Review: Crocuta Crocuta (Bound Gods, #5) by Adrienne Wilder

For a god, what could be closer to heaven than living in a safe haven like Sanctuary, with an endless supply of ambrosia, delivered by the beautiful bodies of the Doxies in Alton’s harem?

But unlike the majority of the gods in Sanctuary who are less than human, Cerberus isn’t exotic or fantastical. His appearance, his…habits…have become the horror stories whispered on the lips of Doxies.

And while Cerberus might be immortal, his pride is not indestructible. Seeing the love of a Doxie for a monster like the Chimera, shatters it.

A chance encounter with an undocumented Doxie named Owen begins to transform Cerberus’s life. At least until Alton removes Owen from Cerberus’s care, banning the god from training the boy—to protect him from Cerberus’s animal nature.

In reality, Alton's motives are far more frightening. And the truth could kill Cerberus and Owen both.

My envelope may have burst.

You know how people say such and such isn't their kink? Well, beastiality isn't my kink. If it's shifters and there's a partial shift during the boom boom times I can deal, but Cerberus is half hyena, like, all the time.

But before I go there let me say that both Cerberus and Owen are sympathetic characters. Cerberus is a god but his appearance is the stuff of nightmares and both gods and doxies fear him, something he's not immune to. He goes to a brothel to slake his needs and encounters Owen being kicked out for being a heroin addict. Owen is one bad hit/one bad john away from being in a pine box six feet under. I felt for both of them and regardless of my reservations I'm happy they found each other.

It turns out unclaimed doxies have a tendency to become opioid addicts to numb the emptiness and they usually fall into sex work because of their basic makeup. One or the other typically kills them and Alton has been working on a means of eliminating this. The means by which he's attempting to rectify this situation gets very sciencey and my brain started flashing, RED ALERT, RED ALERT!!! Science talk happening! ABORT! Capacity to melt cerebral cortex eminent, STAND DOWN! Obviously this is a "me" problem. Kinda like it was "me" problem when I registered for astronomy in college thinking I'd get to look at the stars and whatnot. SPOILER ALERT: that ain't what astronomy is.

Anyhoozle, I won't spoil what the outcome of Alton's tinkering was, but let's just say he miscalculated.

There were things that were brought up from previous books that loosely tie into this world, but I think this could potentially be read as a standalone. Some things I assumed from prior books would not be possible for anyone other than Leo, things that would kill a lesser god, seem to happen here which gave me pause. However, I know for all intents and purposes, I'm not supposed to think too hard where this series is concerned. Because it's essentially bad wrong porn erotica.

So, let's talk about the sex. There are two ways to get a doxie to produce ambrosia-pain and fear. I am a card carrying member of #TeamPain but Cerberus is #TeamFear, so not a lot of kink happening between them other than one force play scene. I tried to buck up like a trooper and go with the raw, messy, animalistic boom boom scenes. But then there would be some mention along the lines of the sheath covering Cerberus' monster cock looking like a pelt and...

Or his teeth touching around Owen's cock.

Or his cock being at such a sharp angle because of the cartilage...

I kept going though! I kept building that bridge and trying to push it out of my mind, so I feel like that speaks to my level of devotion to this series. I did give handy points to Cerberus' ability to produce his own lube. #SuperHandy Thankfully the other doxies are super sweet and still as horned up as ever. They really are like puppies. How can you not love 'em?

So, even though I wasn't convinced of their emotional connection, I'm still invested in this series and VERY excited about getting to know some of the other gods and new characters that were introduced in Crocuta Crocuta.

Recommend to... bad wrong porn erotica fans?

A review copy was provided.


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