suffering, and death.
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The First Three Rules, Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule, Complementary Colors
Series: Bound Gods #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Chained, Betrayed, Reborn, Crocuta Crocuta
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: March 27, 2016
Genres: BDSM, Dark Erotica, Dystopain, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Paranormal
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The Chimera was not what I expected At. All. It was absolutely amazeballs! I got that it was a M/M story but I wasn’t paying attention to the part about ‘After the Great Economic Collapse’. Reading the book I get that the Bound Gods series is dystopian which, has quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. The story itself is explained very well in the blurb but here it is again. Kaleb’s father has a debt with an underground group, the Association. He can either pay up or offer up his son for 10 years as a Doxie slave. He chooses to keep his wealth (Bastard!). As a Doxie, Kaleb will have no rights or say of what will happen to him yet he will be a very valued commodity. His first year would be spent in training, breaking him down and building him into a Doxie. Leo has broken his addiction to ambrosia and is close to escaping from the Association. Kaleb was supposed to be his last assignment as a Doxie Master but there’s something about Kaleb that calls to him…something that calls to him and his inner darkness.
It’s very hard to not like Kaleb or Leo. Starting with Kaleb he’s just has this sweetness to him, this innocence without being too goody-goody. Leo is most definitely not a Dom but a Master, yet in his masterness (Is that even a word?) there is still a gentle, concerned side. Most Masters in DE reads tend to be sadistic bastards. However, Leo doesn’t to exactly fit description although his Chimera does. HAH! Bet you’re wondering what I meant about that. You’ll have to read the book to learn it on your own. And while I’m not going to tell you what it means, I will say it’s one of the most interesting parts of this story and I can’t wait to learn more about it.
Now besides Leo and Kaleb, there are a few more secondaries worth mentioning. Sonny, Kaleb’s younger ‘brother’, and Zen, a friend of Leo’s . Both of them have struck my curiosity and I’m really hoping we see more of them because I have questions. Will Sonny get what his heart most desires? How much of a real friend is Zen to Leo? Oh yeah, there’s one more person: Kaleb’s father. I REEEEEALLY hope he pops up again in the series if for nothing else so someone can put a bullet to that selfish, self-serving bastard’s head!
I’m trying to think how to describe the sex because the whole things feels very is but isn’t. Yes, I know that didn’t make much sense so bear with me. It’s not exactly non-con but then again it is not exactly consensual either. As a Doxie, Kaleb is more a slave and less a sub although my initial impression feels it’s actually somewhere in between. Doxies have no say but they are revere. The situation has a feel of a Dark Erotic but it still feels there is lightness to it. There is sex play is of the BDSM variety but there is no safe word. Using the phrase BDSM almost isn’t right either. There’s dungeons, cuffs, whips and one very interesting cock cage (that had me feeling squirrelly!) which are things one associates with the BDSM lifestyle. However, once you eliminate the safe word you need to stop thinking consensual D/s relationship. Final thoughts about the sex – you just need an open mind and accept this is just a piece of fiction.
The Chimera is my first book by Adrienne Wilder who has caught my full attention. Really, I’m already combing through GR to see what other books might appeal to me. Certainly, I am going to want to continue Bound Gods series and currently have the next book queued up in my Kindle to devour. For those who like their M/M romances/erotica/PNRs on the not so easy to describe level, The Chimera is a absolute must read.