Monday, July 18, 2016

Release Day Review: Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

endingsandbeginningsTitle ~ Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8)

Author ~ K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 18 July 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM

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Synopsis

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’ 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.

Debra’s Review

This is bittersweet for me, saying goodbye to a favorite series and some favorite couples, but K.C. Wells and Parker Williams did a great job tying up all their stories and giving us a brand new one with club bartender JJ and Darren, the salon owner we met in Trusting Thomas. While this is JJ and Darren’s story, and the romance is exclusively theirs, the plotline involves the club and its members so there is time to say goodbye to all your favorites. If you’re new to the series you really need to start with An Unlocked Heart and work your way through before reading this story as so much of what has happened in the past comes back into play here.

Darren wants what he saw between Peter and Thomas the day they came to his salon for Peter’s “rebirth”. He wants to love and to be loved, but he also wants to be in control and take care of someone. He is finally ready to take Thomas up on his offer to visit the club and when he lays eyes on JJ behind the bar, he is instantly attracted.

Growing up never knowing his father then finding out his mother had lied to him most of his life, JJ finds it hard to trust people. It soon becomes clear that he is working at Collars & Cuffs for reasons other than just needing a job. What he sees between the couples at the club has him yearning for that sort of a connection. But recent events have shaken JJ and the only thing that seems to bring him comfort is potential club member Darren. JJ’s instincts tell him Darren is trustworthy, but will anyone want to know JJ once they find out his secret?

Both Darren and JJ discover a lot about themselves and each other, and they are both moving into new territory with this relationship. Darren is amazing. Patient and caring, he just wants to take care of JJ and will do anything he can to earn his trust. JJ took a bit of time to warm up to, but really he’s just lonely and hurt. He tends to run when things get hard, which could be a bit frustrating, but when he decides to give Darren a chance his feisty and fun nature comes out. The two have a challenging and emotional road to find the connection they have both longed for and it’s within reach, as long as JJ doesn’t let his fears get in the way. Both are also new to the world of BDSM, but are ready to learn and explore and have an amazing sexual chemistry. Darren takes to his Dom training naturally and elevates dirty talk to a whole new, seriously hot level, and JJ has a wide range of kinks he wants to share with Darren. The type of BDSM relationship they are building is unique to them, just like the wide variety of relationships that have been explored throughout this series.

While this is JJ and Darren’s story, it does take place in and revolve around the Collars & Cuffs club and its family members so it allows for a creative and fitting farewell to the series. The authors weave in the stories and points of view of the characters from prior books, allowing fans one last look at the couples they have come to love. Even Miles and Pietro, who have been on the sidelines since the first book, get some long overdue page time.

Although the romantic pairings have always been the focus of the books, there have also been some great friendships written and they continue here in Leo and Thomas, Peter and Alex, and my new favorite, the relationship between the oldest and youngest subs, Jarod and Scott. Any tears I shed while reading this book were completely their fault!

Endings and Beginnings has everything a great series finale should, including laughs, tears, new milestones, and a guarantee of future happiness for everyone involved. Of course, since this is Collars & Cuffs, there is plenty of hot sex, romance and kink. I’ve really loved seeing these couples grow, and even those who started off rocky, have happily learned from their mistakes. In this installment most of the couples face big life changes, expected and unexpected, and though we are saying goodbye, it may be, for some, more of a see you soon.

It’s not goodbye pet. This might be the ending of one story, but I promise you, it’s the beginning of another.

Thank you K.C. Wells and Parker Williams for creating a series that contains a few of my go to re-reads and favorite couples, and giving it a perfect ending.

 

Purchase Links

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AMAZON GLOBAL LINK

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Collars & Cuffs Series Reading Order

 

Book 1: An Unlocked Heart
AMAZON GLOBAL LINK | REVIEW

 

Book 2 : Trusting Thomas
AMAZON GLOBAL LINK  | REVIEW

 

Book 3: Someone to Keep Me
AMAZON GLOBAL LINK | REVIEW

Book 4: A Dance with Domination
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Book 5: Damian’s Discipline
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Book 6: Make Me Soar
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Book 7: Dom of Ages
AMAZON GLOBAL LINK | REVIEW

 

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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….

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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.

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