Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Blood of the Sphinx
SERIES: Virgin Kings #1
AUTHOR: J. Johanis
LENGTH: 93 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2017
The blood of the sphinx runs through my veins,” Sasha said as he inspected the warrior standing at attention before him. “It’s what makes my family line so potent—what gives us the power to make or break a man.”
Son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, Sasha is the king of kings. He’s the pharaoh, and he’s supposed to be the most powerful man in Egypt, but he’s convinced there’s something wrong with him. Maybe he’s in heat or maybe he’s just cursed, but no pharaoh should have such an insatiable need to be mated by another man. Even worse, the man he desires has never shown an inkling of interest in him.
When the young pharaoh finds himself the sole ruler of Egypt and under siege by the Romans, he has to find a way to deal with the desires consuming him or all will be lost.
I really enjoyed this book. If you’re a fan of history like I am, I think you’ll get a kick out of this “history with a twist” story. Sometimes you just need a happy ending and J. Johanis gives us one with this story. Now if you know the real story behind Cleopatra, Marc Antony, and Cleopatra’s son Cesarian, known as Sasha, don’t let it spoil the fun for this book.
Sasha was running the empire with his mom, Cleopatra, but she was overthrown by the Romans who are attacking. Which left Sasha as the pharaoh. But Sasha was dealing with his own problem; his body was becoming something else and he was in severe heat. Yes, heat. He was animalistic and didn’t know how to deal with it. He just thought he needed a vassal to fix him.
When I am in the right mood, I love books about domination and this one satisfied that urge. Sasha is a little different than most pharoahs. He has different blood in him and he is consumed with the need to be dominated by a strong man and have that man’s seed spilled in him. To be the man and ruler he is destined to be, he NEEDS it. And he wants it from one man in particular, his lifelong friend, Adrian.
I connected easily to Sasha. So much so that I felt bad for Sasha in this book. He was trying so hard to be a good ruler and fight against the Romans even knowing he was probably going to lose. All the while he was trying to battle this demon of his own. But the burning in him to be dominated by his mate was so strong it interrupted everything for him. In life sometimes we burn for someone to be our mate or partner and it consumes our thoughts. As humans, it isn’t so bad, but for Sasha it’s much worse because of his special blood.
I also sympathized with Sasha because he didn’t think he could have the one man he wanted to be his mate and was tortured by it. However, the reader was let in on the fact that Adrian was pining for Sasha just as badly, but didn’t think he could have Sasha because he’s just a guard.
They grew up together and loved each other from afar ever since they were little, so the connection and the potential was always there. But when it finally got a chance to grow, man was it incredible!
The best part about this book, other than the history part, was definitely the sex. Because of his blood, it took Sasha to a whole other plane. He felt like he was in another world. He’s dominated and taken and he loved every minute of it. It was definitely hot. The way it was written made you want to reread it several times.
I really enjoyed this book, because of the twist of history and because it had a happily ever after. I loved the characters and rooted for Sasha during the whole book to get what he needed and wanted. I encourage any history buff or anyone who love dominance to get this book and I hope you enjoy this chemistry and hot sex as much as I did.