PRE RELEASE REVIEW – 3 Star Review for A Tested Love (Spartan Love #2) by Kayla Jameth #MM #Historical @KaylaJameth

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Title: A Tested Love (Spartan Love #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Jameth (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 11, 2016 – 324 pgs

Synopsis

Lured by seductive promises, Andreas risked his life to be with Theron, only to find himself betrayed. Abandoned and alone, Andreas resigns all hope of seeing his fierce warrior again and resumes his life as a helot.

All too aware of the harsh punishment Sparta demands of men who love other men, Theron reluctantly surrenders Andreas in hopes of keeping him safe. The warrior returns to Sparta to embrace his destiny in place of the helot he has grown to see as a man, not just a slave. Cold but honorable duty will be his new lover.

Duty proves to be a jealous lover when Sparta demands the final test of Theron’s loyalty. Sent to kill Andreas, Theron must find a way to come to terms with his burning desire for his handsome helot before their forbidden love destroys them both.

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Review

ThreeStar

A Tested Love is a sequel to A Spartan Love, and A Spartan Love must be read first. This sequel is not as good as the first book, which I gave four stars, and that is disappointing since I have been looking forward to it all year. There’s a lot of complicated angst for the sake of plot, and not a lot of sex.
Spoiler alert: Theron has abandoned Andreas to return to the Spartan way of life. It provides a glimpse into Sparta itself, the culture, the demands, and the Gods. It leaves Andreas in palpable anguish. Theron and Andreas finally reunite at the 1/4 mark and the story improves from there.
Their banter and their journey will satisfy fans. Also, more characters are introduced, all of whom I liked, and subplots that accentuate the main story without taking too much time away. There are dark themes and graphic violence, but no gore.
Jameth slightly overdid all the Greek verbiage, but she’s still better at historical worldbuilding than most people. There’s a lengthy introduction about Sparta and a glossary in the back. One thing she does so well is make the romance and sexual parts of the novel fit the mores of the time, rather than inserting today’s ideas. It’s a guilty pleasure. Definitely something I hope for, but rarely get, in m/m historical novels.
Three stars
~ C. E. Case

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AuthorBio

Kayla Jameth grew up on the family farm in Ohio. An unrepentant tomboy, she baled hay, raised cattle, and her father taught her to weld before she graduated from high school.

She attended Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and later, Texas A&M University in her pursuit of veterinary medicine, taking her far away from her rural roots.

But it wasn’t all hard work for her, her sojourn as the princess of the Celestial Kingdom left her with the title “Sir” and a costume closet the envy of many knights, lords, and ladies.

After declaring for years that she was not an author, Kayla now finds herself writing m/m erotic romance outside of Houston, Texas. While you can take the girl out of the country, you can’t turn her into a city slicker. Kayla would still rather be outside getting down and dirty with the boys.

She shares a full house with her favorite animals: a cat, two guinea pigs, a gerbil, three guppies, as well as her husband, son, and daughter.

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