Lion's Need (book review)
About the book:
Freed by his master, running for his life toward a new beginning, Androcles takes refuge from a wolf pack in a cave, not realizing it is already occupied…by a wounded lion. While self-preservation tells him to flee, the majestic animal’s pain makes him hesitate, and when the beast transforms into an equally magnificent man, Androcles knows he has to render aid.
Thus begins a new adventure for the man seeking only autonomy and a place of his own in the world. In Okyin Androcles sees everything he is running from—a man-beast who could, with passion and his commanding presence, easily enslave another. A masterful lover able to seduce Androcles into wanting whatever he can get, even into wanting what he cannot have—or should not even desire. A superior being who causes the lines between freedom and slavery to blur, and causes a true crisis to an already damaged spirit.
Unable to believe in the peace and sanctuary Okyin offers, Androcles knows he has no choice but to once more flee. For personal liberty is more important than physical need, and the desire to be accepted as an equal overrides all passion. Even if when running away he leaves his heart behind.
The shape-shifter part of this story was almost unnecessary. It did easily convey the physical power that Okyin has... and made no question of why Androcles felt his struggle with control. But... it was truly secondary to the actual story.
Androcles story was a really interesting look at his struggle with being controlled. Initially he's forced into slavery. He has no choice. His control is taken from him... the things he's made to do are out of his control. When his master frees him it's the first time in his life he has choice. Androcles comes across Okyin and after helping heal him (in his lion form) he finds himself drawn to him. He fights the feeling of being forced into things by Okyin... but actually wanting him. Androcles had no experience outside of his life as a slave... no understanding of any other type of relationship. It was interesting to read his struggle.
I guess what I'm struggling to explain... is that it was interesting to read as Androcles come to terms with the difference between being forced into submission as a slave... and choosing to be submissive with someone in a relationship. For someone that was forced into slavery it was an internal battle to understand actually wanting to be submissive. Having a desire to give yourself over to a person by choice. That part of this story was very well done.
About the author:
After living a checkered past, and despite an avowed disinterest in domesticity, multi-published erotic romance author Anya Richards settled in Ontario, Canada, with husband, kids, an adorable pup and two cats that plots world domination, one food bowl at a time. Her slightly darker alter-ego, Anya Delvay, emerges occasionally to write erotica.
Interested in all things historical and hysterical, Anya describes herself as intensely curious, (although the word ‘nosy’ has been bandied about) and a life-long people-watcher. Using what she’s discovered about people, places and various weird and wonderful things, Anya has written contemporary, historical and paranormal/fantasy romance novels, novellas and short stories for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Cleis Press and Spice Briefs.