Review: Reborn (Bound Gods #4) by Adrienne Wilder

Leo promised to keep Aaron and Kaleb forever. Yet he’s left them with nothing more than a note with instructions to obey the commands of another god? A god who has the key to Kaleb’s collar. A god who will tell them nothing about what’s happened to Leo or where he’s gone. 

Kaleb and Aaron both fear the worst. That Leo has not abandoned them, but left them because he won’t be coming back. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because he can’t. 

Too many have died and the god-son is growing stronger. With no way for any god to track it, Leo has only one choice left. Fight fire with fire. 

Or in this case Chimera against Chimera. 

The problem is Leo has always maintained control of the beast within him. Using its natural senses to do what no other can. In order to stand a chance at tracking and killing the god-son Leo must give the Chimera within complete control. 

And the Chimera might not let him return if he does. 

Who's a kinky perv like me?

Alright kinksters this is for you. I'm not going to mince words here. We got hosed. I was all sorts of ready for this conclusion. I was looking forward to the porn running over? through? within? ah hell, whatever! I was looking forward to the porn. 

We've been steamrolling toward this gathering through the first three books. And I could not wait to see what sort of depravity Leo would pull out of his hat to claim his doxie in public. Alas, twas not to be. Instead we got an actual story.

I know! Three books chockablock with spank bank material and the barest thread of plot and then a story gets thrown in during my would be climax? C'mon mein! That's just mean. And the story is involved. It's cerebral and scientific and focuses on world building in stark contrast to the previous three books.

I tried. I mean I really tried to get with this program and I will give credit where credit is due and say that (objectively as I can get) this is a good story. It fleshes out some of the other gods and their hierarchy. The pacing is pretty good and it does have an open ending that leaves the possibility for more. But I cannot shake the feeling that this book was written by someone else. Where did my demon possessed kinky perv go?

Aside from the decided lack of inspired kinky and sadistic shenanigans, this books separated my MCs! I hate that. Leo is off on his quest to find and destroy the god son while his doxies make feeble attempts to satisfy each other. Lemme put it this way two doxies does not a chimera cock make. And these two are jonesing for Leo's chimera cock in a bad way. As was I. So much so that Kaleb starts dreaming of banging the actual chimera. 

I heart me some kink but you gotta fire off a warning shot or something before you start throwing in the bestiality. werd.

Lastly, I'm not thrilled with how women are depicted in this world. There haven't been a lot of them until the finale and I may be reading more into it than I should, but there seems to be an underlying misogyny. The goddesses are portrayed as untouchable, chaste, celibate, all-knowing yet somehow short-sighted, lacking empathy and even stupid. Add to that the fact that all of the gods mother's were either raped or gang raped doesn't sit well either. There's something off-putting about women being punished for their sexuality. I mean, I'm not asking for mf sex in a mm book but do they all have to be nuns and/or rape victims? Feared or pitied? That's disingenuous in my book.

I really hate being the voice of dissent but lying isn't in my wheelhouse either. Like I said earlier, objectively speaking the story is good, though it wasn't what I wanted it to be and I struggled to make the transition from expectation to reality with minimal success. However, I would be interested in reading other books in this series if there were to be spin offs. I just hope they're like the first three books.

I would absolutely encourage anyone interested in this story to read the other reviews. As for the kinky pervs like me, stick to books 1-3. Serious spank bank material there.

A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

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