Futuristic and imaginative, this story caught my interest and kept it though I did have problems visualizing a greenish toned sexy man. (That was due to my lack of imagination and not the author’s descriptions.) From a very complex society to sexual trafficking, this story has everything you could want in a good action novel complete with sex interests and unexpected turns of events. I loved the multitude of different types of people including those who are both male and female. Even better was the diversity of what was the norm. The addressing of serious topics, sex trafficking and addiction, in a non-threatening format leaves the reader thinking and reflecting on these serious issues while thoroughly enjoying the extremely interesting adventures of Lefi and Afton. This story is part of a series but it’s not necessary to read any of the previous books to enjoy and follow this one. However, you may find yourself looking for those previous books and looking forward to future books. The main love interest is male/male so expect a lot of those scenes. However, as one of the participants sees himself as male and is attracted to females, there is a wonderful learning process going on where everything Afton knows of himself comes into question. I loved the story, the imagery and the world building present in this book and have to say that it really had my imagination working overtime.
Inspector Afton Teris didn’t expect to have to bring a Bacchi to court. He thought he left those duties behind him. But, you have to do what you’re assigned to do. Bacchi Lefi Dhahn is a very talented sex worker who is more than he appears. He’s been attracted to Afton for over a year but as Afton identifies himself as male, he doesn’t look to Lefi as a sexual interest. However, Afton does like Lefi and soon finds that he is seeking him out. What is going on? He has more important things to do than to hang out with a Bacchi!
The Bacchi Lefi Dhrahn lives a life of luxury and decadence, but is tortured by memories of a lost love. He survives the pain by surrounding himself with sex, beauty, and all forms of self-indulgence. When he meets the alluring Inspector Afton Teris, Lefi believes the detective will make a very nice addition to his string of conquests.
Afton Teris is a Valoran hermaphrodite, and like all members of his species, is stern, cerebral and disapproves of the frivolous prostitute. Afton orients as a male, but the beautiful Lefi Dhrahn stirs him sexually, making him question everything he knows about himself. To further confuse his emotions, Afton finds himself tempted by the forbidden pleasures surrounding the Bacchi.
When a kidnapping ring strikes close to home, the two go undercover on a brothel barge to investigate a slavery operation. There, Lefi is confronted by painful memories from his past, while Afton is faced with a horror that threatens his future, and perhaps his very life. Their survival lies with one another, but only if Lefi can set aside his pain and listen to his heart.
Publisher's Note: While primarily a male/male love story, this book contains one or more instances of male/female interaction. It also contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: exhibitionism/sex in public, male/male sexual practices, violence.