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Power Play: Resistance: Power Play (Volume 1) Paperback – October 7, 2012
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From USA Today:
"Rachel Haimowitz ... ah, I adore her from Counterpoint, and she and Cat write darkly twisted heroes. Power Play: Resistance was a treat for me. If you want a real dominant man, one who is genuinely dark, go for Jonathan."
"This book is BDSM at its best." --Hearts on Fire Reviews
"[A]n exceptionally intense story of what it really means to have a power exchange between two people. [A] stunning book." --Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
"[T]he most intense [BDSM book] I have ever read."--Joyfully Jay
About the Author
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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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.
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.
The actual BDSM/sadism "play" in this book can be extreme. Jonathan enjoys causing pain and as he's trying to break Brandon down in order to get through the barriers he's erected to his true self, it gets quite harsh in a few places. Be aware.
I loved the ending. The realizations that both men come to are very authentic. This is a two book story arc, but the ending of Resistance is at a good spot. I will be buying the next book in the next week so that I can dive back in because I can see where the story is (I hope) going and I very much want to get to that.
The writing is excellent. Truly. Rich descriptions of food, the BDSM play, and of the feelings of each man. It's written in dual POV third person so you get very familiar with the thoughts of both men.
Highly recommended, but definitely be aware that sadism plays a role here.
Seriously dark bordering on non-consent for me but this book still blew me away.
Watching Brandon (a total newbie) exploring D/s with Jonathan (a true sadist) was awesome.
The scenes were rough but so real. I kept asking myself how I can read this as it was wrong on so many levels, but I could also not bring myself to put the book down.
An awesome book but be warned….
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Right up front...you need to know this book is heavy, heavy kink and bdsm. This is not a light book, but it was very good.Read more