5 Star and 3.5 Star Review for 24/7 (The Subs Club #4) by J.A. Rock #MM #BDSM @jarockauthor

CoverTitle: 24/7 (The Subs Club #4)
Author Name & Publisher: J.A. Rock (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 4, 2016 – 283 pgs

Synopsis

We started the Subs Club to make the kink community safer for subs. Except now the others are so busy chasing their happy endings, it’s like they’ve forgotten what Bill did to Hal and the fact that he got away with it. They used to think I was betraying Hal’s memory by hooking up with the owners of the club where he died. Now they don’t seem to care about any of it anymore.

Maybe I am sometimes angry with GK and Kel for giving Bill a second chance, but they’ve been mentoring me for a year now, and whatever else they’ve done, they make me feel incredibly safe. So I want to try something: I want to offer them my complete submission, 24/7. To serve the people who forgave Bill. That’s the way I want to hurt.

Except I’m starting to care about them in a way I never meant to—and I think they feel the same way. But after Hal, I don’t know if I want to be in love again. Because what I really need, more than anything, is to see Bill brought to justice. Even if I have to do it myself. Even if it means losing GK and Kel.

—Gould

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Review

FiveStars

This book unexpectedly very emotional. This is the first book in the subs club series that I have read. I was expecting something totally different then what I got. In all honesty I expected it to be your basic BDSM book with lots of graphic descriptions of scenes with maybe a little relationship turmoil but what I got was different. It is hard to explain but this book was about more then BDSM and more about emotional connections I guess would be the best description.

Gould is so emotional unstable that I just do not understand how no one was able to see it before he finally cracked. He has all these amazing friends but he puts up a front in front of all of them and they do not see the devastation he is going through internally. He has never gotten over the grieving process of losing Hal and he still blames Bill to the point that he actually thinks about horrible ways he wants to see Bill suffer and die. He lets that anger rule his life and his relationships with everyone around him. I truly believe the night that Hal died, Gould died also and he does not know what to do to start living again.

Kel and Greg are good for Gould because each of them in some ways break down his walls that are locked up so tight that a key can not even unlock them but the two of them slowly inch their way through. Though I feel like they help him, they cannot fix him. Gould has to do that himself and I do not think that he can do that with them. He needs to do that on his own. I also believe that Gould will not be able to live again until he forgives Hal for dying and himself for the part that he feels he played in it.

This book left me emotional rung out as if I was actually there, I found myself crying so many different times throughout reading it. But at the same time I really enjoyed reading it. Without the emotional parts this book would not have been good.

Tosha

ThreeandHalfStars

I have read all of the previous books in this series and for me, unfortunately, this one has been my very least favorite.  I know that the previous book, Manties was not my favorite either, but this one especially, I just couldn’t get in to this one at all.

For me, this story was good in theory, but the execution just didn’t work.  I really disliked the poly-relationship – it felt unnatural and forced.  I didn’t really like how there were so many different stories in this one – it seemed that we were playing with a poly-relationship, working on parenting, setting up for the fair and everything in between.

Finally, you have Gould and his “Hal” moments throughout the story.  While I can appreciate what those added, I also found them somewhat distracting.  If he was supposed to be working on his relationship with Kel and Greg, it seemed strange that Gould kept bringing Hal in to their relationship too.  Not to mention the major dilemma that Gould has – the resolution seems too clean – there was conflict and then there wasn’t.  There was also a lot of miscommunication or no communication, their chemistry was somewhat off for me and I just didn’t like their dynamic.

Unfortunately, I am in the minority and just didn’t enjoy this story.

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AuthorBio

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

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