on 17 October 2014
I loved books 1 to 3 in this series. Out of all the BDSM novels I've read, this series had the most strict D/S relationship. Tobias takes on Noah as a sub after seeing Noah needs something, he's adrift and needs grounding and issues dealt with. Tobias is a sucker for a sub in need and something about Noah entrances him. Noah is not a sweet yes sir sub all the time. During the day he's a police officer and he has to work to weigh up his responsible professional life against his need to give up control in his private life.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the start of their relationship and all the details of Noah's training. Tobias is not a know it all dom and goes to his friend Bradford when he needs to who then uses his dom nature to help Tobias.
It's not all cut and dry D/S split between Noah and Tobias and that does not detract from the power exchange you can feel. Tobias is strong enough to admit that sometimes he needs to swap.
The walking to heel training was painful, hands over nipples to protect myself while reading that, I was in awe of Noah's courage jumping in a contract with the infamous Tobias, and watching him flourish was beautiful.
The pride Tobias felt when Noah achieved a task or overcame an obstacle was fantastic, you really understand what he as a dom gets out of training a sub and the descriptions of Noah's feelings explains what he gets out of it.
They are a great fun couple and their rough and tumble and often funny role playing games were hot, sexy and great to read.
on 15 October 2012
Tobias and Noah continue their relationship of Dom and sub, and are becoming closer and closer. Tobias is concerned he's not being the strict Dom Noah needs, which is bad for both of them and damaging to their relationship - even though (to me anyway, happily) it's obvious they're falling in love. He seeks the help of his friend, Bradford, the owner of the exclusive BDSM club in which Tobias and Noah met.
Bradford points Tobias in the right direction, but he's having his own problems: Phan (Phantom), Tobias's ex-sub and friend, is getting out of control, despite Bradford's best attempts to help him fulfil his needs. He'll need Tobias' help to save Phan.
There's a lot going on, relationships are changing and developing: Tobias and Noah are making progress, until Tobias has a moment of weakness which he has difficulty dealing with. It affects their whole relationship, and they discuss it, but frustratingly, one point Noah could have made, which he didn't, was that Tobias, as his Dom, expects 100% trust and honesty from Noah, but doesn't seem to feel obliged to give the same back. They do discuss trust, but only briefly - perhaps it's the nature of a Dom/sub relationship that Noah actually couldn't point that out as it would have sounded critical, but I don't know.
The end of the book became a bit too tame and easy - I can't say exactly as it would spoil the end, but suddenly everything became smooth and two dimensional. A scene at the club, a party at the end, Phan is, apparently, suddenly fine. However, the sex scenes were still extremely hot.
It still gets 5 stars, though. I really enjoyed the story, I loved the characters, the conversations were believable and it's well written. I couldn't put it down, have downloaded the next book in the series, and am looking forward to it.