Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver focuses on the third of Sutekh’s sons, Malthus Krayl, as the search for the murderer of his brother Logan continues. The uneasy truce between the multiple pantheons that rule the Underworld is stretched to its breaking point as various clues seem to implicate the guilt of other gods which will trigger the final war that will destroy the world. Calliope Kane is a Daughter of Aset and was Roxy Tam’s mentor. She crosses paths with Malthus as they both seek to question the high priest of Sutekh’s mortal worshippers, the Setnakhts. Their mutual attraction was primed by a previous chance encounter but Malthus represents temptation that Calliope is repelled by given her hatred of soulreapers. Discovery of traitors forces an uneasy alliance between the two of them and Malthus’ determination to act on the sensual heat between them forces Calliope to reevaluate her priorities. The successful pairing of Malthus’ brothers with their respective mates offers hope that there is a way for those of Aset to interact with their lifelong enemies but previous experiences show that the path may not necessarily be an easy one.
Third in the intriguing and sexy series, Sins of the Flesh gives cameos of those introduced in the previous two novels (Sins of the Heart, Sins of the Soul) while showcasing yet another sexy hero to drool over. Malthus never pretends to be something he is not yet he is willing to stretch and grow so that anyone who becomes something other than a brief liaison necessarily has to stretch her boundaries as well. You get several interesting twists as the mystery behind Lokan’s murder unfolds and one gets heartwarming glimpses of the equal partnerships that have formed between the brothers and their chosen mates.