Taking a brief leave from the Hades Helmet, crew member
Annarae escapes to Il Doge for a
few days of pleasure. Carnevale is in full swing; itís a
time to indulge her senses and live out her fantasies.
A mysterious masked stranger will take Ana to the brink and
back again. He is determined to have her at all costs.
deliciously rich setting recalls Venetian Carnevale, and Iíd
like to believe Ms. Illyria was inspired by a trip or two
and lots of participation. Where else could you
successfully blend art and eroticism, romance and danger,
decadence and sacrifice? Everything is a superb fusion of
past and present, perfect for a futuristic story loaded with
passion and intrigue. The descriptions are gorgeous and
picturesque, capturing the fancy until I strolled along the
winding streets of Il Doge with Annarae and her lover. I
respected Annarae's bravery in how she dismisses caution to
pursue pleasure for once. Her vulnerable sensuality
contrasts with her utilitarian lifestyle, strong sense of
duty, and how others' perceive her.
Secrets surrounding moments of steamy sex are alluring,
inviting, heightening the imagination until youíre
completely bombarded by the narrative from all sides. Each
scene falls into a rhythmic pace, pulsing with dynamic
intensity. I canít wait to see what happens next to Annarae
and the sensuous, complex man who storms her defenses and
takes her to places sheís never been, yet could not wait to
go. And boy, does she prolong her stay! Lastly, this
addition to the Hadesí Helmet series can be read as a
stand-alone and what I appreciated most was the different
direction it takes from Droganís Command.