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Power Play: Resistance (English Edition) par [Haimowitz, Rachel, Grant, Cat]
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Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted—and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This title is the first of a two-part story. We encourage readers to continue Bran and Jonathan's journey in Power Play: Awakening.

Word count: 91,500; page count: 267

Biographie de l'auteur

Rachel is an M/M erotic romance author, a freelance writer and editor, and the Managing Editor of Riptide Publishing. She's also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters. When she's not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn. You can find Rachel at www.rachelhaimowitz.com and tweeting as @rachelhaimowitz. EPIC Award-winning author Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. When she's not writing, she sings along (badly!) to whatever's on her iPod shuffle, watches lots of movies, and fantasizes about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender. Where to find Cat: Website: http://www.catgrant.com Blog: http://catgrant.blogspot.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cat.grant Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CatGrant2009 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1912055.Cat_Grant

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 260 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1937551334
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  • Editeur : Riptide Publishing (6 avril 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Intense & Not For the Weak of Heart 9 avril 2012
Par J. Faltys - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
This was an incredibly intense read both mentally and physically and I'm literally exhausted after reading it. As a reader of a few books based in the world of BDSM I thought I knew what to expect, but this book completely caught me off guard. The scenes were of a level I never read before and won't be something I soon forget. And with this being the first book in the Power Play series this experience isn't over yet.

Jonathon and Brandon's relationships starts off innocently enough with a drink at a bar where Brandon clearly seems to be the one in control, but things soon change completely and Brandon's forced into a subservient role to Jonathon to get what he needs to take over the company he works for. Their time together doesn't go as either planned due to neither of them being truly honest with each other and it's only at the end of the story where there's finally hope for the two of them to have a mutually satisfying relationship with each other.

Even after reading this story I still don't understand the desire of participating in a BDSM lifestyle, especially for someone like Brandon who was mentally and physically abused by his father. To put himself in a similar situation will either end up being a mistake or being very therapeutic for him. Jonathon too was a conundrum that I don't have any better understanding of from when I first started reading. He seemed caring one moment then cold the next and I'm hoping that the next installment will dig deeper into his psyche now that these two have come to a better understanding.

This is definitely not a book for the weak of heart. Having an open mind is a necessity to immerse yourself in the world presented here, an intensely emotional world nicely balanced with the physical aspects. It's an intriguing and thought provoking story that has me wanting to come back for more and hopefully gain more insight into this lifestyle.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazingly intense read 18 avril 2012
Par Riane Holt - Publié sur Amazon.com
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.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 This book still makes me mad 3 mars 2014
Par Brook - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 this is a difficult one... spoilers ahead 10 mai 2012
Par amf0001 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Spoilers in this review

I read this from beginning to end, so that's an automatic 3 stars from me, but I was really angry with Jonathan the entire time. I thought he was a really bad dom, and he took a difficult situation and made it much much worse. It was disingenuous in the extreme to say that Brandon was willing, and not factor in the money. That Jonathan set up the relationship with such weird parameters shows how he has intimacy issues. He never looked to what bothered Bran, he just wanted him to bend to his own needs, no consideration of the subs needs. I feel myself rambling but I was so enraged about that. He actually felt sorry for himself and he was using a stun gun on that poor man!! He was awful to Brandon and no experienced sub would have put up with it. I didn't like him and though he had a flash of insight at the end, it wasn't enough to satisfy me. So while I was engaged the entire time I read, it was mainly to shout at Jonathan (in the same way one shouts at the TV...) about all the terrible choices he was making.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Jesus Christ, label your dubcon/rapemance! 24 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
None of Ms. Haimowitz's other books have had sex scenes with coercive or uninformed consent. For example, most of the character development in her book "Counterpoint" was the main characters learning about each other and gaining each other's trust so that they COULD fall in love and have consensual sex.

This is a terrible representation of BDSM and D/s relationships, almost as bad as Fifty Shades of Grey in that regard. There are a disturbing number of similarities, not because of plagiarism, but because this author seems to believe many popular misconceptions of BDSM. The trappings and mechanics are there: floggers, spankings, hard and soft limits, but the emotional relationship between the Dom and sub is completely missing. Bran, who has never done anything kinky before in his life, meets Jonathan, a young multimillionare business tycoon who pegs him for a "natural submissive" (in the mold of Ana "shut up, Christian and the author know you secretly want this" Steele). Jonathan immediately orders a disgustingly invasive and detailed investigation into Bran's history--which includes being raped by his father as a child, because 1)all subs use BDSM in lieu of therapy to deal with their traumatic past sexual abuse 2)all bottoms have daddy issues, and 3)all gay people were sexually abused by men as children. Jonathan insists that Bran sign a contract, but doesn't tell him what specific acts Jon will expect of Bran, even though Jonathan uses it as carte blanche to ignore Bran's protests and TELLS BRAN THAT AS HIS DOM HE CAN IGNORE SAFEWORDS WHENEVER HE WANTS.

Bran: *enters Jonathan's palatial townhouse* Um . . . I'm here. Even though I literally call myself a "whore" for agreeing to be your sub and am completely out of my depth and nervous and I didn't even Google "bondage" before agreeing to this--
Jonathan: Hi. Stip and put on these shackles.
Bran: Uh-
Jonathan: *slap* I have now started to keep track of every single time you seem nervous and hesitate or try to ask questions, and am going to hit you once for every time you don't meet my impossible standards.
Bran: I don't want you to do that. Also, your sales pitch made this D/s stuff sound like trust falls and therapy, but with more orgasms and maybe the occasional handcuff. You never said anything about actual pain or enemas or your controlling every aspect of my life, from forcing me to quit my job to cutting my hair and insisting I eat out of your hand like I'm an animal in a petting zoo-
Jonathan: Stop kinkshaming me! This relationship won't work if you don't mindlessly follow my every command, even when you have PTSD flashbacks to your father beating you as a child! HELP HELP I'M BEING REPRESSED!

If you want to read dubcon rape fantasies, that's fine. If Rachel Haimowitz wants to WRITE dubcon rape fantasies, that's fine. But don't try to put a pretty bow on it and say "You don't understand, this isn't rape, it's just how Doms and subs have sex!" Because I know Doms, I know subs, and I know smut writers who can write good, satisfying BDSM erotica and romance. Haimowitz and her characters are none of the above.
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