The Pharaoh's Concubine

The Pharaoh s Concubine Beauty is only skin deep until love reveals what lies beneath As mob boss Yvgeny Mosko s open secret Dylan Anderson is happy enough with a passionate if loveless arrangement that affords him a life

  • Title: The Pharaoh's Concubine
  • Author: Z.A. Maxfield
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Beauty is only skin deep until love reveals what lies beneath.As mob boss Yvgeny Mosko s open secret, Dylan Anderson is happy enough with a passionate, if loveless, arrangement that affords him a life of luxury But at thirty six, he wonders how committed Mosko will be to an aging lover.He finds out when a rival gang kidnaps him in a turf war everyone s sure to lose MoskoBeauty is only skin deep until love reveals what lies beneath.As mob boss Yvgeny Mosko s open secret, Dylan Anderson is happy enough with a passionate, if loveless, arrangement that affords him a life of luxury But at thirty six, he wonders how committed Mosko will be to an aging lover.He finds out when a rival gang kidnaps him in a turf war everyone s sure to lose Mosko unleashes deadly force, leaving no one alive except for a young man whose dark eyes tug at Dylan s heart and the conscience he thought he d excised long ago.Though he tried to stop the kidnapping, William Memo Escobar knows Mosko will use what s left of him to send a powerful message to his rivals When Mosko s pampered pretty boy risks everything to help him escape, he can t believe his luck.William figures he s better suited to life off the grid, but as the days go by he begins to realize Dylan s beauty is than skin deep And as Dylan coaxes and beguiling smiles from William, he yearns for things like family ties he d thought were best forgotten.Yet behind their newfound happiness lurks the certain knowledge that no matter how careful they are, Mosko will come for what s his.

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    1. It's possible to find something sad but cute?Yes It's possible This book is a good example.Dylan is a mafia protégée. He is the lover of one of the most violent and important boss But he is "ignorant", living a parallel live, where no one is killed or tortured He has a good live, doing nothing But obviously at the age of 36 he is starting to question for how long his lover will keep him.Willian is against his wish a member of a gang. His future is a big question mark, and being the youngest so [...]

    2. ^^PHANTASTIC!^^4.5Whenever I read a book by Z.A Maxfield, I am just so crazy happy, her characters always appeal to me and by the middle of the book, I am so in love I don’t know what to do with myself. This book was no exception, her characters always unique and never perfect. They appeal to my better nature (which is I love hot guys together), I see them so clearly in my head I start to believe that I am reading an autobiography about their lives. They honour me with sharing about their live [...]

    3. This was a bit of a departure from most of Z.A. Maxfield's books - less funny, less sweet, more unexpected and more morally ambiguous. The main characters were both flawed, and each had a past which included some poor decisions and willingness to look the other way. Dylan was the kept man of a mob boss, who survived a failed kidnap attempt. Dylan then saved William, the young man embroiled in the scheme, from paying for his involvement with his life. Rescuing William forces them both to flee fro [...]

    4. I`ve read paranormals that were more believable than Pharaoh`s Concubine.I didn`t like any of the characters.They were so good and noble that it was annoying.Even the villain had a halo

    5. I LOVED THIS BOOKI really like ZA Maxfield and have not been disappointed with her books so far.This is Dylan's and William's story. Dylan is the lover of a powerful Russian mobster (Yves) in Las Vegas, one day getting out of a the spa he's kidnapped by a group of gang bangers, he is beaten and taken hostage. One of the kidnappers, William (Memo) is not on board with the whole thing and seems uneasy about the situation.Within minutes of the kidnapping Yves' men catch up with the kidnappers and o [...]

    6. I just reread this and upped my rating to a five. It's one of those books that grows on you, unfolding beauties and insights, much like the hero Dylan, a man whose physical beauty turns out to camouflage his inner beauty. On the first page he comes off (and even thinks of himself) as a spoiled plaything, a man with a weekly appointment at a high-end spa. But Dylan is emphatically more than he seems and the botched kidnapping ends up becoming one of those catalytic events, irrevocably changing th [...]

    7. A Mob Boss, an ex-Mormon and a reluctant Gang Banger. A kidnapping, the catalyst that changes the course of each and every one of their lives in ways none of them ever expected. Each of these characters is multi-layered and it is in peeling these layers back we find the common ground and understand the motivation behind each of their actions and the path they each end up choosing when the proverbial shit hits the fan.Each of these men feels their own brand of alienation and loneliness as a resul [...]

    8. This just was not doing it for me. Dylan's decision to "save" Memo didn't quite make sense, especially when it means a total overhaul of his own cushy life. I could understand it if Dylan were unhappy with Mosko or was being ill-treated but for the first quarter of the book, there is no sign than Dylan even wanted to escape. On the contrary, he valued his comfortable, secure life being the mob boss' kept man; he enjoyed the life of luxury and the red carpet treatment wherever he went.Perhaps I w [...]

    9. Отличное чтение на полдня. Персонажи, конечно, даже для любовного романа сильно сказочные, особенно украинский мафиози из Лас-Вегаса - такой весь из себя зловещщщий и благородный. Но написано как всегда у автора прекрасно, главные герои прелестные наивные идиоты, концовка [...]

    10. 3.9 StarsDylan was the highlight of the book for me, and in a way so was the Russian mob boss. But yeah, Kaje Harper said it all better than I could; read her review.

    11. I am not a fan of books where the MCs are apart for an extended amount of time, and that was the case with this book. Needless to say, I was disappointed. I felt the interruption in the relationship development of the MCs and that really threw off their chemistry. It didn’t help that the ending was rushed and abrupt.

    12. The thing that really got me about this book by ZAM is that it is so not what you would expect from her. I'm used to reading sexy, straight forward, loving guys who meet, fall in love, and make a go from start to finish. While there is self discovery along the way, you get the feel that it's a change for the better; they haven't been tarnished and they are still so "shiny", to quote Officer Helmet. Dylan and Memo are a couple that I really could sink my teeth into. From the onset, the first chap [...]

    13. Very good angsty romance about two men, trapped in unsatisfying and dangerous lives, finding the strength to change themselves and their situations.Dylan is the aging kept boy of a Russian mobster, by whom he is pampered and indulged. Yves offers everything Dylan could want in a lover--except his time and attention, most of which is appropriated by his wife and children. William, the youngest of a tough gangster family, hoped to escape the life by going to college, but was forced back into servi [...]

    14. I gave this a four because IMHO, although the story was well-written, the plot engaging, and the characters expertly drawn (not to mention my ongoing fascination with LDS and St.George environs)hated the ending. Still--it was worth a second read, because I loved the overall story. In fact, author always promises an HEA, which I DO want, but this was very contrived and skirted too close to the edge of fantasy for me. On one hand, I could believe that Yves' love led to his act of redemption, but o [...]

    15. Be prepared to be seduced by this dark story. Dylan Anderson, the boyfriend of the gang leader, is caught in a turf war between gangs. William Escobar is along for the ride with his brother, who is part of the gang that kidnaps Dylan. When the Dylan’s boyfriend, Yvgeny Mosko catches up with the gang that snatched him, they are all killed, save William. The characters Ms. Maxfield has created are dark and multi-dimensional with secrets that surprised me. Dylan isn’t really who he says he is a [...]

    16. I loved this one! Dylan and William were interesting characters and I could completely picture them in my head. Of course the cover art didn't hurt either. I could see how someone could think Dylan shallow -- but to me when push came to shove he stuck to his belief in what was right. William as the gang member was a little harder to reconcile - he comes off as a more scared, whiny kid while with his "gang" yet with Dylan he is a self assured confident alpha male. So certainly the characters had [...]

    17. This book wins the award for most gripping opening in a book I’ve read! Wow, my heart was racing and the adrenaline was flowing during the whole kidnapping sequence followed by the dramatic getaway. Loved it! The character dynamics were very interesting in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed Dylan’s character and pretty much everything about him. William was harder to connect with and I’m not sure I ever totally felt strength in their relationship. I almost wish I could have seen a bit of Dyl [...]

    18. I really really loved this book, and I have one thing that I've been wondering about. (view spoiler)[ Did Maxfield originally intend to have something different happen when the Russian Mob came for William? Why did Maxfield include the whole scene where Dylan taught William how to hide silently in the dark Nevada night? You know how Doestoyevsky said if there's a gun on the wall at the beginning of the novel, someone better get shot by the end of the story? Well, William and Dylan playing hide a [...]

    19. I liked this better than Drawn Together. I enjoy Z.A. Maxfield's voice and storytelling, mixing the mystery/action with the love story.I love Dylan, he is such a sweetie who must somehow let his past mesh with his future to find balance. We see William as someone who can accept who Dylan is.I really wanted to slap Peter up side the head several times, but I imagine that there are many men who are stuck in his position.Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

    20. I don't want people to not read this book based on this butI was a little disappointed in this story, the whole time Dylan/Skip and William are on the run we have NO idea what Yves is doing we are as blind as they are. I just felt I was constantly waiting for something to happen that was never going to happenAlso the ending was way to rushed, can we get an epilogue or something? I don't know I'm glad we had our HEA but something more would have been nice.

    21. 4.5 starsI liked this story, but I wanted Peter to get his due. Feels like he got away too easily, and I'd like to see him receive his karmic justice.

    22. 3/5I guess my biggest disappointment for this book is my expectation for the plot progression and how different it is from the actual direction the author decided to go with. I'm not saying how it turned out was bad, just not entirely what I expected or in the mood for. However, I must comment that for a book that was pushing for the "mob's concubine" concept, it was being used as such a soft plotting devices. (view spoiler)[ We experienced it mostly through Dylan retelling about it. Surprisingl [...]

    23. A good writer makes you forget that it is not likelyat two ex gangmembers/maffialove-interestts a happily after.a chance to making their on destiney.with the help and blessing from left behind maffia boss.I felt for both men,and I was cheering for the badguy sweet from Yves.If you can pull that off as a writeran your good.

    24. This is one of those books that the blurb doesn't really do it credit. If I had just gone with what I saw on the blurb, I might not have purchased the story, but I was curious enough to read a sampling. This book is so much more- more story, more beautifully drawn characters and definitely more plot. Now its got its exciting places in the plot, but it is much more character-driven.Dylan is the kept man of Yves Moskov a Russsian mobster who runs Vegas. Dylan has been with Yves for many years and [...]

    25. Whoa. I like almost anything Z.A. Maxfield writes, but this one blew me away, and though sometimes impressions fade with time, my thought is that this one will sit solidly in my top 5 m/m of all time.I'm not surprised that so far, this book has had a wide range of responses -- I expect it will be deemed the worst of hers by some readers, the best by others (put me in the column of 'the best'). It is not a feel-good story, it is dark, a morally ambiguous story where the heroes are flawed, the pri [...]

    26. 4/5A very good LGBT romance fiction by Z.A Maxfield.Hard hitting, often rather brutal as she confronts ingrained homophobia, and the damage it can reek on peoples lives. But also touches on romance, love and the impetus inside all decent people to seek out and do 'the right thing'.Characterisation: effective, never boring. The main protagonists back stories are never rushed into, instead gently revealed to one another as one would expect between strangers feeling a powerful sexual desire toward [...]

    27. This book wavered between 3 and 3.75 stars for me, but I felt it was an enjoyable read overall.The characters in this book really drew me for some reason. Dylan Anderson is a kept man who has an agreeable arrangement with mob boss Yvgeny Mosko. Mosko is gay, but in his occupation, that is the kiss of death. The fact that he has a family as well as Dylan on the side, is a demonstration of how much he is feared by his associates. When Dylan is captured by Mosko's rivals, Mosko will stop at nothing [...]

    28. I thought this story was fantastic! It was totally not what I expected. I guess the Pharaoh in the title threw me off to the point where I thought this was some historical Middle East story. That couldn't be further from the dynamic, exciting, suspenseful, romantic, and heartbreaking story I just finished. Ms. Maxfield tore out my heart, stomped on it, left it to just wither, and then completely restored my sanity and my love for her storytelling abilities when she put it back together again. It [...]

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