Title: Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8)
Author Name & Publisher: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 18, 2016 – 121,429 Words
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.
Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.
Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
I really enjoyed this book. We got to see almost all of the characters from previous books, which was great, I loved seeing how they are now and what they have been up to. We got to see another great relationship form. Darren and JJ were perfect for each other, they both just wanted each other so bad and you could feel that in their story. Of course the sex was off the charts. Once again we saw how people who aren’t family can be more family than our true family. I love the closeness of everyone, it just feels right. I hate that this is the last book in the series but I am hoping that the last chapter may have been a hint that there is another series in the works.
This series has been an absolute favorite of mine. All of the characters of collars and cuffs are not only a part of the BDSM community but they are family.
In this book the collars and cuffs family comes together to support Peter after old pain resurfaces after finding out that his old tormentor killed himself in prison but not only that they also find out that JJ was his son.
JJ carries around the pain of what his father did to others and when he first went to work at collars and cuffs he went to prove his dad’s innocents but found instead that not only is he guilty but that he also found th family he has always been looking for.
Once he meets Darren his whole life changes and JJ realizes he wants to try his submissive tendencies out with Darren as his Dom. So these two men take a journey through BDSM together. They not only find the mutual connection where that is concerned but each other and more friends and family at collars and cuffs.
All of the members of collars and cuffs are their for one another no matter the occasion and they support each other even from afar if need be.
This book was much like the others in the aspect that it kept me held captive till the very end. KC Wells amazes me with being able to make each book better then the last and this book was no exception to that. I truly enjoyed this read and look forward to reading for from KC in the future.
I can’t believe this series is ending. It was a great privilege to travel this road with two exceptional authors. I certainly hope that these authors will consider a new collaboration as I felt their writing styles complemented each other in ways that you never knew who was doing the writing.
In this book we get to meet Darren and JJ. The authors we spot on for the character development and I immediately fell in love with both MC’s. It was also great to see the characters from the previous books make an appearance. Darren and JJ had a really sweet connection and it was really wonderful to see and experience their joys and their tribulations in the effort to build a relationship. I just can’t say enough about the writing duo of Wells and Williams. Every book they write immediately draws me in and it does not want to let me go. In this book we had everything from a couple who leaves town to a death (not telling!!)-the endings and a wedding to opening a house for homeless young people-the beginnings. There was also the hint of a new series (YEA!!) and I certainly hope that it happens.
This book was an exceptional ending with hopes for a new beginning for a new series and I applaud the authors for a completed task that will have me re-reading these books for years to come.
First off, I have read the previous books in this series and for the most part, really enjoyed them. While I did give this book 4 stars, it was more due to the style of writing. This was, so far, my least favorite of the series.
Let’s start with the bomb drop – while I can understand why people are upset, it seemed that this book focused a lot on that. I thought this was Darren’s story.
For me, this story seemed to almost drag on. While I was happy that I was able to see some closure on other relationships, this story was far less about Darren and JJ’s story than it was about the culmination of what was happening at the club, which, in my opinion, weakened the story.
The jumping back and forth between couples was sometimes difficult to follow and while I know who are friends and in what capacity, it was sometimes too much all jumbled, which left the conversations underdeveloped.
When Darren and JJ were the center of attention, they had a much weaker connection than the other couples. Their connection began with mistrust and while they worked on trust, I don’t know if they ever truly found the peace they were both looking for.
The premise is that they both wanted what everyone else had. However, it seemed that they are still plodding along in their journey, because their story was so broken up and splattered between everyone else and their drama.
While I love the series, this just didn’t work very well for me. There was a lack of chemistry and connection between Darren and JJ for me.
“Honey, I’m home.”
Alex laughed and came out of the kitchen to greet his husband. “We’ve talked about this, right? You do not walk into this apartment and talk to me like I’m the little wife.”
Leo kissed him soundly on the cheek. “Aw, but you’d look great in an apron, holding a glass of beer out for your weary, hard-working hubby.” He smirked. “And besides, no one in their right mind would call you little.”
Alex quirked his eyebrows. “One, you don’t drink beer, which is why there’s a glass of chilled chardonnay on the living room table, waiting for you. Two, excuse me—weary? Hard-working? You’ve been standing around in leather chaps and a harness, watching while guys do all manner of things to each other, which probably included a lot of fucking, because, hey, it’s Saturday night, right?”
Leo sighed happily. “What can I say? I love my job.”
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
A long desk, with two desktop computers (both Mac), one laptop, and an iPad, all opened to keep me wired in while I work.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
Of all the characters, I relate most to Scott from Someone to Keep Me. His dream, finding someone who would love him as he is, was the same one I had as a kid. In fact, a lot of Scott’s traits are ones we share.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
Probably cry a lot. I love being an author. Building worlds, then destroying them. What could be more fun?
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
I’m constantly learning. One of the things I try to take away from my writing with KC is how to build a scene by use of descriptions. There’s a huge difference between saying ‘They entered the room’ and ‘The entered the room, the crystal chandeliers gleaming in the too bright bulbs. The hardwood floors shone, as though it had recently been polished, and the oak dining table, set for eight people, had silver candelabras with three long, red candles in each one.”
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
No. We’re very happy with how it turned out.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
A lot of discussion. We’re planning a new series, and we’ve already gotten several ideas for it. We’ll go through them when we’re ready and pare them down to eight books or so.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
Right now I’m working on Haven’s War, a second book for my killer and his husband. This time around, Haven is pitted against someone who has the same training as he does.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Milwaukee, WI. KC lives England. As Collars and Cuffs takes place in Manchester, she’s got the knowledge of the area, and that definitely impacts our writing.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I don’t have a favorite genre. I love trying different things. I’ve done sweet romance (Lost Time) and the upcoming Of Love and Corn Dogs, dark thrillers in Haven’s Creed, BDSM in the Collars & Cuffs series, shifter novels with Protector of the Alpha and Scent of the Heart. There’s also a third book in that series on the drawing board.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Nope. Hate shopping. Hate shoes (I wear slippers all the time). And I don’t consider chocolate a vice at all.
Meet K.C. Wells:
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
Where to find K.C. Wells:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/KCWells/223608907761521
Meet Parker Williams (or at least his voices):
Good day! We are the voices that live inside Will’s head. The ones who whisper to him constantly, beckoning him to speak of our adventures, to tell of our love, and perhaps, if we’re in a mood, kill a person or two.
We guide his hand as he tells our tales where love is the most powerful force, but must be worked for, molded, and finally, embraced. There can be no shortcuts or substitutions on the path to a happily ever after.
We hope you will join with us as Will fulfills his obligation to ensure our stories are told and, we hope, enjoyed.
Where to find Parker Williams:
Connect with Parker on: Twitter: @ParkerWAuthor
Or you can visit his website: www.ParkerWilliamsAuthor.com