Title: Curse of Salar (Masters and Mages #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Alexis Duran (Loose Id LLC)
Publication Date & Length: January 4th 2016- 248 pages
In the kingdom of Jahar, the rule of mages has been overthrown. Prince Dezra Luzan is being held prisoner in the ancestral palace. In order to stay alive, he pretends to be a drug-addicted wastrel, trusting no one, not even his lovers. Into his lonely existence comes a man who should be his sworn enemy; Captain Rayn Nevar. Dezra is irresistibly drawn to the rough soldier and his longing for a simple sexual encounter quickly builds into a dangerous obsession.
Captain Rayn Nevar knows he should stay away from Prince Dezra, but his desire for the beautiful young man overrides all common sense. Rayn soon finds himself protecting the prince from a plot to destroy the last of the mages. When treachery leads to Dezra’s escape, he is at last free to unlock his long repressed powers. Only the arrival of a mysterious monk with powers greater than Dezra’s stops the prince from using sorcery to destroy all who stand in his way, including Rayn.
As Jahar edges toward another war between masters and mages, Rayn must question his devotion to his increasingly deadly lover while Dezra must decide if ultimate power is worth the ultimate sacrifice.
To start off this review I have to say I loved this world the author created in this book!
Now I read this book as a stand alone without reading the other two books in this series before reading this one. I was not lost but I probably would have understood this world a little more if I had. So yes this can be read as a stand alone but I would suggest reading the first two books in this series first to get a better understanding of what is going on in this world and some of the characters you will meet in this book.
Prince Dezra is being held prisoner in the ancestral palace. Then comes Captain Rayn Nevad and there is a instant attraction between these two men.
There was so much action and on the edge of your seat moments in this book. I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story. Dezra goes through a lot in this book, learning control and fighting those that would hurt or kill him but through it all Rayn is by his side which I loved! Then there was the steam between these two men which was so very hot!!!
I really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I really loved this book and would recommend it!
“What?” Dezra asked, incredulous.
“You heard me.”
Nevar stripped off his silk shirt and tossed it aside. The sight of his finely sculpted chest arrested the biting retorts that leaped to Dezra’s tongue. The captain’s skin was smooth and slicked with sweat. A fine trail of curly black hair began at his sternum and disappeared beneath the line of his belt.
Dezra forced his gaze up to discover to Nevar smirking at him. Before Nevar could summon an insult to put the captain in his place, Nevar sat on the bed.
“Help me with my boots. Or is that beneath you, Prince?”
Nevar leaned back with his arms behind him, weight resting on his palms. He stuck one foot out. The languid expanse of his body beckoned.
Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was inventorying the collection in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She is the author of the Masters and Mages and Edge of Night erotic m/m fantasy series. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and a half cats. She is currently working on the next Edge of Night novel and several other erotic novellas.