Swan’s Lake by Adrianna Dane
Amber Heat
Fantasy / Ménage / Bisexual (m/m)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-030-5 (Electronic)
Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Reynaldo, lord of an estate in the land of Valliana, has fallen under the dark influence of the wizard Satrius and his witch, Belinda.  Satrius and Belinda want Reynaldo to give Belinda a child in exchange for Satrius using his magic to return the fertility to Reynaldo’s land.  Although Reynaldo knows there is something wrong with what is happening to him, he is powerless to stop it…at least until Martine arrives.

Martine, a swan shifter, escaped from captivity in another world and arrived injured at Reynaldo’s estate.  She learns from an elder swan that her destiny is to save Reynaldo and his land from Satrius and Belinda’s evil magic.  But in order to save Reynaldo, she must form a pairing unlike any other in the land of Valliana.  Can Martine’s love save Reynaldo and his land?

As a big fan of ménage and m/m books, I was very excited to review Swan’s Lake.  Unfortunately, what I got was not at all what I expected.  There was a great deal of sex in the story, which would normally be a good thing, but in this case the sex in the beginning involved the villains.  Reynaldo, who came across as a weak hero, spent a great deal of the beginning of the story having sex with either Satrius or Belinda and her wolf-shifter companion.  Villain-sex is so not hot.  When Martine came into the story, things picked up a bit.  Martine is a strong, resourceful heroine who has been through a lot.  She comes up with a plan to lure Reynaldo away from the dark side using two very sexy male swans, basically creating a foursome.  They easily get Reynaldo to come to them, and after a few days of indulging in very inventive sex, Reynaldo’s strength returns and he decides to rid his land of the villains.  I won’t spoil the ending here, but everything is resolved rather too quickly and easily, given the evil and alleged power of Belinda.  Despite the strong, interesting heroine, the sexy swan-shifter heroes, and the foursome scenes, I didn’t enjoy this story.  Reynaldo seemed spineless and easily led, especially for someone who was supposed to be a lord.  I didn’t get a good sense of love between the characters, and the sex with the bad guys really turned me off as well.   

     

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