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Power Play: Awakening (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Rachel Haimowitz , Cat Grant

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Brandon McKinney is a man reborn. Newly awakened to the notion of consensual power exchange and the submissive urges inside him, he begs for a second chance from the man who opened his eyes to this world: Silicon Valley superstar Jonathan Watkins. But no birth is absent pain, and Brandon’s is no exception. He fears he’s not strong enough to see it through.

Jonathan knows better. He’s seen the iron core inside his new submissive, and the wounded heart inside him too. He means to teach Brandon to heal the one with the other. They have five months left on their contract, after all, and Jonathan has done more with less before.

It’s tough to stay objective, though, when you’re falling in love. Shame Brandon doesn’t feel the same. He’s only there for the three-million-dollar payout at contract’s end — a fact that Jonathan, nursing his own wounded heart, reminds himself of each day. For even as Brandon’s barriers break and his mind expands, even as he grows to love his place at Jonathan’s feet, he’ll never love life with a sadist — especially one who cannot escape the public eye.

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  • Editeur : Riptide Publishing (9 juin 2012)
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Amazon.com: 4.7 étoiles sur 5  21 commentaires
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense journey for both men 11 juin 2012
Par K. Branfield - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Power Play: Awakening by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant is an intense read but it is not as physically and emotionally exhausting as the first book in the series, Power Play: Resistance. It is, as the title implies, a journey of self-awareness for Jonathan and Brandon as individuals and as a couple.

The tone of Power Play: Awakening is different from the very beginning. There is more give and take as Jonathan finally takes the time to get to know Brandon. He is much more patient and understanding, and he is a bit more forgiving of Brandon's errors. Having said that, he is still, at the core, the same selfish sadist we saw in Power Play: Resistance. He continues to delight in torturing Brandon, counting out demerits and wielding his whip in punishment of Brandon's infractions.

Brandon is initially the same man we met in Power Play: Awakening. While to all appearances he is more accepting of Jonathan's expectations, his inner dialogue reveals he is still not as entirely compliant as he seems. Brandon still questions how living according to Jonathan's rules are going to help him.

Without doubt, Brandon is emotionally crippled. His abusive past makes it impossible for him to connect with others. He cannot quell the inner voice that speaks to him using his father's derisive and mocking tone. He is the perfect candidate for exploitation. It is little wonder that he will eventually do anything for any type of affection or praise.

The BDSM aspect of Power Play: Awakening is not as vicious or dehumanizing as it was in Power Play: Resistance. There is one intensely sadistic scene that is squirm inducing (not in a good way for me). It becomes the pivotal turning point in Brandon and Jonathan's relationship. While I like where Brandon eventually ended up in terms of personal growth and self-awareness, I am not sure the ends justified the means.

Which brings me to the crux of Power Play: Awakening. Do Jonathan and Brandon have a genuine D/s relationship? The only thing I know for certain is Jonathan is a sadist not a Dom. Is Brandon a submissive? Or was he a victim of a sadistic, brutal man who isolated him and preyed on his insecurities and made him desperate for an emotional connection? Did Jonathan break Brandon? The answer to that question lies in whether or not you believe Brandon is a true submissive and their relationship is that of a D/s nature.

Without doubt, Power Play: Awakening is a powerful and compelling novel. Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant provide a fascinating and in-depth look into the world of BDSM and sadism. An incredible journey, Power Play: Awakening is a non-traditional romance that beautifully demonstrates there is no right or wrong way to love.

I received a complimentary copy to review.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 In the words of General Dwight Eisenhower - 23 juin 2012
Par AlexJouJou - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone."

I cannot say after the emotional wreck I was from reading the first in this series that I wasn't ready for a break. I liked this one. You get the same fabulous writing - at least through about 50% in or so. After that it feels a bit different. This is more regular BDSM themed and not so heavy with the torture/abuse like the first one was. I was still absorbed - just not quite so emotionally invested.

Warning: Spoilers likely!

I thought Jonathon calmed down and became more rational here. I didn't like him any better than the first one though I did hate him less. After the last book, to be fair, I'm not really sure what he could have done to gain my trust. I know I saw glimmers, glimpses of what Jonathon could be here - but I couldn't get those things to fully materialize in my mind such that I truly believed them.

I didn't see true evolution of him at the level I expected- though at least he seems to get what he's done to Bran intellectually and what the impact of that is going to be. I never felt remorse from him - only the resignation that his actions have caused him to be inconvenienced by the conflict. In this one he talked and explained more - but it was sort of too little too late for me. He did not lash out in anger which is a good thing.

I was also happy he accepted Devon's advice to get away. Unfortunately that meant it still had a Stockholm Syndrome feel due to isolation and control. Even being in Bran's head more didn't help me to conquer this feeling.

Jonathon is still too much all about Jonathon. He does whatever he wants when he wants too bascially. He seems selfish and that may be what I react too - and why I don't really believe him capable of the level of love or even true caring Brandon deserves.

Mostly it seemed like he did things for Bran only because it was the only way to not drive him completely away with the pain. I never felt he wanted to do it out of anything like respect or basic care to another human being - let alone love. That's what I needed for this to hit 5 stars - just to think that Jonathon truly regreted his acts, that he thought of Brandon as much as himself (seemed every good thing for Brandon was only a good thing if it had a directly proportionate positive impact for Jonathon). I wish he had expressed more (or we'd of viewed it more) the carrot pieces of the pie. It does start to evolve mid way through but it was too slow for me. As much as he wanted Brandon to give him everything I don't really see what he was willing to give up?

He does get kudos for not reacting so much out of anger, actually living up to his word on the limit, cooking, and for coming through with the contract payment. I did like that he was able to be sort of flexible with the shopping. Given Brandon's past I was very happy with how Jonathon dealt with it. One of the few times I actually thought good of him. However it got kind of ruined by the set-a-sub-up-for-failure which is pretty close to a deal breaker for me. It destroys trust which is a hallmark.

Brandon was also just o.k. here. I didn't really hook-line-and sinker the whole transformation. I expected the peace to come naturally if it was supposed to be what he needed, wanted -- but nearly everytime he had to overcome a natural reaction that seemed more authentic and honest.Instead of him actually changing it had the feel of him freaking out, figuring out what he should be feeling, and then changing his reaction/action to fit that. Pavlov's dog more than true discovery. Seems like it would be exhausting. Instead of truly believing he had to translate into action - which was nearly always motivated by one thing: Fear of Jonathon. I wanted him to just believe. He really didn't.

I couldn't shake the feeling that I was supposed to be thinking Bran was gaining everything when I just couldn't see what in the world he was gaining for what he was not only subjecting himself to but what the cost of that subjection was. It was high - as high as I've ever seen in a relationship. Here's the rub: Submission is not the only way to calm voices, center yourself, become more confident, or heal past abuse. Yet Jonathon basically beats this idea into Bran - without offering any other options to achieve the goal. At this point I'd normally say he should just get a dog but honestly I'd never subject the dog to him.

Nicky and Devon being included actually made the contrast between the relationships so profound. Much as I liked seeing them I'm not sure it was helpful at all. It just emphasized how different it could be if the pain was matched up...how good.

Because I still have major issues with the pain level. I don't think they are well matched at all in this - and I don't see it surviving. I guess I have a fundamental failing to understand why Jonathon would want (other than ego that is which he has plenty of) to go to the lengths he did to secure Bran as a sub. The only thing that was really there was a bright new shiny toy. The breaking of a man and the ego of the breaker. It's the spoiled boy - "Here he is the one who will not bore me." He utterly failed to convince me anything of what he did, other than the money, was of some benefit to Bran. Hell he didn't even convince himself. He comes to the right conclusion but then is too much of a coward to actually take the action he should: Bran is not the right submissive for him and he is not the right Dom for Bran (we'll leave off whether I think these labels are appropriate).

It is important for me to note it is NOT about the pain itself - I'm a masochist and I love pain. I guess I prefer in consensual stories that pain levels match up better. I mean it's one thing to give a 6 cane stroke punishment...quite another to beat someone with a vicious rubber flogger. I make a distinction in what I like to read -- and I don't like punishment much which definitely affected me in these two books. It is all about beating and punishment. There is almost no correction or discipline used that is not about pain. Given the huge voluminous ways you can discipline or correct someone I didn't understand why it always was about the pain. The only reason to me was that Jonathon was only willing to offer the one way of correction. Sorry. That's a fail. I like balance. I don't feel like there was any achievement of that here.

I get that a sadist likes to see someone in pain. Hell I'm a masochist who LIKES pain.

Yet I think that gets tempered by love (should it exist) into some sort of compromise if the match isn't there- even if not all the time a nice percentage. Perhaps it is just too difficult a concept for me to understand the mindset that needing to be pleased and needing to see and be offered suffering in noncon or reluctant ways over rides the love for another. Platitudes notwithstanding - no amount of good boy's could shake this feeling for me.

In the end I didn't believe Brandon truly a submissive. That's the fundamental premise. All the amazing writing (and it is) and phenomenal editing (truly top notch) didn't convince me of that. I took one star off. That's all though. It is JUST THAT GOOD of a book to still get a 4 star rating.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention 12 décembre 2013
Par Elisa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I think I appreciated most was that I knew it was BDSM, but it wasn't humiliating to the characters or very graphic. I didn't read the first book, but I didn't feel as if I couldn't follow the story (although I will buy the first book soon). Brandon, having returned to Jonathan's tutelage, is working through why he both craves/hates what Jonathan does to him. It was a story of how these 2 men could give each other what each needed, and how they could fall in love. These authors conveyed the different rooms and moods that characters (Brandon especially) were in quite well. How the characters behavior changed with the different settings and scenarios they were in. Although Jonathan was described as a hardcore sadist, he wasn't about humiliating Brandon or putting him in situations he REALLY couldn't handle. There was a good sense of how much Jonathan loved Brandon throughout this book. Brandon had a lot of ""stuff"" that he was working through and having his inner monologue helped me understand him. For most of the book, both characters were unsure of each other. For all that they understood communication was where they lacked, I think it was something both had major issues with. They did change that and watching them come to really trust each other was nice. It's also interesting to see how Brandon becomes so immersed in his life with Jonathan, that putting him in ""normal"" circumstances makes him tense (ie, wearing clothes, feeding himself, etc.) I really enjoyed this book. I'm not very familiar with this authors individually, but I thought the book flowed well and wasn't discordant. I enjoyed the book a lot. I am glad that it wasn't very graphic, and the authors's didn't choose to have the characters humiliated for shock value. That their journey was loving and what each needed.

Better plot development than the first book. Again, I was disappointed not to get inside of Jonathan’s head to understand his need to inflict pain. Brandon is a better flesh-out character than Jonathan from this perspective, leaving the book feeling a little imbalanced to me. That said, I really enjoyed both of these books from start to finish. The “pain” scene toward the end when Brandon willingly submits to Jonathan was one of the hottest BDSM scenes I’ve read to date.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 To the world he's a jerk. 5 juillet 2012
Par Maryam Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
I've read reviews (a few here and more on other sites) of this book and its mate, Power Play: Resistance, that focus so much on the pain Jonathan inflicts on Bran and the amount of control he demands from his sub that the textures of the story seem to be lost. Due to this reaction I have to ask that anyone wanting to read this series make themselves aware of what sexual sadism is and what it means to be a submissive, a real submissive who gives themselves over to their dominant. If you find that it crosses lines you aren't able to handle, you will not like this book.

If you're ready to take a step over that line, though, this is for you. It deals with mistakes made, with desires not readily shared, with exploration of the self through means outside of convention and provides gratification on all fronts. There's sex, pain, romance, angst, and humor, written with care and wit and by someone who's been there. Uniquely, it doesn't try to smooth over what drives the sadist or make him less of one simply to help along the romance. It doesn't turn the submissive into a meek, weak-minded fool, either. Things aren't perfect at the end but that's okay. Together they have a shot at being complete within each other and it's more than either man ever asked for...and I think that makes a specatularly happy ending.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must read if you read Resistance. 12 juillet 2012
Par D - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Well this one was much easier to read. I don't know if that's because the first one was way too much that this seemed tame by comparison, or if everything just kind of became normal and not much of a shock to me anymore. A little of both I think. The writing is excellent in both of these books. I loved that the communication and relationship developing was better between Bran and Jonathan. I think that was part of my problem with the first book. I didn't understand why someone would put up with that much brutality (that didn't seem to want it in the first place) without some kind of connection because Bran didn't seem the type to do it just for the money. Definitely recommend these ______ books. I'm not sure of the right word. Intriguing? Interesting? Fascinating? Horrifying? Sexy? I guess it's different for everyone.
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