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Monday, July 26, 2010

Divine Redemption by Jory Strong

Divine Redemption by Jory Strong
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Anal sex, Voyeurism, masturbation
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Their connection was instant, their attraction intense. Reincarnated souls reunited though neither consciously realize the depth of their bond. Temperance and Demetri love each other. Lust after each other. But a third waits, someone who will complete an already near-perfect union.

Thanos wronged them in a previous existence and, as the mortal son of Dionysus, was punished for it by the Fates. He’s had lifetimes to repent, eons to witness the rebirths and deaths of the two people who have come to mean everything to him.

Now the Moirae have finally reunited the three of them, giving Thanos a chance to rekindle an ancient flame. For their part, Tempe and Demetri must choose him freely. While Thanos must avoid retracing old steps—and betraying his lovers once again.

Does history repeat itself? It does when you tempt fate and have your life tied to an amethyst. But for Thanos, things aren’t that simple. He needs a bit of Divine Redemption to get his heart’s desire.

This story is a tad complicated from the inception. I had the feeling, and rightly so, that even though Temperance and Demetri loved each other, there was something missing. I felt like I was right there with them and let me tell you, there is a scorching hot shower scene. I had to fan myself a few times, it got so steamy.

I liked that Tempe and Demetri had something strong on their own. They didn’t need Thanos per se, but adding him wasn’t altogether bad either. I loved how the simple things—an argument, a misunderstood action—caused the conflict. Most any reader can relate. Who’s never received mixed signals or what’s understood to be mixed signals from a lover? The lack of communication is a real issue.

I loved the inner turmoil and struggle for Thanos. He can’t repeat history if he wants to be with the woman and man who make him tick. Seeing him finally get with both Tempe and Demetri is hot, but it irritated me a bit that she capitulated to Thanos’ charm. That part of the story seemed to happen fast—almost too fast—but it wasn’t enough to pull me out of the story.

The antagonist, Thanos’ brother is totally evil and a nice spicy addition. I wanted to know what happened to him after the story ended.

If you want a story that’s filled with heat, heart, and a plot that’s fresh, then you need to read Divine Redemption. I give this story 4 cherries.

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