Extreme photographer Lysander Brock is accustomed to challenging places and situations but nothing can prepare him for the journey that his dominant lover, Kyle Dawson, takes him on.
A commission to photograph the cloud forests of the Colombian Andes becomes the cover for a dangerous mission to expose a terrorist group. Brock and Lysander must negotiate treacherous terrain, a hazardous climb and unexplored caves to achieve their goal.
When Lysander is captured and tortured, he has no expectations of rescue. He understands that his life comes second to the mission but Kyle has no intention of leaving his beautiful, submissive lover in the hands of a madman. Kyle can deal with the intense pressure of fighting lethal enemies but the guilt of pushing Lysander into a life he never asked for is much harder to accept.
Lysander and Kyle journey together into a life of adventure, dominance and submission, and an uncertain future.
Publisher's Note: This book is a sequel to Picturing Lysander and is best read in order.
I must admit that after reading the first book in the series, Picturing Lysander, I was left bereft and slightly disappointed. But curiosity got the best of me and when I was presented with an opportunity to read and review this book I jumped at the chance.
Testing Lysander was an excellent read. Definitely read Picturing Lysander first because it does set the reader up for this book.
Brock and Kyle are on a secret mission, one that involves both their special talents and a lot of luck. Unfortunately for Brock, luck runs out and his life goes south.
What I enjoyed about this book was the journey Kyle and Brock took together to explore their emotional and physical relationship, adding the BDSM bits. No longer the wishy-washy man I remembered from book one, Lysander Brock was self- assured and confident. He never had an issue with his photographical talent, but his submissiveness had not reached its full potential. A strong man, steadfast in his abilities yet submissive in the bedroom, Brock was a well-rounded character.
Kyle as well grew on me in Testing Lysander. I came to realize the pressures of his secretive work and the organization he worked for made him struggle to find a balance between the professional life he was a part of and the personal one he yearned with Brock. He truly cared about Brock’s well-being and life and the desire to keep him safe was his cross to bear.
Ms. Somerton delivered an action-packed story filled with well-researched back drops that placed me in the moment.
An HEA with room for more adventures, I look forward to Brock and Kyle’s next book.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review