"I would have to say that ever since Ryland and Phenex were introduced into this series, I was hooked, and then when it was disclosed that they were Jesse’s fathers, I was dying to read their story. Knowing how integral mates are to each other, it was heartbreaking to see these two alpha men split up and living apart for over 26 years. I can’t imagine how they were able to survive, but I understood why Phenex did what he did. Ryland was really a major victim here even though for so long he was seen as a villain. Their story is devastating, but fortunately they have Micah to thank for setting them back in line. I love Jesse. I’ve loved him since he was introduced in the first book, but for someone normally so forgiving of others, he really needed his head bopped in this installment. I completely understood why he was upset over his fate, I know his life was horrific, but he treated Ryland horribly and I had a hard time with that…especially since he treated Phenex like he was precious and had no fault in how things played out. Yes, Phenex was played, just like Ryland was played, but had these two LEADERS put their collective heads together and COMMUNICATED they just might have saved their family from decades of despair and kept their relationship intact. I was so happy to see Ryland vindicated. I was even more happy to see the love and attraction that was so obvious between him and Phenex brought back to life. If ever two men needed their HEA given back to them, it was Ryland and Phenex; and if ever a man needed his father’s reunited it was Jesse. So, yay, I got I was looking for, and I highly recommend this series, and especially this story. Enjoy." -- Miss Behaving, The Blogger Girls
“What are you doing here?” he asked in a nervous voice, like he had been caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to do. Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
“I was just speaking with Micah and he mentioned some activity going on here. I came to see for myself,” Phenex answered and slowly moved about the cave.
“Didn’t he tell you I was here investigating already?” Ryland’s angry voice had bite in it, which made Phenex stop and give him a questioning look.
“Actually, no he didn’t. He said they found items had been moved back into the cave and I came right away to check it out,” Phenex explained and began walking around the cave again. “In his defense, he may have wanted to tell me not to worry, that you were already here, but I did leave rather abruptly.”
“Of course in his defense, because gods know, the great Micah can do no wrong in my son and my mate’s eyes,” Ryland hissed under his breath.
“What was that?” Phenex asked and raised a brow at Ryland.
“You sure, because it sounded a hell of a lot like―”
“I said nothing. Now drop it,” Ryland growled.
“Fine. Color it dropped,” Phenex said and turned away walking to the other side of the cave.
“Color it dropped? What the hell does that even mean?” Ryland asked incredulously.
“Just something young Taylor would say,” Phenex said with a chuckle.
“I think you’re spending too much time with the Guardian. He’s dropping your I.Q. points.”
Phenex spun around to face Ryland. His face filled with confusion and rage. “What is your problem these days? Who shoved that massive pole up your ass and super glued it there?”
“Screw you.” Ryland huffed and turned away.
“Oh now who’s I.Q. points have dropped? Couldn’t come up with anything better? Whatever happened to the fun loving man I once knew?”
“He learned that was a foolish way to live,” Ryland whispered, his voice laced with hurt.
“Says who?” Phenex asked and walked closer to Ryland. “Dare? I think it is you who spent too much time with the closed off dragon.”
“At least he knew how to be serious. Not all of life is a joke. And at least he didn’t abandon me,” Ryland spit out.
“Neither did I, your highness. You forced me away,” Phenex spat, turned and walked away.
“Whatever,” Ryland said under his breath.
They both remained quiet as they searched the cave. “I can do this by myself you know? I don’t need you here,” Ryland said, breaking the silence.
“Of course you can. Because gods know the great fae King doesn't need anyone,” Phenex said absently as he rounded a corner into an alcove.
“What is that supposed to mean?” Ryland asked angrily. But Phenex gave no reply. “Phen?” Again, no response came and Ryland walked to where the Legion commander disappeared. He walked around the stone wall and stopped dead at the site before him. A large king-sized bed sat in the alcove. It looked plush and inviting with an extra thick mattress and fluffy pillows. It was a four post bed with a cast-iron headboard that had sweeping scrollwork with delicate castings and finials that made it look graceful. To the side of the bed stood a wooden nightstand with a few candles on top. As Ryland’s eyes swept the area he noticed candles sat all over the area in cutouts in the walls. Sitting against one of the walls was a large cooler. “What the hell is all of this? Is Malachi planning a kidnapping or a seduction?” Ryland asked as he moved closer to the bed and fingered the soft material of the comforter.
“I don’t know. But he is either planning a night of romance or he’s intending to capture someone of importance. Someone he believes should be shown care instead of cruelty. Someone like…” Phenex left off his sentence.
“Lomiel,” Ryland whispered in horror.
“We have to warn Micah,” Phenex said and grabbed Ryland’s hand. He walked them to the nearest wall and placed his hand upon it, but nothing happened. “What the fuck?” he said in shock.
“What’s wrong?” Ryland asked anxiously.
“The wall is still solid. My powers don’t work,” Phenex whispered, as shock and confusion marred his face.
“What do you mean they don’t work?” Ryland asked angrily with a hint of fear.
“I mean they don’t work,” Phenex growled and began pushing his hands around different places on the rock, trying to gain entry.
“How is that possible?”
“I don’t know,” Phenex growled in frustration.
“Let’s figure that out later,” Ryland said and grabbed Phen’s hand. “We need to get back to Micah. Our son is in danger. Come, I’ll open a portal,” Ryland said and dragged Phen back into the main cave. He began to chant, but nothing happened.
“Doesn’t work?” Phenex asked snidely.
“What the hell is going on here? Why won’t our powers work?” Ryland said angrily.
“I think we fell into Malachi’s trap.”
“You think he set all this up to trap us?” Ryland asked.
“Not us particularly, but someone. There is no way out of here and the place has been made to keep someone comfortable. How much do you want to bet, there is food in that cooler in there?” Phen asked as he motioned over his shoulder toward the alcove. “And who knows what we’ll find in the other two alcoves.”
“Shit,” Ryland whispered in shock. “What if he was planning on grabbing Lomiel and keeping him locked up here? There has to be some kind of spell around this place to block powers. If he got Lomiel here with no powers to defend himself, he would be helpless against Malachi,” Ryland said with fear. “We have to get out of here and warn Micah. We have to save our son.”
“Well what do we have here?” Phen asked as he strolled into their bed chamber. His eyes locking onto his mate spread out on their bed naked, legs spread wide, ankles cuffed to the post’s, arms spread out above his head and cuffed, long, hard cock standing straight, leaking his clear seed onto his stomach.
“I wanted to be ready for your return, my beloved,” Ryland said breathlessly.
Phen walked over to the bed and slowly ran a finger up Ryland’s leg, from ankle to thigh and pulling away as it got close to his beautiful cock. Then he slowly traced his finger up the hard planes of Ryland’s stomach and chest and flicked one of his hard nipples, causing Ryland to arch his back and gasp. “If I didn’t know that you could use your magic and bind yourself, I would be a very jealous man right now wondering who bound my man,” Phen said in a deep, husky voice.
“I would never allow anyone but you to bind me, my love,” Ryland said, and then moaned as Phenex leaned over and took his hard nipple between his teeth and gently tugged, laving it with his tongue, sucking and biting as he gave the hard nub his full attention, then he slid his lips across his love’s hard chest and gave his other nipple the same attention.
“I must say, dearheart, I love coming home to find you like this. I missed you something fierce,” Phenex said against Ryland’s lips and then claimed them in a heated kiss. He drove his tongue into Ryland’s mouth as he shoved a hand through his silky, golden hair, pulling the strands slightly to expose Ryland’s delicious throat. Abruptly he pulled away, leaving Ryland whimpering for more and attacked his smooth throat. He licked and nibbled Ryland’s neck from one side to the other and gently bit down on his Adam’s apple. Ryland cried out and pushed his head further against the pillow trying to get more of Phen’s mouth on him.
“I missed you so much, my love,” Ryland panted. “You have been away for almost five weeks.”
“It couldn’t be avoided, dearheart. There was trouble in the Gallows, but all is fine now.” Phenex slid his hand down Ryland’s chest and over his stomach. He wrapped his big, strong hand around Ryland’s hard cock and stroked him slowly from root to tip. Ryland moaned so beautifully as his hips thrust off the bed.
“I need you,” Ryland pleaded.
“What do you need, love?” Phenex said with a knowing smirk.
“I need you to fuck me,” he said through clenched teeth as Phenex continued to stroke him slowly.
“Is that all you need?” Phenex leaned down and whispered his tongue across the tip of Ryland’s leaking cock.
“Oh fuck,” Ryland cried out. “You bastard. You know what I want,” he said panting.
Phenex smiled and teased the tip of Ryland’s cock again. He knew his mate could get himself out of his binds anytime he wanted, but he didn’t. He loved being at Phen’s mercy. He continued to slowly stroke Ryland’s cock as he blew across the wet tip, causing a shiver to race through his fae’s body. He slid his other hand around Ryland’s hip and cupped his ass cheek, giving it a squeeze. His fingers brushed into Ryland’s crease and his eyes shot to Ryland’s. “What is this, my fae King?” Phenex asked in amusement as he tapped his fingers against the end of the godemiche in Ryland’s ass.
Ryland arched as a loud moan escaped his lips. “I told you I wanted to be ready for you, my love.”
“Such a good mate I have,” Phenex whispered and pulled on the hard phallic in Ryland’s ass. He pumped the godemiche in the same slow tempo as he stroked Ryland’s cock. His mate moaned and writhed against the bed as he begged for more.
“Please, Phen. I can’t wait any longer. I need you to take me. I miss you inside me. I need to feel our connection again.”
“You like when our bond slams into place and I get locked inside your beautiful body for hours?” Phen asked and licked across Ryland’s cock.
“Yes!” he screamed out. “Yes, Phen, gods, yes! I love when we bond. Please, mate. After being apart for so long, I need to bond again.”
“You love when my cock locks and you fall asleep with me buried deep inside you.” Phenex moaned against Ryland’s hard cock and then licked a slow line from base to tip.
“Yes, dammit! Yes. Please, Phen,” he whimpered.
“Who am I to deny my mate such extreme pleasure?” Phenex asked and stood straight, releasing Ryland’s cock. Ryland whimpered from the loss.
“Undress me,” Phenex ordered. Ryland looked at him with a lusty gaze and chanted softly. Phenex’s clothes fell from his body and he stood there in all his naked glory. “Such a good mate,” he praised and climbed on the bed between Ryland’s spread legs. He grabbed the end of the godemiche and quickly pulled it from Ryland’s wanton hole. Ryland moaned his name and threw his head back as best he could. Phenex placed the head of his long, thick cock to Ryland’s hole and pushed forward. Ryland was ready for him and Phenex slid all the way in in one thrust. They both moaned as Phenex hit Ryland’s pleasure spot inside him. “How do you want it, mate? Hard and fast or excruciatingly slow?”
“Fast and hard. Fuck me hard, mate. I want to feel you for days,” Ryland said through clenched teeth.
“Release your legs,” Phenex ordered and Ryland chanted. The cuffs around his ankles popped open and Phenex slid his arms under Ryland’s knees. He grabbed Ryland’s hips and pulled slowly from his body until just the tip remained inside. He met Ryland’s love filled eyes and thrust forward hard and fast.