Title ~ Power Play: Awakening (Power Play #2)
Authors ~ Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Genre ~ M/M BDSM Erotic Romance
Brandon McKinney is a man reborn. Newly awakened to the notion of consensual power exchange and the submissive urges inside him, he begs for a second chance from the man who opened his eyes to this world: Silicon Valley superstar Jonathan Watkins. But no birth is absent pain, and Brandon's is no exception. He fears he's not strong enough to see it through.
Jonathan knows better. He's seen the iron core inside his new submissive, and the wounded heart inside him too. He means to teach Brandon to heal the one with the other. They have five months left on their contract, after all, and Jonathan has done more with less before.
It's tough to stay objective, though, when you're falling in love. Shame Brandon doesn't feel the same. He's only there for the three-million-dollar payout at contract's end--a fact that Jonathan, nursing his own wounded heart, reminds himself of each day. For even as Brandon's barriers break and his mind expands, even as he grows to love his place at Jonathan's feet, he'll never love life with a sadist--especially one who cannot escape the public eye.
"Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: heavy kink."
"This title is #2 of the Power Play series."
Damn, this was a brilliant and immensly powerful story. I don’t even have the words to express how awesome this book is.
In Power Play: Resistance Jonathan, Brandon and the readers had to go through the dark, the hurt, the pain, the frustration and a shitload of misunderstandings to where a breaking point was just inevitable. Jonathan and Brandon both needed to change and try harder with the whole communication thing. In Awakening Jonathan seems to be softer, more communicative, he finally becomes the teacher he made such a mess of in the first book.
“You’ve not spoken to your father your whole adult life, and yet still he’s haunting you. Driving you. The voice inside your head, am I right?
You never controlled that voice, Brandon; it controlled you. So of course you couldn’t lay down your control at my feet. It wasn’t yours to give.”
Of course, he’s still the sadist he was and nothing will change that, for him affection still involves canes, pain, and mind fucks. Jonathan wants to inflict true pain, wants Brandon’s tears, wants him to suffer, wants him to scream, to beg him to stop, but he also knows what a screw up he made the first time. He wants Brandon so much that he’s willing to work on this, willing to slow things down and make sure that he not only gets what he craves but gives Brandon what he needs as well as teaching him.
Interesting to watch is Brandon’s introspection. Is he really ready to give all of himself to Jonathan, is he willing to gift him his suffering? And finally… finally we see him letting down his walls and understand his need for discipline, learning to really trust Jonathan and start to let go.
The relationship between Brandon and Jonathan is perfectly elaborated, written so greatly from both points of view that it blew me away, the second time even more than the first. What happens here is a true awakening, the way Jonathan and Brandon learn to trust each other, whether in the dungeon, at Big Sur (how I loved this place at the beach), or on the trip to China.
“All this . . . the whips, the chains, the Yes, Jonathan and No, Jonathan and even the fucking cages . . . all this was here to push him into all the things he wanted, all the things he needed—the secret things, the shameful things, the things he thought he couldn’t have or didn’t dare ask for, the things he wasn’t strong enough to face on his own—and in the six months they’d been together, Jonathan had never done a single thing to him, only for him. Had done it all for him…”
I’m a great fan of Devon and Nicky and it was awesome to catch a glimpse of them. Have you read Devon and Nicky’s story, the spin-off Master Class? If not, I highly recommend it. Jonathan’s best friend and fellow Dom and his husband/sub/pain slut visit for an evening. Quite an interesting encounter for Brandon.:)
The re-reading of Power Play Awakening was just awesome. Both of these authors worked together brilliantly to create a breath-taking BDSM series. The writing was superb, the story was excellent and the characters were stunning. I really enjoyed reading it back to back with the first book. Still can’t look at the gorgeous cover without shivering. Jonathan’s eyes… OMG… it’s not the height and the bodily strength that makes a man a true Dom.
PS: If you haven't read Power Play: Resistance, don't read this one until you do. This book requires to know the first book to appreciate and follow along.
REVEW ~ Powerplay Resistance
About Rachel Haimowitz
Rachel is an M/M erotic romance author, a freelance writer and editor, and co-owner and Managing Editor of Riptide Publishing. She's also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters.
She originally dipped her toes into cable news and book publishing, decided the water was cold and smelled kinda funny, and moved on to helping would-be authors polish and publish, writing for websites and magazines, and ghostwriting nonfiction.
Her first novel, Counterpoint: Book One of Song of the Fallen, released in August of 2010 with Guiltless Pleasure Publishing. Things pretty much spiraled from there, and now she plans to release four or five new stories each year. She loves playing with shorts and novellas just as much as sinking her claws into the worldbuilding fun of a novel.
When she's not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn.
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About Cat Grant
Author of hot, emotional ménage and m/m contemporary romances. Love. Honest. Real. :)
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