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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626496749
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- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 4, 2017
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- Language: English
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Watch Point by Cecilia Tan is a kinky m/m romantic thriller. Eric Sakai-Johnson is messed up. He was honorably discharged from the Navy (before don’t ask, don’t tell), fired from his bodyguard job even after he took a bullet for the guy because the guy found out that he was gay. The firing also ended the medical support his employer was giving Eric’s mother leaving Eric with millions in debt. He is pissed off. His plans to kidnap his former employers son in exchange for the money doesn’t go exactly to plan but it does clue him into the fact that he isn’t the only one his former employer has hurt.
Watching Chase blossom while kidnapped was delightful. I had a couple of issues with this but I think it was mostly due to the nature of Chase’s kink and Chase’s father is up for jerkwad of the year.
Trigger warnings… this story is full of dubious consent due to the kidnapping. Actual kidnapping. Rape fantasy between kidnapper and hostage.
This was definitely darker than I usually go, but I tried a sample on a whim after another author I like raved about it. I LOVED it IMMEDIATELY. The opening was gripping, clever, and filled with delicious irony. The way the plot unfolded moving forward was engrossing and fulfilling. My only complaint was that the ending felt a little rushed, but all in all, wow. I need to check out this author's backlist, stat. I'm at a loss as to why this book is rated so low on Goodreads and Amazon though. The only thing I can think of is that a lot of reviewers went in with expectations of something much different, I guess. I went in with a blank slate and adored it, which is why I'm being intentionally vague in my review. Suffice it to say, if you like MM romance with a smidge of suspense and a totally believable SEAL at the helm, give this a try.
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.
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