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By His Rules Paperback – August 29, 2016
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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“This was submission, thought Aiden. Not Scott forcing him to bear more and more pain without crying. Not men at Obey ordering him to his knees to suck them. This willing, necessary surrender to someone who would never hurt him. To someone he loved.” (Kindle, pg. 231)
I was expecting to like this a lot more.
Aiden ends up in a relationship that he wants at first, with a guy who’s rough and demanding, only ends up changing Aiden in bad and unhealthy ways, and then starts really abusing him. Aiden starts eating less and working out more, going to work less. Finally there’s a breaking point, and Aiden ends it. And finds Keaton, who’s sweet and caring and only wants the best for Aiden.
Aiden frustrated me, a lot. I could see why he got in the relationship in the first place, and while it frustrated me when his eating problems got bad, I understood why he stayed, and I liked when he finally left. But then he kept fighting Keaton, not doing what he wanted, being a general pain. And while I liked Keaton and their relationship, I didn’t love it. I didn’t feel for either of them like I thought I would. And while I liked the ending, I didn’t love it.
I generally just didn’t quite connect as much as I thought I would. I didn’t care for the characters as much as I should have. This just didn’t work as well as it could have, in the end, though I’m not fully sure why.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
Okay, you need to go into reading this book that the first 30% of the book is about Aiden with his abusive dom, Scott. It's not hardcore graphic, but it is difficult in that you can see how much the abuse, both physical and mental is affecting Aiden. While I wasn't a huge fan of these scenes...like I said, they weren't easy...they were important just so the reader could see where Aiden's mindset was later when things are developing with Keaton and just how much Scott's abuse changed him.
Aiden likes the BDSM world because he likes the pain and discipline. Keaton's need from this world is so different from that. Keaton practices domestic discipline...meaning he and the person he's in a relationship with have a very specific set of house rules. He simply needs to be in charge. Break them and you will be disciplined. I honestly don't think this ever would have worked for Aiden before his relationship with Scott. But after, he is so wounded and broken, the rules allow him to become whole again with the kind of structure he needs to achieve that.
For Keaton, his lifestyle is all about taking care of someone else. And in this book, that is something that Aiden needs desperately. Aiden is in a really bad place...really, almost suicidal so he needs gentle handling. I loved how Keaton handled things with him even when Aiden was being impossible. But I also really liked that the author allowed Keaton to have doubts and make mistakes too. This is a difficult situation and as much as Keaton is trying to make it better, he's not infallible.
This is definitely a BDSM book with a different slant. I've never heard of domestic discipline before and like the two characters in the book, have a hard time seeing it work long term....like 40 years down the road, but this book provided an interesting and entertaining exploration of it.
Personally, I loved the beginning of the book, when Aiden fell into a bad relationship with Scott. The relationship spiraled out of control gradually, and it let us see who Aiden was, who he thought he was, it let us be confused with him about what it was he wanted. When Aiden ends up broken, we know why, and we're completely invested in him by the time he moves in with Keaton. I was anxious for them to get together, but I loved the build up. A lot of stories don't put effort into a slow buildup like this, but I think it's so worth it.
I was a little hesitant when starting this book, because I'm not into BDSM clubs, whips and chains, etc. It just isn't my thing. But I have to say, there were some collars and chains and play outside my comfort zone in this, and it was hot. Because of the way it was written, and how much the characters enjoyed it, it felt real and intense. Instead of skimming the more hardcore stuff like I usually do, I was surprised how quickly I got sucked in. All because of the writing.
I bought this specifically for the D/D spanking elements, and this book delivered. There wasn't endless talk about rules and safewords and learning about domestic discipline. The idea was worked out naturally through the characters, which I appreciate soooo much. So many D/D stories read like a how to manual when it gets to that part. I don't want to read about characters doing research and quoting from websites. This author was quick to set things up and put them in motion. Aiden gets spanked a lot, sometimes for punishment, sometimes for fun, and if that's your thing, all I can say is get this book. The spanking scenes are detailed, well written, emotional, and HOT. And the confrontations, the scolding, the build up is just as good. And the sex scenes... sigh. Yes, please.
This book really surprised me, in such a good way. There was enough plot to make it not just a bunch of sex and spanking scenes, but not so much that it got in the way of the the sex and spanking scenes, lol. I'm just so happy to find someone writing in this niche that can write so well. I'm working my way through the author's back catalog now, and I would grab a sequel to this book in a hot second.