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!