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Ellery's Duty (Thrown to the Lions Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kim Dare
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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As a well-respected dominant, Ellery has been watching the subs from the local leather bars disappear into the lions’ den for far too long, and he’s not convinced that everything is as fine as they all claim it is. He’s determined to find out what really happens in there. If the only way he can do that is to volunteer to be thrown to the lions himself, so be it.

Kefir’s never worked out what the other lions find so interesting about the human sacrifices who visit their den, but this new man is unlike any other human he’s ever met, and Kefir’s captivated. Can the smallest lion in the pride claim a man like Ellery as his pet—is that even the way Kefir wants to think of his human mate?

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  • File Size: 269 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (November 12, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43HDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but didn't work for me December 12, 2010
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Disappointing. I bought this because I really liked Duck by Kim Dare, which was set in an entirely shifter world and somehow I could accept the heightened reality there.

But Ellery's duty is set in a world where humans and shifters meet, and the dominant, Ellery, goes to visit the lions, to make sure that they are treating the human subs who visit them well. I love m/m romances, it's my first choice genre right now. But somehow, the fact that there is not a single female character in this book bothered me. With Duck, they were all avians, but if we are introducing humans into the mix, I wondered where the other half of the human race was... And lions are not monogamous creatures. Lions have 4--5 lioness, who actually do all the work. So where were they? How did these lion shifters come to be, if their entire culture was around dominance and submission with male humans? Why didn't they have sex with each other? See, I couldn't sink into the world of this book. I didn't actually like Kefir, who was a little too kittenish for me, and it didn't explore well enough for me, the idea of submission has nothing to do with strength, Kefir is clearly stronger than Ellery but wanted to submit to him. That idea is interesting, but Kefir had so little insight or depth, that we couldn't go anywhere with it. Ellery was all about dominance but he didn't have any insight either, just a dominance struggle with the head of lions, which frankly was ludicrous and unfair. Ellery had gone into the lion's den to make sure that they weren't maltreating the human subs. I think it's appropriate for the head of the lions to be concerned about one of his more vulnerable members who had only known this other guy for maybe 2 weeks before commitment is asked for.

So neither the world building nor the relationship dynamics worked for me.

3228 locations, reasonable length, not a one bite and it's gone novella.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thin and unsatisfying December 21, 2010
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Ellery's Duty (Thrown to the Lions) - much like Duck!, and The Mark of an Alpha (Pack Discipline) - is another variation on Kim Dare's exploration of socially / genetically superior characters going submissive.

ED starts out from Ellery's point of view as he is being "thrown to the lions." Now, I'm not sure what Ellery was expecting, but I was certainly surprised to find that this pretty much only meant hanging out in the parlor, naked, and having snacks. Seriously? The event is in the name of the series, and all that happens is a pride meeting with snacks?!? Okay, to be fair, whatever sexual escapades might have happened in previous Thrown to the Lions books, events here are limited by Kefir's submissiveness.

We quickly learn that Kefir isn't just submissive, he's incredibly naïve. We're told that the lion pride has a house, that Kefir has his own flat, and it sounds like they're living in a large modern city; but somehow they've managed to stay almost completely oblivious to humans. Only recently has Kefir even held down a real job as the lions' genealogist. Ultimately, I ended up very frustrated by how willfully ignorant Kefir seemed, and his abject submissiveness was actually a little pathetic and sometimes made me very uncomfortable to read about.

It's hard to say if Ms. Dare's lack of world-building is because she felt it wasn't relevant to the story, or if she just didn't know how any of this could really work in the modern age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Elisa
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In the same universe of the two previous stories, Ellery's Duty takes a twist: Kefir, the werelion, is not a Dominant in searching of a pet, but he is more a kitten who wants to find his Master and being a lap pet himself (see all the lapping, cuddling and all kitten gestures he has). Kefir has a gentle soul; in lion form he is for sure stronger than any human, but not as strong as other lions. He is small and lithe and he has no mean bone in him. He is clever but sincerely he has not the push to be a leader. In such situation, and inside his pride, it's unlikely that he is able to find a soul mate, because another lion will not allow to a peer to submit, and an ordinary man is not considered strong enough to be Master of a lion.

Ellery is a human Dominant who wants to be sure the submissives they send to the Lions' Den are taking care of. No one has really ever complained but is Ellery's duty to be sure of that. So he proposes himself as a "submissive" to be thrown to the lions; problem is that Ellery is everything other than a submissive, both in appearance than attitude. The night he is thrown to the lions, no one of the werelion wants to "play" with him until Kefir doesn't come along: Kefir is fascinated by Ellery, by the strength of the man. It's really a tender scene, with Kefir looking at Ellery like a wonderful gift Kefir has no right to ask, and Arslan, the pride leader, who pushes Kefir to ask for the unthinkable.

It's true that Kefir is a submissive for nature and in his case is really a question of nature, Kefir needs a protective man, he needs to feel safe and comfortable, but he also knows that he is a lion and a lion protects his pet.
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More About the Author

Kim Dare is a twenty-nine year old, full time writer from Wales (UK). First published in 2008, she has since released close to eighty BDSM erotic romance titles.

While most of Kim's stories follow male/male relationships, she also writes about characters that enjoy male/female, female/male (female dominant), female/female and all kinds of ménage relationships. Kim's titles have included contemporary stories, fairytale re-tellings, vampires, time travelers, werewolves and werelions--not to mention the occasional wereduck.

Regardless of the gender of her characters or the different genres they inhabit, from short stories to full-length novels, there are three things Kim always wants to give her characters--kink, love, and a happy ending.

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