5 Star, 4.5 Star and TWO 4 Star Reviews for The Detective’s Pleasure (Cuffs, Collars, and Love #2- Standalone) by Christa Tomlinson (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #BDSM @christa_writes

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Title: The Detective’s Pleasure (Cuffs, Collars, and Love #2 – Standalone)
Author Name: Christa Tomlinson
Publication Date & Length: February 11, 2016 – 105,000 Words

Synopsis

“You’ll kneel for me without me having to tell you to. And when you do, you’ll feel so much better. Trust me.”

– Detective Sam Roberts

Officer Ryan Bennett: Ambitious and smart, Ryan Bennett is a young officer on Houston’s police force. He’s pursuing his dream of being promoted to the city’s elite SWAT team with a single mindedness that won’t accept any outcome but success. But that isn’t his only dream. Ryan wants more than a coveted position on SWAT. He wants to be owned by a strong Dominant. To give himself up to a Dom who will make him shudder with pleasure beneath a firm yet loving hand. Unfortunately, Ryan has had nothing but failure in that part of his life. Now, he’s hidden that dream away from everyone, including himself. And he refuses to let anyone close enough to see what he truly desires, and who he truly is.

Detective Sam Roberts: Cool and calm, Detective Sam Roberts is good at reading people, during the day as a detective and at night as a Dom. He easily sees past the hard layer of arrogance surrounding Officer Ryan Bennett to the hurt submissive hiding beneath. He wants to help Ryan, even though the stubborn young man resists him. But Sam isn’t one to back down from a challenge. He’s determined to help Ryan embrace the soft, giving nature of his submissive side. Using both a gentle hand and the sting of the whip, he’ll work to coax Ryan’s submission free. But what will Sam do if he’s successful? Let Ryan go as promised? Or give the young officer the very thing he’s wanted for so long?

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Review

FiveStars

I loved the first book in this series, if you haven’t read it, you should. It will give you some back story on Ryan. I hated Ryan in the first book, wasn’t sure I was going to like him in this book either but I wanted to see if he could get his happy ending. We briefly met Sam as well in the first book. Man Ryan was a jerk in the first book and at times he came off that way in this book too but we find out why. I actually ended up loving him! I love how patient Sam was with Ryan but he TOTALLY screwed up towards the end, I was so upset with him, but he made up for it thank goodness! Once again, I highly recommend this book.

Angie

FourandHalfStars

I did not read the first book in this series.  However, despite those characters playing a fairly significant role in this story, I never felt lost.
This story is about Sam and Ryan.  Both work for the police department, but Sam is a Detective and Ryan wants to be part of SWAT.
Despite his best efforts in book 1, Ryan found himself without Logan, the Dom who he had played with in book 1.  Rather, he found himself envious of the relationship that Logan found with Clay.  Logan had been in love with Clay, despite playing with other men and Ryan had let himself believe that he and Logan would wind up together.  When that didn’t happen, Ryan seemed to flounder with what were the next steps.
What complicates this matter further is that Logan is the head of a SWAT team and Clay is also on that team.  Ryan has to prove himself to those around him that he deserves to be put on a SWAT team.  During his training, he meets Sam.
Sam is a self assured detective who goes after what he wants.  He is instantly drawn to Ryan while at a club and despite knowing the outcome of his first attempt to catch Ryan’s attention would be a failure, he tries anyways.  Sam is a bit of a conundrum.  He had a long term relationship that did not end quite as he expected.  Because of that, he seems almost shy, despite his going after what he wants.
When the two characters come together, they begin a journey that will unlock emotions in both of them that they are not quite ready to deal with.  I truly felt the emotions that Ryan was going through – he made me cry with his desire to be owned, loved, cared for – solely for himself.  Tomlinson wrote his emotions so clearly – I was able to really picture what was happening, while I was reading.
The reason this story received 0.5 stars off and didn’t receive the full 5 stars was that the mystery aspect of this story was terribly anticlimactic.  I was so sad when that happened and left feeling like, “what? that’s it?”
However, the relationship and chemistry between Sam and Ryan was amazing.  Despite the push and pull of the relationship, it felt genuine and unrushed.
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FourStars

This book was much more enjoyable then book 1 and I look forward to reading more from this author. In this book we meet Sam and Ryan and this book just seem to jump up and say you must continue to read. I didn’t care much for Ryan in the first book but it was clear right from the beginning where the author was going. Yes it was not perfect. There were scenes that I didn’t like but in the end I came to love and respect Ryan. Most of all there was love and respect not just HOT sex. I will definitely be looking for more books from this author.

Lynn

FourStars

This is book 2 of the series and I gotta read book 1.
Book 2 is about Ryan Bennett who is training to be a SWAT member, but he’s having problems with the rest of his team. I guess in book 1, he was in a short relationship with one of the main characters, the captain, and the team isn’t too welcoming cause the captain’s current lover hates him. The lover who also happens to be in the same team.
I really hated how they treated him. They’re supposed to be professionals, yet they let some personal stuff that didn’t involve them get in the way. They’re attitudes were very juvenile. Ryan got on my nerves too, but I felt bad for him. Good thing he had Detective Sam Roberts on his side. Sam was very patient towards Ryan in my opinion. He was calm when he needed to be and understanding. Just what Ryan needed.
The background plot was so-so, nothing exciting. Kind of unbelievable actually, though I don’t doubt that some nuts play pranks on SWAT.
Cookie

Excerpt

Ryan stopped picking at the wax and met Sam’s eyes in the mirror. He didn’t say anything. He just stood there, looking at Sam’s reflection.

“Do you need-.” Sam stopped. Ryan was on the brink of … something. Sam knew what he said would either finally get him to open up or cause that hard shell to close even tighter around him. Remembering Ryan’s seeming aversion to needing someone, he asked instead, “Would you like some help?”

Ryan moved his head, the movement so slight it could barely be called a nod. If they hadn’t been staring at each other in the mirror, he would have missed it. Sam touched his fingertips to Ryan’s shoulder, waiting to see if he would be rejected. Ryan didn’t react, so Sam moved in closer.  When he laid the warmth of his palm across his back, Ryan closed his eyes and shuddered. He gripped the countertop with both hands, his head hanging low.

“I don’t know how to let go,” he said in a voice hoarse with restrained despair.

Sam stepped forward again, moving close enough behind Ryan that he could wrap an arm around him. Ryan stood there for a second before he turned and leaned into his embrace. Sam looked at their reflection in the mirror. Ryan’s blond head was nestled against him, streaks of wax down his back. For the first time he looked truly vulnerable, just as Sam had wanted to see him all along. He stroked Ryan’s hair, pressing a kiss to the soft strands.

“I’ll show you, Ryan. All you have to do is trust me. I’ll take care of the rest.”

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AuthorInterview

1) Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

One interesting thing is that The Detective’s Pleasure almost didn’t exist!

After I wrote The Sergeant, I planned on moving on to other projects. But I had so many readers who loved that story, that I knew had to continue the series.

2) How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I suck at naming things. The Sergeant’s original title was some godawful long thing I came up with. My niece shortened it to The Sergeant. With The Detective’s Pleasure, I wanted to stay in the same theme but added a little something to make it stand out from other titles of the same name.

Plus, it’s a little lesson that Sam teaches Ryan. For the series title, Cuffs, Collars, and Love, I wanted to play on the fact that they’re all cops and involved in BDSM.

3) Have you ever given one of your characters the personality of someone you know?

Not completely. I’ve given bits of a personality or borrowed a name for side and walk-on characters. I’ve subconsciously done it for a man character, but not realized it until the trait pops up a few times and it clicks that the character reminds me of someone.

4) What do you think makes a good story?

Interesting characters with solid motivations. You can have the most dynamic background to a story, but if I don’t care about the MCs, I can’t get into the book.

5) What does your family think of your writing?

It ranges. I have two sisters who are very proud of me for writing and publishing, but they don’t approve of the genre I write in. My parents don’t quite get the self-publishing revolution. The think my writing is a hobby and want me back in the classroom as a teacher.

AuthorBio

Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Her first self-published novel, The Sergeant, was an Amazon Best Seller for Gay and Lesbian Erotica for seven weeks straight.

Although Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History, she prefers to write contemporary romance. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters’ romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.

Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a semi-retired member of Houston Roller Derby. She enjoys hearing from readers. For more on Christa’s work, including deleted scenes, excerpts, and free reads, visit www.ChristaTomlinson.com

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