“You get through life trying to be invisible. You think no one’ll notice you don’ read or write too well if you just hide in th’ background. Disappear. You think if they don’ notice you, they won’t ever know. Well guess what?” He slid his hand up to my neck and ran his thumb over my jaw. I couldn’t breathe. “I see you, Clinton Davis. I see you.”
He couldn’t imagine being with anyone else, or even with just Boris or just Thomas. He needed both of them. They interconnected like the pieces of a puzzle—a wonderful puzzle with a complicated picture full of books and exotic foods and paintings and beautiful naked men… and lots and lots of naughty bits.
At the end of the year, when I reflect on what books have been the best of the best, it will be those books that I still remember scenes, remember characters, and while I may not be able to remember every detail it will be those books that are different enough and touching enough that they have grabbed hold and not let go.
I am pretty certain that “The Rules” we will one of those books. What I love about this is that it is not your typical romance and these are certainly not your typical men. There is absolutely no character I have ever read about like Boris. He is undoubtedly one of a kind.
And like all MMM romances, this is not a relationship that can be easily written. And for me there are not many that work really really well. This one, for me, did. And I think a lot of that not only had to do with Boris but in the complete and total honest and quite blunt actions these men take. And the fact that jealousy DOES come into play was realistic to say the least.
There are some MMM books where one of the men makes statements like, “Why would I be jealous? I mean, I know he loves me.” Do you really?? I say horseshit, honestly. If you do not experience jealousy in regards to your loved one then for me it comes across more that you just don’t really care. Caring is an emotion, jealousy is an emotion, claiming someone as yours and wanting no one else to touch what is yours is an emotion. And what I love about this story is their methods and conversations to deal with these emotions in a positive way. There is TRUST that is built between them. There are boundaries and rules and ways of touching one another that is done in such a way that it forges this bond between them that is built quite beautifully together as three.
There is not much I want to really say about them for fear of saying too much and spoiling this quite humorous, touching and rather emotional journey.
After months of teasing, postings about her discussions with Kane, and images of these two characters, we finally got an early release for this third installment in the Awakening Series. While this can be read as a standalone, the characters from the other books make appearances. The other two books were good. I loved Michael, probably the best, as a character, but Jackson was a perfect match for dear Zach. And while both books were entertaining, neither held the grit that this one did for me. Part of it may be that I immediately fell hard for both characters. From their initial meeting, they were undeniably explosive together.
Kane was perfectly portrayed as an abused man with so many emotional walls. After a quite abusive relationship in his teen years, he shut himself completely off from any type of emotional connection with anyone and it is not until Ryker that the walls start to shatter. Ryker is just the perfect pairing for being able to see through the bullshit and see into the truth that is in Kane’s heart.
I’d built a wall around my heart and locked it inside an impenetrable barrier, but he seemed to have the damn key.
Ryker…absolutely perfect image.
There are some rough scenes between these two. Some harsh words and difficult situations and there are moments when you want to smack Kane upside the head and make him see reason. But there are the tender aww moments too that make you see inside of Kane and see exactly what Ryker sees. #singlerose
And while there is the infamous drama around 85%...it worked for me. There were issues and doubts from both parties and again trust is something that does not come easily for some and with Ryker’s history it was something that needed to be addressed.
Overall, this was just so well-crafted and told in such a beautiful way. They grew as a couple and formed such a strong relationship knowing and loving the bad with the good. It worked.
“Because dammit, Kane, you’re all I want. You are everything in a man that infuriates the hell out of me, but I keep coming back for more. Even though you’re stubborn and have asshole tendencies… even though you’re unfiltered and arrogant… I see you. The real you.” He smiled before pressing our heads together. “I’m aware of how stupid that sounds, but it’s true. There are moments when you look at me where I see your kind heart and your passion. Sometimes there’s a light in your eyes after I kiss you, one that you then hide.”
I couldn’t speak, so I stayed quiet and just let him do the talking.
“And the way I feel around you is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before,” he continued, pulling back and looking into my eyes. “I can’t get you out of my head, and I’m tired of fighting it. You might be an asshole… but I want you to be my asshole.”
And an asshole you can’t help but love to pieces.
Ryker smiled. “You ramble a lot when you’re nervous.”
“I’m not nervous.” I looked into his blue eyes and felt my heart twinge. He was too damn handsome. “Okay, maybe I am a little. Throwing you on the bed and fucking you senseless is easy, but taking you out to dinner makes my palms all sweaty.”
I adored the relationships they held with their families as well. And while unconventional, everything seemed so genuine and real. As for Devon…I wanted to kick his ass but I also kinda want his “Awakening” as well. LOL He has a story to tell for sure.
And as a sidenote, I loved the addition of the relationship with Nemesis. Such a beautiful way to show the love and understanding Kane has in his heart and a sort of recognition of the life he has had. He is to Nem as Ryker is to him. Heartwarming to say the least.
A face devoid of any emotion because the one I took the journey with no longer lived and walked beside me with the darkest secret a soul could house.
That was what hell looked like. I knew because I’d been there before, only to emerge from it more broken than I’d been going in, and alone. I couldn’t forget that. The first and only other time it had happened, I had emerged from the most corrupt part of my being—alone.
Gaaaaaahhhh. I fucking love this book!!!