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This is only my second book by this author, the first being the prequel/connected book Mortal Temptations, but this can be read as a stand-alone. Firstly, this book needed to come with a warning of M/F/M, M/M/F and M/M scenes, as though I expected them, they might not be to everybody's tastes. Me, I'm sure glad they were there!!

Long, long ago, Demetri, a tiger-shapeshifter demigod, had been tasked with capturing the evil vengeance demon Valenarian, and she ended up in service for 3000 years as a high priestess and PA to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Having loved Demetri in all of this time, and having taken a vow of celibacy, Val has fulfilled her role of bringing together couples, but Aphrodite gets word that Valenarian's evil demon side seems to be re-emerging, as she has been sleeping with and killing unfaithful males and taking pleasure in this, though her 'good girl' persona, Val knows nothing of this (Valenarian is the stronger persona, and suppresses Val when she wants to come out to play). So, Aphrodite approaches Demetri with a deal: he has 14 days in which to merge Valenarian and Val permanently, or V/V has to die.

V/V does not know about Demetri's mission or Aphrodite's plans for her, and she assumes that she is on a mission to ensure that Leon, an Alpha male, ex-armed forces, still-in-the-closet shifter meets with his HEA, but Valenarian emerges and seduces Leon herself, though the next day, V/V does not recall this and does not understand Leon's familiarity with her, but Demetri begins to understand what is happening, and turns voyeur to observe them.

Demetri has always been bi-sexual, as well as being in love with V/V, and is attracted to Leon, who up until now has been staunchly hetero...some of the dialogue and fantasies between the males that ensued is guaranteed to have the reader hot and bothered. Talk about scorching phone-sex!! Then we get the actual M/M and M/F/M and M/M/F scenes, and those are beyond-scorching. All 3 end up falling for each other, and unwittingly, through their simply being together, Val manages to triumph over Valenarian and the 3 end up with a HEA.

I found this book to be extremely erotic, but also strangely romantic, as Leon struggled with his feelings and guilt for wanting another man, but the tale worked well, and with V/V's and Demetri's backgrounds, coupled with the accepting family that Leon came from, I ended up feeling that their menage-a-trois HEA could really work.

This author will now be an auto-buy for me!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 31 August 2009
Although the second in a new fantasy romance series, it isn't necessary to read book 1 "Mortal Temptations" first as Demitri; having appeared in book 1 is the only common connection.

Demi-god Demitri fell in love with Valenarian; a vengeance demoness he was assigned to seduce, before Aphrodite imprisoned her. Now several thousand years later he is instrumental in ensuring Val's survival. Despite brainwashing by Aphrodite and her inner demoness subdued under the timid persona of Valerie, Val's alter ego still makes an appearance and the other Gods want her destroyed. With only 14 days to successfully merge Valerie and Valenarian, Demitri and Val soon have the help of shape shifting mortal Leon, who too quickly falls in love with Val whilst finding himself attracted to a man for the first time.

This book worked well for several reasons. I liked the dual nature of Val; one timid the other wildly sexual, and the fact that Leon falls in love with Valerie, whilst Demitri's heart belongs to Valenarian. Although two very different personalities living in the same skin, AJ is able to make vengeance demoness Valenarian a sympathetic character, despite her penchant for ripping cheating men to shreds with her claws.

With plenty of passion, action, and the interference of vengeful Gods and Goddesses, "Mortal Seductions" is an exciting and red hot fantasy romance. AJ again returns to an exotic location, in this case Egypt as Leon and co. join an archaeology site headed by his younger brother. Amid the desert setting a series of heated seductions take place; mf, mfm and mm as Leon and Demitri's relationship deepens alongside their feelings for Val. Further romance is in the air, the hunt is on to find a cursed necklace and a thief stealing relics from the dig and yet still the clock ticks down until Valenarian faces death.
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on 6 November 2009
Even though this can be stand alone, one of the main charectors is mentioned in the previous book. good book, has an actual story even though the first book's story was better, all in all an ok read. sex demon prays on mortals, main charector thousands of years ago trapped her, now shes back it's his job to put her on the strait and narrow, she some what complies then a third person is thrown in, menage book with a good ending.
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