Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review - Backlash by Jack L. Pyke #MM #bdsm #gayromance


Backlash (Don't book 4)
by Jack L. Pyke
Reviewed by Lisa Arbitrary
5 Stars

 

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Book Information:
Author: Jack L. Pyke
     Title: Backlash
     Series/#: Don't Series
     Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Romance, Suspense, BDSM
     Length: Novel (126,000 words)
     Release Date: January 19, 2016
     ISBN: 978-1-62234-273-0
     Format Available: Ebook (mobi, pdf, epub) and sold in print on demand.
     Imprint: ForbiddenFiction (ONE word, TWO capitals)
     Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (THREE words)
     Contains disturbing content. Check ForbiddenFiction story page (given above) for content labels. This is not our sale page but a page that gives readers with the direct link (given above) to the story page so that they may also have access to the labels and other information about the book.
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Blurb:

In the aftermath of Jack Harrison’s release from the psychiatric unit, Gray Raoul’s natural instinct is to brutally repay the one responsible for financing Jack and Jan’s torturous psychological reconditioning. However, that person is a professional player in their own right, one who knows exactly how to manipulate everyone in Gray’s life. To help negotiate this delicate situation, Gray seeks to contract Trace and his ex-Diadem Dom, Gabriel Hunter. But the more Gray seems to regain control, the clearer it becomes that there’s something not quite right about Jan Richards. As Jan’s world unravels, taking Jack and Gray with it and bringing out one particular deadly player, Gray’s left with one last defence: break Jack down in order to partner up with Martin. But once freed, Martin’s out for retribution of his own, and he wants to get downright personal with Gray.


Complete trust between Master and sub, between Gray and Jack, is about to be tested to the absolute limit. (M/M)
My reviews for the other books in the Don't series -
Don't book 1
Antidote book 2
Breakdown book 3

REVIEW

This is the kind of book I want to read. The kind of book I seek out. Because it’s bigger, deeper, more complex. Sink in, hold on, and tighten your gut because it’s all coming at you. Hard. No fluff. Even the tenderness is difficult. Real. You want a peek at BDSM? Then you go get this series. By this author. And you are immersed. Times ten. Because this isn’t just a kinky little whip-you-until-you-love-me story. No. This is a freaking psychological head fuck with all the trimmings. And because of that you get to see how a Master/sub/vanilla relationship can be the most reasonable way to approach a bond. Tall order for a little MM Romance, hmm?

THE STORY
Tender brutality
A culmination. But hard earned. Have you been paying attention? I mean really paying attention? I’ll bet you thought you knew things. I’ll bet you thought you knew where this was going. You didn’t. At least I didn’t. I didn’t see the angles, twists and plunges. Pyke takes her sweet time getting you there. The first several chapters are nothing but pure emotional anguish merged with tender, raw beauty. Deep. Painful. Love.
Guilt.
Remorse.
And revelation.
Puzzle pieces fit. Martin emerges. Gray has no choice. Shit. Shit. Shit. And Jan is…just so fucked.

I’d say get yourself in a good emotional place before delving into this one, because it is going to tear at you. The more you’ve fallen for these men, the more you’re going to fall for this book.

THE CHARACTERS

Gray Raoul – Finally we get to see the man behind all the composure. You think you want to know. But do you? The weight on him is crushing.
“Gray managed a smile, albeit one that tore at his stomach.”

Jack Harrison – His whole life he’s been fucked with. And still he gives.
Martin – How in the hell can I love Martin?
…break Jack, get to Martin…

Jan Richards – Yeah. I get Jan.
“Nobody is here for me.”
THE WRITING

Pyke’s writing is strong. Her economy of words, as it were, is what makes reading her both stunning and challenging. But in this book it is the storytelling that trumps that writing skill. Looking back at my reviews on the earlier books I see I was flailing at times, but I realize now she had me in her control all along. I am simply hers to dominate.
…the past can be nothing but a prefix to better memories.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jack's a pure M/M erotic romance author who specialises in BDSM. With a wicked love for portraying D/s relationships in particular, all added to a psychological thriller edge, kink and mind games go hand in hand here.





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I would like to thank Jack L. Pyke and Fantastic Fiction Publishing for providing Attention Is Arbitrary with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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