Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Pharaoh’s Concubine

Title: The Pharaoh’s Concubine
Author: Z. A. Maxfield
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-329-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Dylan Anderson left his ordinary life behind and has been living openly as the pampered and protected lover of Russian mob boss, Yvgeny Mosko. There isn’t any doubt he cares for his powerful lover, but it’s mostly an arrangement of convenience, allowing him to live a life of luxury. But lately, Dylan’s been thinking about his age and at thirty-six, wondering how much longer he can keep the interest of Yvgeny.

Life changes dramatically when Dylan is kidnapped and beaten and upon his recovery, Mosko retaliates viciously on everyone involved, even William, who tried to help him. Unwilling to let William be hurt further, Dylan helps him escape and the two flee cross-country in a stolen car.

As the days pass and William heals of his injuries, both men come to realize that neither are what or who they appear on the surface and they yearn for what only the other can provide. Yet underneath their newfound happiness lurks the fear of knowing that Mosko never gives something up he consider his.

The Pharaoh’s Concubine is the newest release by talented multi-published author Z. A. Maxfield. This author is an auto-read for me, so I didn’t pay much attention to the blurb before I started reading. I admit that the unusual premise caught me by surprise. As I got involved in the intricate plot, I wasn’t certain how Ms. Maxfield could successfully pull all the threads of her story together, but she did and did it well.

Dylan and William are about as different as different can be – age, family history, cultural background, education…everything. Yet, Ms. Maxfield somehow starts the relationship of these two men under horrible circumstances and through the weaving of her literary magic, blends their lives into that of a believable couple. Yes, there are rocky spots in their developing relationship but there are tender, caring and loving moments, too.

There are supporting characters who add great depth, family history, personal background and interest to the story. I particularly loved the introduction of Desiree, Dylan’s twin, just one of many people from his past who play an important plot role. I’m not going to give away the ending but be aware that Yves and his long past relationship with Dylan plays a significant part.

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