Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
- I'm pretty satisfied with the story's ending. Sam and Hector each go through a good amount of growth in the series, especially in this volume, and I liked them together in the end (I had my doubts while reading Chaos Magic and Love Runes--and parts of this book).
- The setting and story have been interesting all along, but I think the details and the story elements in this book are really neat. Sam is a film critic who becomes famous in this volume, so he frequents film festivals and fancy restaurants and elite clubs. Lygon does an excellent job of creating a well-rounded picture of that world: not just its flashiness and intrigue, but also its shallow, backstabbing side.
- There's a secondary character who figures in to the first and second books in pretty minor ways and becomes a little more important in this volume. I love him. I'm so interested in him, in fact, that I wish Lygon would publish the various e-stories about this character and his boy(s) in a paperback anthology. I would snap it up in a heartbeat.
- I've read a number of BDSM romances, and I've always enjoyed the ones where the couple doesn't engage in much erotic pain over the ones in which the sub is a masochist. This is one of the first I've read where the couple focuses quite a bit on pain and I wasn't totally turned off by the discipline and/or sex scenes.
- There's a scene at a leather party that is priceless. After reading it (twice), I pumped my fist in the air and said, "Take THAT!" because of some of the things Sam says to another character.
- Hector just isn't one of my favorite Doms. He does some terrible things--namely, in this book, humiliating Sam on a number of occasions. I agree that that behavior is forgivable. The problem, I think, is that because these books are told in first person from Sam's point of view, I never got to see Hector REALLY thinking about his actions and contemplating the changes he needed to make to start treating Sam with more respect. (I must say, though, that during the period of separation, I found myself wishing quite fervently that the two men would get back together, if only because Sam is so miserable while they're apart.)
- I harp some in my reviews on poor copy editing. This series doesn't have near the problem that a lot of books in this genre have with punctuation and spelling issues. There were a few things in this book, though, that drove me a little batty. One of them is the spelling of a character's name two different ways: "Josef" toward the beginning of the book and "Joseph" starting about halfway through.
Overall comments: Lygon's a good writer, and I enjoyed reading this series because the characters are interesting and the stories entertaining. This isn't my favorite BDSM series because I don't like Hector as much as some other m/m Doms, but I certainly think these books are worth a read. I wouldn't recommend reading any one of the books in isolation, though.