To Seek and To Find

2.5 Stars

Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Kyle is a Sub looking for a long term Dom. He has his sights set on a Dom that is new to the club. Taking the initiative, Kyle creates Project: Notice Me where he sets up scenes with other Doms in hopes of catching Aiden’s attention. He does. They decide on a trial period before a full commitment, contact, and eventual collar come into play.

The positives:

~I really liked the premise of a Sub getting creative to catch a Dom’s attention. Project: Notice Me had me requesting this story and looking forward to how it would play out.

~The characters. I liked the potential they had for a “relationship” together. Kyle was desperately wanting to find the one– a long term Dom and partner to share his life with in and out of scenes.

What didn’t work for me:

~The writing style. *smh* The third person/present tense made me want to bang my head at times. It took a good long while to get in a groove and get past it. Another thing that drove me crazy was the pronoun/proper noun usage. Sometimes they were used well and others, I was BEGGING for an editor.

Example:

”Kyle stares up at Richard and lets him see the flush in Kyle’s cheeks”

WHYYYYyyyYYyyy? Kyle, Kyle, Kyle!!!  NO MORE KYLE!!!! *deep breath*

~Minutiae: The fat needs to be cut from this story. A lot of unnecessary information was included that didn’t serve a purpose. Instead of character development, I read a lot about folding clothes, washing dishes, how many pieces of tomatoes or avocados were cut and saved for later, folding his clothes again, etc…

~If I pretend that this isn’t a romance, how everything played out would make more sense: IMO this doesn’t read like a romance. It reads like a Sub wanting to find a Dom. 99% of their “relationship” took place in scenes. I know their kink preferences, how they role play, the aftercare steps, and their expectations for D/s. What I don’t know is much about them. With barely any backstory or personal information beyond sex, I wasn’t able to connect with either character. Kyle’s relationship with Aiden wasn’t any different than the ones he had with other Doms he did demonstrations with. There was heat and chemistry in the scenes but nothing substantial that made me think they would go beyond the D/s scenes that he wanted. It read like clinical negotiations which is what it was with the HFN.

Warning: This next isn’t a positive or negative. Kyle is bisexual and although this is shelved as a M/M romance, there are *explicit* M/F scenes with Kyle and a female Domme. Kyle being a switch Sub worked in the context of the story but I thought it was worth noting for those that are interested in a switch or those that want only M/M.

If you can get past the writing style, the content reads like BDSM 101. It’s very explanatory and could be an ok starting point for those that wanna dip their toe into the D/s kink pool. I liked the premise but the execution was a little lacking.

Copy provided by publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.

 

Broken Sun

4 Stars

I think I came close to overdosing on antacids while reading this book. The angssssssst, Holy Hell. I’ll go ahead and warn you now that there is also angst by separation. I’m not a fan of separation periods in books that I read because if they didn’t stay in relational mourning long enough you get the whole…

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Not a fun situation. But, the gritty, harsh reality in this book prevented it from blowing up and becoming an issue.

So, now that I’m coming down off the Tums high, we can talk about Luc Sinclair and James Morgan. Both men are in the Bastard Legion Motorcycle Club but haven’t had many interactions. The club is ruthless, heavy handed, with higher ups all the way to new recruits that operate with the M.O. of violence first; except Luc and Morgan. This environment doesn’t provide a safe landing for a gay and bisexual man to be open with their identities. In fact, it could be a death sentence and forces them to hide who they are. Both men grew up in the life but Luc has never been cut out for the violent world of a motorcycle club.

Luc and Morgan haven’t really been in close proximity until they meet up in a pub. The heat-filled exchange they have provided some valuable information about their preferences. It’s right after this exchange that trouble follows. Luc gets cornered and Morgan steps in to manage the situation. Morgan is a higher ranking member and diffuses the fight and saves Luc’s life. From here on, Morgan and Luc slowly and secretly explore their relationship. It’s full of heat, angst, fear, pain, and ultimately love. Trouble follows Morgan and Luc without provocation. Morgan is forced to make decisions that will save Luc but have the potential to wreck Morgan’s sanity and break their hearts.

Now that the nitty gritty is out of the way, I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t get their connection at first. Hell, I didn’t even understand what was so heated and epic about the exchange in the pub. The pub scene was such a profound moment for both men that set up the course of the plot and yet, it went over my head. Luckily they grew on me. Morgan and Luc’s connection made much more sense to me the second half. They worked well together and I appreciated how far they had come when they FINALLY got their HEA.

The ending. Hmmm… IMO it was anti-climactic. I get why, I understand the events leading up it.But we I mean they went through hell to get there and I wanted a little more lethal-swoony-Motorcycle Club badass- tattooed knight in shining armor action. *shrug*

This is the second in a series but can definitely be read as a standalone. I never felt like I was missing pieces, events or characters from a story that already took place. It’s a decent length and read lonnnng. But, I enjoyed reading this angsty AF morsel. Recommended.

P.S. I wouldn’t complain if Kade got a story. *wink* He has his own brand of yummy badassery that I could definitely get on board with.

P.P.S. There needs to be a trigger warning for cutting.

Copy provided  by author for honest review.