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- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 4, 2017
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Almost immediately things went sideways, though. Most of those tags (IMO) should come with a "lite" disclaimer.
Check it. These two arrange to hook up through an app. Meet at a motel. Hit The Bone Zone right quick then the next thing I know Eric is sedating Chase while he's bound and asleep then takes him to another motel. I'm rubbing my hands together at the bad wrong at this point. Then the next thing I know Chase wakes up and is all, "I have to piss".
Wait, wut? *frantically flips pages back* *rereads* *finds zippity do da*
Come to find out, these two jokers arranged for some sort of capture fantasy hookup that Chase agreed to!
That's a good way to get your ass shot full o'holes, buddy. You ain't supposed to be complicit in the bad wrong! That inherently makes it less bad wrong.
NOT that I went into this expecting it to be realistic, because dub-con, but... HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?
There is a slight caveat, but still.
All the people who do not do dub or non-con, this is the dub-con for you. This might be the fluffiest dub-con I've ever read. These two wend up on a tiny, uninhabited island in Maine (see above gif. again.) and settle into some sort of strange trainer/recruit routine that involves teaching survivalism, ramen and Dinty Moore dinners and whale watching?
My interest waned, then waned further when the "heavy kink" that was promised seemed to evaporate in the pink fluffy sex magik cloud. They like it rough(ish) but they more dance with kink than actually engage in it. That toy bag Chase brought along hardly gets touched. *pouts* It's very superficial with the "sirs" and "boys", a little D/s, some bondage, c**k choking/breath play, some "force" play, but they mostly like to punch their tickets to Pound Town and are cum junkies. The sex is same same and not super titillating. I'm not even going to touch on why neither of these two thought having a safeword might be a good idea.
The whole guise of Eric pretending to have "captured" Chase when in actuality he's ransoming him for the cost of his deceased mother's medical bills is the fly in the ointment and begins to weigh on him once he realizes that he's falling for Chase. The trouble for me was twofold: (a) I wanted actual dub-con. If I'm led to believe there's going to be bad wrong then I want bad wrong to happen. Eric, it turns out, is more of a cupcake than I. (b) The "love" is rushed. I wouldn't categorize it as instalove but it's instalove adjacent. They spend a lot of time together, but there's no real relationship building, nothing substantive at least. Nothing that got my emotions involved.
The resolution to all the "kidnapping" pegged my fluff-o-meter. I think the glass on it even cracked. What draws me to non/dub con is the redemption factor. The notion that someone capable of bad wrong, even heinous acts, can gain insight, accept the error of their ways and attempt to make amends appeals to me, but that got swept away in the fluff cloud.
HEA? HFN? Probably best to ask someone less cynical than I, though presumably, I'm to believe they're well on their way to forever-n-ever probably with some cute animated animals nipping at their heels too.
There is one definitely non-con scene (not between the MCs) that, honestly, didn't make sense to me; it seemed wholly incongruous to that character. I couldn't stop myself from thinking it an extra dose of craycraybenaynay in an already melodramatic conclusion.
So why not 1 heart?
The author obviously did some research on survival techniques and SEAL training and even though I think that focus would've been better spent on relationship development, I still respect the research.
Eric tells the whole story and his backstory is fairly well developed regarding his motivations. His flashbacks of his time with the SEALs and his relationship with his fire team confused me a bit, particularly with regard to consent, but truth be told, I'd read the stuffing out of that story. It sorta skirted the bad wrong line and what we got was hoooooooooooottttttttttt!!!
Lastly, 20% of the proceeds of this book go to the Russian LGBT Network. That's deserving of a star in and of itself.
Recommend to fluffsters.
A review copy was provided by NetGalley to Boy Meets Boy Reviews.
*An ARC was provided by the author or publisher via NetGalley and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review*
This was a total miss for me, however.
Eric is a SEAL who was screwed over by his past employer, Aiden. To get back at the man, Eric decides to kidnap his son, Chase, and ransom him.
Let’s start with the fact that this story just felt a bit…off from the beginning. Eric and Chase meetup at a hotel to hookup, and that’s basically what it is. It isn’t until later that we even realize they met up to perpetrate a fantasy, and it doesn’t feel like it until 35% of the way through the book.
And when it does come up, it still isn’t quite the book the blurb made it sound like. Sometimes, Eric is the kidnapper, other times he becomes Chase’s Boy Scout leader (?) and still others, he is Chase’s hookup.
My biggest problem, however, and the reason this book totally flopped for me is Eric. He makes these odd comparisons during the strangest moments, drops the ball on Chase's safety play-wise, and then there’s this one time Eric puts Chase's skills down and says Chase has no dignity even after Chase gives Eric the trust of submission?!
I’m sorry. What?! That was my reaction to Eric through most of the book. I scratched my head at the conclusions he draws, at his inconsistent actions and reactions, and especially his dialogue and internal thoughts.
I will say some of the scenes were pretty hot, and when the forbidden sequencing does come along? It’s out-of-the-park blazing hot, and I wanted more!. This book—the plotline, the characters, the kink—it lacked adequate direction, however. I really wanted the story to commit to the basis of the story and bring it, fullstop.
Instead, we get this compilation of some kink mixed with Boy Scout training mixed with Chase being an actual captive. I spent much of the book completely baffled by all these things that didn’t mesh.
If you can overlook that this isn’t what you’re led to believe you might give it a try. There is a good plethora of scenes here, and when it’s on it really is on. I just needed more direction to keep the thread of the story alive.
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