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Love Runes [Paperback]

Jay Lygon

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Book Description

May 1 2008
God of Sex, Sam, and God of Love, Hector, have a unique relationship. They're into the BDSM lifestyle, and they both have some serious issues. Hector has a jealous bone, and Sam has an abusive ex. Their problems don't stop there; one of their biggest is that Sam refuses to grow up. Hector has no idea that Sam is literally paying the Goddess of Eternal Youth to keep him young. Sam looks, and acts, like a spoiled nineteen year old, which earns him a lot of time in the Dungeon. His immaturity gets him far worse when Hector finds out about his deception. Hector kicks Sam out, which opens the door to his ex-lover, the God of Fear, Marcus. Marcus manages to convince Sam that Hector wants him gone for good, leaving him vulnerable and alone. When the Goddess he's been trading with, power for youth, tries to extort even more out of him, though, Sam tries to stand up to her, with disastrous results. Hector has no intention of losing Sam to Marcus or the Goddess of Eternal Youth, but can he get to Sam in time to save him, or will they lose their love to forces beyond their control? Find out in this scorching sequel to Jay Lygon's popular novel, Chaos Magic!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Torquere Press (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603703683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603703680
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,530,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it better than the first volume Feb. 21 2010
By Charly T. Anchor - Published on
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

- The relationship depicted in this series is more complex than those in most m/m novels. Both characters are far from perfect: they argue and hide things from each other and do things that seem calculated to cause real emotional pain. The upside is that when one of them does or says something sweet, it seems real, which makes it that much sweeter.
- Lygon is a good writer; he explores most major facets of the characters' personalities in detail. This book has a very good description of the journey a masochist goes through to reach the point at which pleasure has overtaken pain and a very good description of clinical depression. The author also has a way of including little, seemingly insignificant details and creating a realistic, well-rounded setting: there's a scene in a hip café full of famous people that felt spot on to me (granted, I've never been in a place like that).
- I like Hector more after reading this book than I did after reading Chaos Magic. He really does seem to be TRYING to handle his issues with jealousy and cruelty toward Sam. (see cons below)
- Parts of the exposition in these books (they're told in first person) are funny. Here's one of my favorite parts from early in the book: after describing how sexy he looks while bending over a car's engine, Sam says, "That might have seemed posed, but honestly, those things just sort of happened to me. It probably had something to do with being the God of Sex. It was my nature to look like porn."

- As much as my opinion of Hector improved while reading this story, I still don't love him. He has moments of horridness that made me cringe and think maybe Sam would be better off single. (Those moments don't last long, though.)
- While my opinion of Hector went up, my opinion of Sam went down. He has a selfish, spiteful, nasty streak in him that is far from endearing at times.

Overall comments: Another reader of this series told me a while back that by the end of the series, you get the sense that the characters "deserve each other," and I'm starting to see that. What I'm hoping will happen, though, is that rather than thinking they're equal because they're both jealous and selfish and sometimes a little rotten, I'd like to think they're equal because they're both great. I think if anyone can pull off that sort of character evolution in the final book, it's Lygon. Regardless, I'm anxious to read the third volume.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Runes Nov. 6 2008
By MNix - Published on
In Sam and Hector's continuing love story, we find Sam doing his best to manipulate events around him and keeping secrets from his Master, Hector. Conflicts arise from Hector's jealousies and Sam's insecurities with growing older and maturing, as well as Sam's power-hungry ex-boyfriend having the audacity to show his face around Sam.

Incorporating Gods and Goddesses into the story makes it that much more enjoyable. Sam as the God of Sex and Hector as the God of Love are explosive. Some of the BDSM scenes were a little rough for me, but it was still interesting and core to their relationship. Sam is so cute and Hector is so in love with Sam and willing to give Sam whatever he wants if he would only ask. Love Runes also introduces Hector to Sam's family and the Beltane celebration in a very non-traditional "bringing the boyfriend home to meet the parents". I enjoyed sitting down and laughing, crying, and embracing life with Sam and Hector and definitely recommend Love Runes.

Beth Anne
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hector takes a step forward, Sam takes a step back Jan. 20 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
The first half of the book was a bit repetitive. I liked seeing Hector trying to be a good partner for Sam. I felt Sam made a step back up to a certain point if compared with the Sam at the end of the previous book.

The second part of the book was better, in my opinion, because the plot became more complicated, especially with Marcus' appearance, and Sam had to handle his lacks and his fear of growing up.

I wasn't so mad at Hector this time. Even if he was oblivious to Sam's machinations, I think it was for a desire to please him, not for a refusal to see his depression and misery. He was manipulated by Sam big time!

The world where Sam lives is awesome. I would have liked to see more about the other Gods and Goddesses, and more about Sam's life is affected for being the God of Sex.

The ending was very enjoyable and it made me chuckle quite a bit, especially seeing how Hector is smitten with the new Sam.

I'm looking forward to the next developments.

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