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Format: Format Kindle
As reviewed on Kinky Book Reviews
BDSM has two mantras, if you will, Safe, Sane and Consensual, and RACK (Risk Aware Consensual Kink). I will be honest and say that, for me, this book pushed both of those as far as possible, but luckily never broke them. Is that a good or bad thing? I'm still trying to decide. The story's premise, in my opinion, sounds awesome. An experienced Dom, a billionaire to boot, taking an inexperienced, unknown sub and showing him the options available to him.
While reading this book, I laughed, cried, bounced for joy, squirmed in excitement, panted with arousal, cringed in pain and fear, yelled at both characters, and even had to walk away several times, and I would do it all again. This book is not for the faint of heart. Jonathan doesn't lie when he says he's a sadist. There is pain. There is torture. There is even a couple of times where the safeword is used and dismissed as being invalid so the scene continued on, which is a major no-no for me. However, the book is realistic. Jonathan isn't one of those amazingly all knowing Dom's you see in a lot of erotic romance. He is realistic. He makes mistakes, but he tries very hard to do what is needed.
I did wish for a bit more of Jonathan's POV interspersed throughout the story. For a good part of the book, the glimpses into his emotions were the only things that kept me from washing my hands of it entirely. I fell in love with both of these characters from the very beginning of the book. But when things got rough, I had to keep reminding myself of why he was doing things and of his side of things, or hoping for one of the well timed switches to Jonathans POV, or I would have easily hated him. Often, I questioned whether or not, if he knew certain things that the reader knew, if it would make any difference or if he just wouldn't care. That's not a question I like having for a Dom I'm reading about. I loved Bran just as much as I loved Jonathan... even when he was being an ass, because I could understood WHY he was being an ass. I connected with him much easier than I did with Jonathan. Hmm, wonder why that is.. :)
With all of the things above, some of you are possibly asking why I rated this book a 4.5? I can only explain it this way. At one point, when I hit a hard spot for me to read and was ranting a bit, a friend asked why I was still reading the book if it upset me so much. The only response I could give was that I cared about the characters. I had to know what happened. Cat and Rachel wrote such wonderful characters that I fell in love with so early on that even when things got messy, I was still involved. Sometimes the good or bad of a book isn't in how happy and sweet the book makes you, but in how intensely it pulls your emotions, good or bad. This book sucked my emotions in and wouldn't let them go... and as I said above, I'd do it all again.
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- Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I finished this book a few days ago, but I can't seem to get it out of my head. Normally that's a good thing, because I enjoyed the book so much. But not in this case. The more I think about this book, the more upset I get. I'm not complaining about the intense level of BDSM in this book, because I think the book description and reviews do a good job warning people that this isn't for the faint of heart.
However, to me the dom, Johnathon, crosses a line from acceptable BDSM behavior over to torturer and rape. The more I think it over, the more upset I become. (SPOILER ALERT) It would be one thing if by the end of the book, the sub, Bran, realizes what a horrible person Johnathon is and leaves him. But that's not what happens. Bran does leave, but then goes back and actually asks for forgiveness. Bran has nothing to ask forgiveness for. Yes he was quite rude during a conversation he had with Johnathon (the only actual conversation he was allowed to have the whole month he was there). But Johnathon told him he could speak freely without fear of reprisal, so he did.
What followed was several days of torture that finally forced Bran to give up and break their contract. Johnathon deliberately caused too much pain and suffering in order to force Bran to leave. To me that violates at least the spirit of the contract. And the thing is Johnathon NEVER apologizes for it. Bran is constantly groveling and begging for forgiveness for every little thing. When Johnathon screwed up to a monumental level, the very least he owes Bran is a heartfelt apology.
I also don't understand the motivation for why Bran got himself into this situation. I could understand if he had a sick child or something and needed money for surgery. I think we would all do things we wouldn't normally do to save our children's lives (including resort to prostitution, which is what this arrangement is. Both characters may say it's not, but the fact is, it's sex [and submission] for money.) Bran, even when he was homeless, refused to resort to prostitution. So what's changed? I know he wants to buy this business, go back to school and have financial freedom. We all want some of these things. But the torture he was willing to endure to get it, I just don't see that as realistic. It's made very clear that Bran does not enjoy pain. So the whole arrangement is truly agonizing for him.
The thing is, if he didn't live in one of the most expensive cities in the country, he could easily be saving a couple grand a year to buy his own business. There are construction jobs in just about every city in America. With the exception of New York, every city in America is also cheaper to live in. If he'd just lived somewhere else for the past ten years, he'd already have a down payment put together, and be a lot more likely to qualify for a business loan to buy or start his own business.
I wanted to like this book. I went in expecting to enjoy it. I can tolerate a lot of imperfections from the main characters. I can also tolerate a lot of painful scenes that I myself might not actually enjoy. But I was so angry that this book seemed to be saying that the dom's behavior is acceptable, when it's clearly not. Things do get better in the second book (I was so upset after the first book, I had to see how things were resolved). They both start communicating more, something they seem to have completely forgotten exists in this book.
But, in my opinion, all the communication in the world can't make up for the horrible way Johnathon treated Bran in this first book. And it's not just the torture. Johnathon is an experienced dom. He should know better than to take a total newbie to the lifestyle and expect him to just adapt the day the contract starts. That's ridiculous. He should have either better prepared him for it ahead of time, or given him a period of time to adjust. Bran didn't know any better to state what his limits were ahead of time, because he didn't have any concept of what he was getting into. I think Johnathon really took advantage of Bran. Johnathon got mad when Bran didn't get all the rules right immediately. Johnathon was ready to give up after a couple of weeks. Bran wanted to keep going, and when Bran wouldn't agree with him about ending the contract early, Johnathon behaved like the spoiled child he accused Bran of acting like, and forced Bran to leave through too much pain and torture. The whole thing was just wrong on many levels.
I don't normally take the time to sit down and right a review much less a bad review, but I really felt like something needed to be said about this book.