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The Pharaoh's Concubine

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  652 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Beauty is only skin deep…until love reveals what lies beneath.

As mob boss Yvgeny Mosko’s open secret, Dylan Anderson is happy enough with a passionate, if loveless, arrangement that affords him a life of luxury. But at thirty-six, he wonders how committed Mosko will be to an aging lover.

He finds out when a rival gang kidnaps him in a turf war everyone’s sure to lose. Mosko
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published (first published January 3rd 2011)
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A little disappointed in this latest book by one of my favourite M/M authors. I found the plot unbelievable to the point where I was feeling annoyed while I was reading. In particular the ending was a real anticlimax. Couldn't engage with the characters, none of them were very appealing. The romance was close to being good but just didn't quite make it. I'm not a fan of dreamed or imagined sex scenes when the H/h are apart and this story had a few. On the plus side I love contemporary MM romance ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-gay, romance
It's possible to find something sad but cute?

Yes... It's possible... This book is a good example.

Dylan is a mafia protégée. He is the lover of one of the most violent and important boss... But he is "ignorant", living a parallel live, where no one is killed or tortured... He has a good live, doing nothing... But obviously at the age of 36 he is starting to question for how long his lover will keep him.

Willian is against his wish a member of a gang. His future is a big question mark, and being


Whenever I read a book by Z.A Maxfield, I am just so crazy happy, her characters always appeal to me and by the middle of the book, I am so in love I don’t know what to do with myself. This book was no exception, her characters always unique and never perfect. They appeal to my better nature (which is I love hot guys together), I see them so clearly in my head I start to believe that I am reading an autobiography about their lives. They honour me with sharing about their lives
Jan 18, 2011 Simsala rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, suspense-crime
I`ve read paranormals that were more believable than Pharaoh`s Concubine.I didn`t like any of the characters.They were so good and noble that it was annoying.Even the villain had a halo... ...more
Jan 14, 2011 Lauraadriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK...I really like ZA Maxfield and have not been disappointed with her books so far.

This is Dylan's and William's story. Dylan is the lover of a powerful Russian mobster (Yves) in Las Vegas, one day getting out of a the spa he's kidnapped by a group of gang bangers, he is beaten and taken hostage. One of the kidnappers, William (Memo) is not on board with the whole thing and seems uneasy about the situation.

Within minutes of the kidnapping Yves' men catch up with the kidnappers an
Lilia Ford
I just reread this and upped my rating to a five. It's one of those books that grows on you, unfolding beauties and insights, much like the hero Dylan, a man whose physical beauty turns out to camouflage his inner beauty. On the first page he comes off (and even thinks of himself) as a spoiled plaything, a man with a weekly appointment at a high-end spa. But Dylan is emphatically more than he seems and the botched kidnapping ends up becoming one of those catalytic events, irrevocably changing th ...more
Kaje Harper
May 04, 2013 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This was a bit of a departure from most of Z.A. Maxfield's books - less funny, less sweet, more unexpected and more morally ambiguous. The main characters were both flawed, and each had a past which included some poor decisions and willingness to look the other way. Dylan was the kept man of a mob boss, who survived a failed kidnap attempt. Dylan then saved William, the young man embroiled in the scheme, from paying for his involvement with his life. Rescuing William forces them both to flee fro ...more
This just was not doing it for me. Dylan's decision to "save" Memo didn't quite make sense, especially when it means a total overhaul of his own cushy life. I could understand it if Dylan were unhappy with Mosko or was being ill-treated but for the first quarter of the book, there is no sign than Dylan even wanted to escape. On the contrary, he valued his comfortable, secure life being the mob boss' kept man; he enjoyed the life of luxury and the red carpet treatment wherever he went.

Perhaps I w
Jan 25, 2011 CAS rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5-4-8x5
A Mob Boss, an ex-Mormon and a reluctant Gang Banger. A kidnapping, the catalyst that changes the course of each and every one of their lives in ways none of them ever expected. Each of these characters is multi-layered and it is in peeling these layers back we find the common ground and understand the motivation behind each of their actions and the path they each end up choosing when the proverbial shit hits the fan.

Each of these men feels their own brand of alienation and loneliness as a resul
Tamarrion Lash
Jan 19, 2011 Tamarrion Lash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
Отличное чтение на полдня. Персонажи, конечно, даже для любовного романа сильно сказочные, особенно украинский мафиози из Лас-Вегаса - такой весь из себя зловещщщий и благородный. Но написано как всегда у автора прекрасно, главные герои прелестные наивные идиоты, концовка очень-очень счастливая. Ну и отдельное большое спасибо автору, что не стала вставлять в текст перекореженные русские/украинские слова, несмотря на национальность одного из персонажей.
Mar 18, 2013 leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, owned-bn
Very good angsty romance about two men, trapped in unsatisfying and dangerous lives, finding the strength to change themselves and their situations.

Dylan is the aging kept boy of a Russian mobster, by whom he is pampered and indulged. Yves offers everything Dylan could want in a lover--except his time and attention, most of which is appropriated by his wife and children.

William, the youngest of a tough gangster family, hoped to escape the life by going to college, but was forced back into servi
Jan 25, 2011 Lavern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I loved this one! Dylan and William were interesting characters and I could completely picture them in my head. Of course the cover art didn't hurt either. I could see how someone could think Dylan shallow -- but to me when push came to shove he stuck to his belief in what was right. William as the gang member was a little harder to reconcile - he comes off as a more scared, whiny kid while with his "gang" yet with Dylan he is a self assured confident alpha male. So certainly the characters had ...more
Michelle B
May 08, 2011 Michelle B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this a four because IMHO, although the story was well-written, the plot engaging, and the characters expertly drawn (not to mention my ongoing fascination with LDS and St.George environs)...hated the ending. Still--it was worth a second read, because I loved the overall story.

In fact, author always promises an HEA, which I DO want, but this was very contrived and skirted too close to the edge of fantasy for me. On one hand, I could believe that Yves' love led to his act of redemption, bu
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Be prepared to be seduced by this dark story. Dylan Anderson, the boyfriend of the gang leader, is caught in a turf war between gangs. William Escobar is along for the ride with his brother, who is part of the gang that kidnaps Dylan. When the Dylan’s boyfriend, Yvgeny Mosko catches up with the gang that snatched him, they are all killed, save William.

The characters Ms. Maxfield has created are dark and multi-dimensional with secrets that surprised me. Dylan isn’t really who he says he is and I
Wendy Ann
This book wins the award for most gripping opening in a book I’ve read! Wow, my heart was racing and the adrenaline was flowing during the whole kidnapping sequence followed by the dramatic getaway. Loved it!

The character dynamics were very interesting in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed Dylan’s character and pretty much everything about him. William was harder to connect with and I’m not sure I ever totally felt strength in their relationship. I almost wish I could have seen a bit of Dylan’s i
Theodora IK
Feb 07, 2015 Theodora IK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I liked this story, but I wanted Peter to get his due. Feels like he got away too easily, and I'd like to see him receive his karmic justice.
Emma Sea
Dec 11, 2011 Emma Sea rated it really liked it
I really really loved this book, and I have one thing that I've been wondering about. (view spoiler) ...more
I liked this better than Drawn Together. I enjoy Z.A. Maxfield's voice and storytelling, mixing the mystery/action with the love story.

I love Dylan, he is such a sweetie who must somehow let his past mesh with his future to find balance. We see William as someone who can accept who Dylan is.

I really wanted to slap Peter up side the head several times, but I imagine that there are many men who are stuck in his position.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
I liked this more than I thought I would. It was pretty angsty, but not as much as I had anticipated.

Dylan Anderson lives a life in luxury as Las Vegas mob boss Yvgeny Mosko’s gay lover. He loves Mosko, but never being the man’s first choice tears on his heart. When Dylan is kidnapped he develops a sort of instant bond with one of his kidnappers; the reluctant participant, only 20-year-old William Escobar, who has been dragged into a life of crime by his father and older brother. When Dylan is
Whoa. I like almost anything Z.A. Maxfield writes, but this one blew me away, and though sometimes impressions fade with time, my thought is that this one will sit solidly in my top 5 m/m of all time.

I'm not surprised that so far, this book has had a wide range of responses -- I expect it will be deemed the worst of hers by some readers, the best by others (put me in the column of 'the best'). It is not a feel-good story, it is dark, a morally ambiguous story where the heroes are flawed, the pri
This book wavered between 3 and 3.75 stars for me, but I felt it was an enjoyable read overall.

The characters in this book really drew me for some reason. Dylan Anderson is a kept man who has an agreeable arrangement with mob boss Yvgeny Mosko. Mosko is gay, but in his occupation, that is the kiss of death. The fact that he has a family as well as Dylan on the side, is a demonstration of how much he is feared by his associates. When Dylan is captured by Mosko's rivals, Mosko will stop at nothing
Dean MacKinnon-Thomson
Sep 13, 2013 Dean MacKinnon-Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody, LGBT romance, M/M lovers
Recommended to Dean by: my own sheer genius
Shelves: m-m-romance

A very good LGBT romance fiction by Z.A Maxfield.

Hard hitting, often rather brutal as she confronts ingrained homophobia, and the damage it can reek on peoples lives. But also touches on romance, love and the impetus inside all decent people to seek out and do 'the right thing'.

Characterisation: effective, never boring. The main protagonists back stories are never rushed into, instead gently revealed to one another as one would expect between strangers feeling a powerful sexual desire toward
Barb ~rede-2-read~
May 24, 2013 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Katie
I thought this story was fantastic! It was totally not what I expected. I guess the Pharaoh in the title threw me off to the point where I thought this was some historical Middle East story. That couldn't be further from the dynamic, exciting, suspenseful, romantic, and heartbreaking story I just finished.

Ms. Maxfield tore out my heart, stomped on it, left it to just wither, and then completely restored my sanity and my love for her storytelling abilities when she put it back together again.

Apr 11, 2013 Sophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that the blurb doesn't really do it credit. If I had just gone with what I saw on the blurb, I might not have purchased the story, but I was curious enough to read a sampling. This book is so much more- more story, more beautifully drawn characters and definitely more plot. Now its got its exciting places in the plot, but it is much more character-driven.

Dylan is the kept man of Yves Moskov a Russsian mobster who runs Vegas. Dylan has been with Yves for many years and
Anita Bianchi
Aug 13, 2013 Anita Bianchi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Secondo romanzo di questa autrice che leggo. Mi sono piaciuti molto i due protagonisti, sopratutto Dylan; Dylan è un uomo di 36 anni che si è lasciato tutta la sua vita alle spalle quando ne aveva 23, messo di fronte alla scelta tra essere se stesso e rinnegare ciò che sente. E'un uomo forte, gentile e generoso che però ha poca stima di se stesso; è stato per anni accanto a Mosko, amandolo, pur pensando di non essere r
Jasha Gutierrez
And so I cry once again...
ZA Maxfield has demonstrated great skills in writing and tugging heartstrings of the reader. Her talent to create very realistic character with depth should not be left unspoken. I love our heroes, yes the three of them, and had come to care for them a lot. I am happy our heroes got their HEA but I also ache for Yves. Among the three of them, I really hoped they found their own love and hold on to that forever.
Jul 16, 2012 Ayanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Not a bad read. I have to admit that I did come into this thinking it would have something to do with Egypt, even after reading the blurb. Well, the first couple of pages disabused me of that notion.

It's a nice, light read if you're not looking for anything incredibly seriously deep or meaningful. It's nice in a mind-numbing kind of way, like a guilty pleasure read or something, I guess.

I do have to say, though, that my favorite character in all of this probably ended up being Yves, so I dunno
Jul 15, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not one of my favourite ZA Maxfield books, I am a huge fan and this book has left me undecided on how to rate it.

On one hand the plot was very original - by that I mean the obvious love by Dylans ex russian mobster lover. He was a beloved boy toy - no thats not right - he was much more then that. I think thats what I find so refreshing.

However one thing bugged me - it was a lack of connection between the two MCs. I dont think either of them could explain why they loved each other and tha
Jun 14, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pharaoh's Concubine is another great ZAM book. The plot is unique and laid out very well, but the ending is a little too predictable. Regardless, it didn't stop my enjoyment of the book. I loved the sexual tension between William and Dylan/Skip. It's played out well and has just enough of the plot's focus that it doesn't become too overpowering. The subordinate characters are interesting and fit well within the story. While there may be some question as to who the villain is in this story--t ...more
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