"I love you, Phil, Sir, all of the yous."
Phil chuckled against the side of his neck then inhaled as if taking some of Terry inside of him. "I love all of the yous too."
Trigger warning: the title refers to a consensual rape scene between a master and his sub!
Well, wasn't this a nice little find. Of course, the premise was more than a little silly: three years ago, Phil abruptly left Terry because of a job. He basically dumped him without a proper explanation or good-bye. Now, Phil is back and tries to rekindle things with Terry. They agree to go out for lunch, where Phil confesses to Terry that during his absence he discovered that he's a Dom and into the BDSM lifestyle. And while Terry had never wasted much thought on BDSM at all, he immediately jumps head first into the role of Phil's sub only a few hours later. Um, sure. Ok. Whatevs.
But once I accepted that premise (or better: once I've put on my pink glasses) and decided to just roll with the story, it turned out to be actually really good.
The writing was more than just a little decent, it was actually surprisingly good and fresh. That and the author did a really nice job explaining the BDSM 101 basics.
The final chapter, which culminates in the title's role play scene, was really well explained and executed. While Terry's dark rape fantasy didn't bother me (probably because I saw how much effort Phil has put into it to make it satisfying for both Terry AND himself), it might still be a little too much for some readers, maybe even upsetting. So mind my trigger warning!
I recommend this book to people who never read a BDSM story before and want to dip their toes into this genre. You'll be rewarded with two flawed, but likable MCs, a respectful D/s relationship, and a second chance story with a lot of love. Oh, and did I mention that it was also HAWT?
"You can't just... have sex with patients!"
"I can." Groves slid to his feet like a panther and circled Adam's desk. "And I'm going to have sex with you, Adam."
Yep, I'm giving a PWP four and half stars. Not because the writing or the plot (*snorts*) were such a revelation, but for what this was, - and let's say it together: "FILTHY PORN!" - it was perfectly fine.
Scarlet Cox managed to squeeze so much kink into only 26 pages that it was a true pleasure to read:
And one my favorite tropes: THE AGE-GAP, with one of the MCs being in his early 30s whereas his boss (!!!) was a 57-year-old. *insert record scratch*
Another point: this was shockingly good writing for a PWP:
"He was so used to being in a position of authority that having someone strip him of his dignity and reduce him to a fuck toy was astoundingly, shamefully hedonistic."
Also kudos for the use of "fuck stick" as a euphemism for cock. Never heard that one before and I immediately fell in love with it.
So yeah, I was in fap heaven. FAP, I SAY.
This was honestly entertaining as fuck, so pulpy and fun.
And HAWT. You can only read this book while sitting alone and listening to Prince.
"Riley stared at him. "How do you just say that stuff?"
"What do you mean? How do I just say shit without thinking about it? I dunno. I just do. It's not that hard. Just try it sometime."
"Okay," Riley said, and then he said, "I love you."
Ok, this was much, MUCH better than the silly first book in this series. Thank fuck.
But I don't know, even though I really liked Riley and Ethan, their romance left me cold and unsatisfied. This author writes the most boring relationships for me; there never is any real conflict that needs to be resolved or anything. Both of these guys never had sex with a guy before and yet they jumped into bed and into a relationship without so much as batting an eyelash. Sexual openness to the max! I'm not complaining though, but not having any doubts, insecurity or confusion AT ALL makes for a boring read. But still
And as much as I liked the characters, they once again read more like 17-year-olds than guys in their twenties. Or do hockey players in general just behave like immature neanderthals who do nothing but playing hockey and video games, eating pizza and coke and only like sex and fighting?
All in all, this was just an OK read for me that needed a little more "Umph!" to be memorable.