Title: Lion’s Need
Author Name: Anya Richards
Publication Date & Length: December 10, 2014 – 29,500 Words
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.
At first, I thought I might have a hard time getting into it. The first chapter was a little dry. But the pace quickly picked up, and I really enjoyed the rest. The beginning is necessary to establish some emotional context for later themes.
What I really loved is how Androcles finally realizes his own need for healing. It’s a perfect metaphor for any of us who have been through a trauma that left us feeling broken and unworthy. At more than one point, I related so strongly to his emotions that I was in tears.
This is more than just the story of a former slave finally gaining his freedom. It’s a beautiful expression of becoming whole and trusting someone else fully, body and soul.
“I cannot wait anymore.”
His eyes are gleaming, wide and serious. No trace of his dimple can be seen. Fingers tighten on my flesh and, struck mute by craving, I lick my dry lips. Okyin groans, draws me all the way in with one hard tug. Our bodies collide—strength and hardness coming together with thrilling force—and then his lips are on mine and all thought ceases.
His mouth is hot and firm, tantalizing, and without much coaxing I part my lips to welcome the thrust of his tongue. The taste of him, the sensation of his body so tight to mine, his cock pressing and rubbing against me through our clothing makes me moan in acquiescence. He licks into my mouth over and over, luring my tongue to tangle with his, stealing my breath with each sweet, wet caress.
After living a checkered past, and despite an avowed disinterest in domesticity, multi-published erotic romance author Anya Richards moved from Jamaica to settle in Ontario, Canada, with husband, kids, an adorable pup and a couple of cats that plot 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 multiple publishers. She’s also dipping her toes into the self-publishing market, so watch out world 🙂