Author: Sara Brookes
Release Date: Dec. 15, 2011
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Sypricon Masters Book #4
Genre: GLBT, m/m romance, BDSM, Erotica, Sci-fi romance, Novella
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Jack Cotton thought he’d made the right choice to walk away from Tawse, the only BDSM club on Sypricon. But a life-altering tragedy has shown him the error of his ways. Now, he’s ready to make amends and is more than prepared to kneel before the Dom he left so abruptly.
Denton is bound by the rules of Tawse, and he knows Jack’s membership has been terminated. But Jack’s return is all too personal and his actions can’t simply be ignored. Forced to make a choice, Denton does the only thing his instincts as a Dom tell him. After all, some men, like rules, are meant to be broken.
What B is talking about:
Jack and Denton make a good pair, and while most of Slow Break is told from Denton’s point of view, it is Jack that is most in need of redemption. As a Dom, Denton has an obligation to his sub, as well as a need to see his own value reflected in Jack’s willingness to submit. Jack, on the other hand, has a lot to make up for, and is determined to show Denton he’s ready to face the truths he’d denied so stubbornly before.
Slow Break is one of those stories that that attempts to explore more than just the characters’ sexuality, which I’ve found is true of most of the BDSM fiction I’ve read. As opposed to some other types of erotic fiction, the BDSM lifestyle, as depicted, goes beyond the kink to the underlying needs, and the reasons for those needs, of all participants, both Masters and subs alike.
Brookes explores the themes of loss, guilt, acceptance, and hope in Slow Break, and does so fairly well in a comparatively brief narrative. It works, I think, because both of the main characters have done the bulk of their soul searching before the story itself ever begins. This leaves the revelations of what they’ve discovered about themselves to provide the emotional connection to the scene, and the means for a happy ending.
Sexually, this story covers a lot of ground in a short span of time. Ranging from a variety of interactions, both heterosexual and homosexual, to discipline and submission, Slow Break has a little bit of everything. Brookes keeps the language naughty but enjoyable, and the emotional tension between Denton and Jack makes the story more accessible than it might have been without it.
While it would have been nice to see the resolution of the conflict happen over a longer span of time, Slow Break was still a very enjoyable short story. My regard for both Jack and Denton increased as their tale unfolded, and I found it easy to let myself hope for their mutual happiness. I definitely recommend this quick, sexy read, and am pleased to have it as an addition to my collection.
Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)