Dana reviews The Chimera Affair by Keira Andrews (Published by KA Books, June 20, 2017, 217 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
When young Sebastian Brambani meets a sexy and exciting older man, he’s easily seduced. But for spy Kyle Grant, it’s all business. Sebastian is simply a pawn in Kyle’s mission to acquire a dangerous chemical weapon from Sebastian’s criminal father. Kyle’s life is his work for a shadowy international agency protecting the world from evil, and he can’t worry about what will happen to Sebastian when the job is done.
Sebastian’s unwitting role in Kyle’s plan is the last straw for his ruthless father, who has been embarrassed by his gay son for the last time. But when Kyle discovers Sebastian could be the key to finding the deadly Chimera, he rescues him from his father’s hitman and fights to keep him alive. Can a hardened spy and naïve college student take down a criminal kingpin, stay one step ahead of the killers on their trail—and fight the scorching attraction between them?
This gay romance from Keira Andrews features sexy spies, an age difference, a sheltered and passionate virgin, action and adventure, and of course a happy ending.
BONUS STORY INCLUDED: The Argentine Seduction, a sequel for Kyle and Sebastian featuring unexpected jealousy, protectiveness, and a dangerous mission in the simmering heat of Buenos Aires. (And of course a happy ending!)
I am a fan of this author and her ability to create stories that are so completely different from each other. She has fantastic series books, and also great stand-alone reads. Like The Chimera Affair, which is pretty fast paced with lots of action and intrigue in one story. Though there is a lot that happens, it isn’t too much that it makes it difficult to read or keep up with.
Sebastian is a young Italian man who loves all things American. Because he also loves men, his father is keeping him home and threatening his education at Harvard. Kyle is a secret agent trying to stop Sebastian’s dad from doing some bad business. I really felt for Sebastian when he is easily seduced by Kyle and then abandoned. But Sebastian’s dad is really bad news and luckily Kyle has a little more conscience than it first appeared and the two men meet again.
It is a romance on the run for the two men. They are on the run from the henchmen and an agency that doesn’t want people around who know too much. I really like the adventure portion of the story as they escape several times from deadly situations. It is a bit crazy how they find time to get busy in between murder attempts, but the attraction is strong between them. I also feel a little bit like Sebastian is just craving someone to care about him. Sebastian is more obvious in what he feels, so for most of the book I wasn’t feeling a mutual connection. It felt like Kyle could walk away easily. But perhaps he is just that good at keeping his feeling under wraps because of his job. By the end, though, I was feeling it a bit more.
There aren’t many side characters to speak of. Both Kyle and Sebastian have daddy issues, having had crappy fathers. Sebastian’s brother is a somewhat nice guy, but he unknowingly got in over his head. I don’t see there being a way for the two brothers to work things out. Kyle’s handler is supportive of them, but there is a part of me that feels that she can’t be entirely trusted. I guess that’s just a side effect of working for secret organizations.
I said at the beginning of this that this story was a stand-alone and at the end of The Chimera Affair, the story felt concluded. The short bonus story, The Argentine Seduction made me feel like there was an opening for a second book. I liked the bonus story because it was neat to see Sebastian really come into his own as a stronger character. But a mysterious phone call at the end made me want more.
It was a nice easy read with some thrilling action. I would recommend The Chimera Affair as well as anything this author writes.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and–although she loves delicious angst along the way–Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” Find out more about Keira and her books at http://www.keiraandrews.com.