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Power Play: Awakening (English Edition) par [Haimowitz, Rachel, Grant, Cat]
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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 In the words of General Dwight Eisenhower - 23 juin 2012
Par AlexJouJou - Publié sur
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 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 A rating... 3 avril 2014
Par Smitten with Reading - Publié sur
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My Review:

What a powerful couple of books. You absolutely need to read Power Play: Resistance before reading this one. You can find my review right before this one on my blog. (hint: they are both REALLY, really excellent erotic reads if you can handle HEAVY bdsm.)

The relationship between Jonathan and Brandon is a six month arrangement. The first book covered the first month of that. This one covers the other five and really delves into why Brandon has so many issues with this relationship. Brandon grew up with an abusive father that he survived for many years. As a result, the sadistic aspects of his relationship with Jonathan does really, really bad things for his psyche. But Jonathan is a sadist. He needs to inflict that pain for him to get what he needs out of the relationship. The difficult thing for Brandon is to let go of the training he learned at his father's hand and slip into the subspace he needs to achieve for submission. He also has a REALLY high pain threshold too because of those years of beatings. It makes this relationship difficult for both of them.

But those things that brought them together are still there...and that isn't just the sex. They both have similar interests in the environment and construction. I loved the scenes in the book that took place at Big Sur, just because it showcased what Brandon has the ability to do as a professional. I loved the images of him working and building.

I also really liked the scene with Damon and Nicky just because both Brandon and Jonathan learn so much through that interaction.

These two books are hardcore, but I really enjoyed reading them. I got COMPLETELY caught up in Jonathan and Brandon's story. The books are incredibly hot, but the characters are so full and interesting, I think you will like them for so much more than just the erotic aspects.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fabulous 22 octobre 2016
Par Trish - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
What a fabulous collaboration between these two authors. I loved the first book, but struggled with it at times, because of flaws I perceived in Jonathon as a Dom and frustration with Bran's progress. But I've come to appreciate those things. The 'scenes' in both books are incredibly hot (and yes, often extreme...but that floats my boat)! I loved the journey Bran took from resistance to acceptance. It was hard and gut-wrenching, but endlessly satisfying. Thanks ladies.

I only wish there were more.

Maybe we could hear Devon's story? Pretty please??
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read 19 novembre 2013
Par Vanessa - Publié sur
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Power Play vol 1 and vol 2 tell the story of Brandon and Jonathan's romantic journey through a roller coaster ride of emotional trials and tribulations. The highs and lows of their relationship all revolve around extreme Bdsm practices with Jonathan being a sadist and Bran learning to get in touch with his submissive side. They do manage to find true love and a HEA in the end and that somehow makes their struggle to get there all the more poignant. I loved the story of Brandon and Jonathan and have read it many times over, it will stay as one of my favourites.
The book is very well written with such depth that you feel apart of the scenes. You can imagine yourself hearing the ocean, smelling the foods, touching the burning red welts, seeing everything because the writing puts you there. I recommend this book and vol 1 but be warned its not for the faint of heart.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Goooood! 13 juillet 2012
Par Danny - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
If you really like D/s and BDSM stories, both of the Power Play books will please you very much. They are well written and very hot. This one is one of the best I bought lately.
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