Dark, edgy, and raw! Bravo Ms. Tolomei!
That the Virtus Saga isn't just another dark fantasy series will become apparent upon reading all the reviews. It's central theme is about the making of a trio, which remains the main focus also in the rewriting of the first two books of the series. That's why I present The Sex's reviews under the Virtus Sex cover, for the two are essentially the same book. Virtus Sex is, in fact, a newer, more polished version of The Sex, with the same storyline enriched by the addition of more sex scenes and more explanations on how the three-way relationship comes together and grows.
I hope you enjoy reading the reviews as much as the books themselves!
Author Review: The Sex by Laura Tolomei
Title: Virtus Sex
The Sex: Author's Cut
Series: Virtus Saga, Book 1
Author: Laura Tolomei
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Released: April 2019
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Price: $5.43, $17.75
Length: 459 Pages
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Erotica, Gay LGBTQA+, Ménage à Trois, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Ravens
Reviewer Name: AJ
Reviewer: Blackraven’s Reviews
If Sendar stood a chance, perhaps it would be thanks to the arbitrary twists and turns of a blind destiny. Or maybe someone would discover the truth about the ancient ways and compromise our peaceful existence forever. Either way, people needed a hero to shed new light on the age-old mysteries. And he was just about to answer their prayers.
| Apr 20, 2013 | AJ’s Review:
Ms. Tolomei has penned a riveting story that will take the reader through a myriad of emotions that range from anger to sorrow to unbridled passion. Any book that can accomplish such a feat is FREAK-IN-FANTASTIC in my opinion. The characters are well-developed and three-dimensional, the dialogue is refreshing and bold, the emotions are raw and untamed, the world building is amazing and intriguing, and the sex is explosive and uninhibited. I simply couldn’t get enough of this well-crafted story and read it in one sitting.
Prince Caldwell is sexy, intelligent and at times heartless. His character left me with conflicting emotions. On one hand, he’s kind to Yilanor and it’s obvious that he cares about her. However, just as soon as Chris (a.k.a. Lord Templeton) who is also his lover enters the picture, he treats her inhumanely and I must admit that it pissed me off. I wanted to pummel Prince Caldwell and Lord Templeton on many occasions throughout the book. I don’t know if I would have been as trusting and patient as Yilanor was given her predicament.
Yilanor is a smart, sexy, strong woman with gumption who simply broke my heart. She had endured so much at the hand of other peoples’ jealousy and inability to understand her true nature. I loved how Ms. Tolomei shed more light on her character, especially as the story progressed and the reader was able to gain a better understanding of the trials and tribulations that Yilanor had endured over the years. It was obvious that she loved Prince Caldwell and would do anything for him, even to her own detriment, which was somewhat disconcerting.
It took a lot for me to even begin liking Lord Templeton. Most of the time he’s childish, snide, and simply ruthless when it comes to Yilanor. He takes every opportunity afforded him to make her feel like dirt and for that I wanted to smack him upside the head. While Ms. Tolomei shedded more light on Chris’ psyche, it still didn’t justify his poor pissed behavior. In fact, there was a point in the book that he kept using his past to justify his poor behavior which was unacceptable in my book.
All feelings aside, these three are destined to be together in one way or another and that’s where the suspense begins for me. Although Ms. Tolomei provides a few clues throughout the book, she leaves more questions than answers in her wake as Prince Caldwell, Lord Templeton, and Yilanor travel to The Nephis Valley. Ms. Tolomei piqued my curiosity regarding Yilanor, Prince Caldwell, and Lord Templeton’s Virts and the power that is generated from them. I’m curious not only how all of their Virts work, but also how sex seems to feed them, as well as allow them to communicate with one another more freely. Trust me when I say that the sex is hot enough to scorch your eyebrows, which makes The Sex the perfect title for the first book in this amazing series. Yilanor, Prince Caldwell and Lord Templeton’s appetites for sex is voracious and decadent. If the sex scenes don’t melt your panties, then nothing else will.
The secondary characters are just as intriguing as our heroes and heroine. They all have secrets that they’re hiding and I must admit that I can’t wait to see how they all fit into the overall grand scheme of things. Each secondary character is also well-developed and add depth and complexity not only to the plot, but also to the relationship that is forging between our heroes and heroine. The stakes are high and who will come out the winner remains to be seen as Prince Caldwell, Yilanor, and Lord Templeton’s destiny is molded into what it was truly meant to be. Will this dynamic trio embrace their destiny or will the past and jealousy keep them off-course; thereby, destroying any future that they might ever have, which could possibly be strong enough to span the test of time.
The Sex is dark, edgy, and raw, especially when it comes to our heroes and heroine’s emotions and sexual proclivities. Laura Tolomei has crafted an amazing dark, urban fantasy with engaging characters who are so flawed and full of anger, as well as unrequited lust and passion that it’s amazing they haven’t killed one another either literally or through their bouts of sexacapdes. The plot is well-developed, the emotions are intense and raw, and the sex scenes are uninhibited and full of passionate lust that will draw the reader into their web decadent pleasures with the turn of every page. What an amazing group of characters who simply leap off the pages to bring this tantalizing story to life. Bravo Ms. Tolomei, as you’ve hit the ball out of the park with The Sex, the first book in The Virtus Saga series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by AJ!
The Complete Series:
Book 1 Virtus Sex, The Sexy: Author's Cut - now available
Book 2 Virtus Game, The Game: Author's Cut - now available
Book 2.5 Not In The Game, Deleted scenes from The Game - now available
Book 3 The Festival - now available
Book 4 The Leader - now available
Book 5 The Pledge - now available
Book 6 The Heat - now available
Book 7 The Princess - now available
Book 8 The Lord - now available