“Tell me how to fix this,” he murmured.
I held his gaze for a long time before saying,
“Not everything can be fixed, Jace.” I paused as I took in his hard expression, because the answer clearly didn’t satisfy him. “You know how if something shatters when it breaks, there is no way to find all the pieces to put it back like it once was? Maybe sometimes it’s better not to even try...”
”I’m not permitted....” He glanced up at the waiter. “I shouldn’t have sweets.”
The waiter stepped back as if he was uncomfortable. I didn’t care if he was or not as I focused all of my attention on Tate. “Says who? Your father?” Tate shook his head. “Do you have a medical condition that makes you unable to have a dessert?”
You are a Dom at a restaurant with a sub who has a Master. And when he says he is not permitted to have dessert, your first thought goes to his father or a medical condition??
So many odd things in this book...
I was so sad when Collars & Cuffs ended. I totally loved that series so I had high hopes for this one. And I was not disappointed. No, Sir.
Before You Break was a brilliant start to new adventures - this time surrounding the new club, Secrets, that Jared and Eli (Collars & Cuffs, book 7) are just opening in London.
Wayne Dwyer already had a membership in the club that used to be located where Secrets is just opening, and he doesn't hesitate to continue on as a member of Secrets. Hoping against the odds that he can convince is best friend and partner in the police force, Ellis, to give him and BDSM a chance.
Ellis is reluctant at first but shit goes down at work, his family is completely f.... up and he is generally falling apart. Wayne is the only constant thing in his life, so he agrees let Wayne help him.
I loved seeing Ellis take his first baby steps into a D/s relationship; everything was new to him, yet there was barely any hesitation once he realized how right it all felt. Being at Wayne's side gave him peace and contentment and generally made him feel so good about himself he had no problem accepting that he belongs with and to Wayne.
Of course, we also got the very nice, hot BDSM scenes I have come to expect from this author duo.
And last but not least - I was worried I might have to deduct a star for lack of groveling, but no. The nasty family did not suddenly regret their evil ways and receive instant forgiveness. There are few things I hate more in my books, so that was a relief. Meaning this book was pretty much perfection all the way through :)
She’d had me tested when I was around three, and there was the psychological profile in my baby book along with her notes for what it would mean for my future: “High interpersonal skills—will network well. Substandard symbolic logic skills—will need help in math. Average verbal skills—should be able to succeed in language with enough effort.”
Mom's notes in son's picture book. The usual stuff - not!
Randall Morgan grew up in an extremely wealthy family with the expectation he follow whatever path his father made out for him.
Randall’s parents rank very high on the list of disgusting people. There is a lot of potential for a rant here, but I’ll just leave one quote from the father to Morgan’s brother, Dustin. It pretty much says it all about ‘Daddy dearest’:
Dad didn’t look at her. “Dustin, I thought I’ve made it perfectly clear that you need to keep your wife under control.”
So, yeah. Randall did not want to stick around his controlling familiy. He has actually had the audacity to chose his own path in life at the cost of having any access to the family fortune. He has as little contact with his family as possible. And he gets by just fine; his photography career is about to take off, he gets to spend time with his niece – the only reason he is sticking around and hasn’t moved far away from his family, and he meets Noah again. The boy he shared a first kiss with so long ago.
Randall and Noah reconnect and things are great until secrets come out and rumors start flying. In a big way – the Morgan name guarantees plenty of press coverage. It’s an emotional rollercoaster ride and Randall struggles to find his footing and not mess things up with Noah in the process.
The book has my favorite kind of ending where the good guys win and the bad guys are left with nothing.
“Unicorns,” she growled. “Never has there been more useless creatures. Be gone with you, horse.”
“Uh-oh,” I said.
“Horse?” Gary snapped. “Horse? Oh, girl, you gone and done it now.
“It’s true,” Vadoma insisted. “You are a horse with a horn. Oops. Not even that, are you?”
“GAAAAAH!” Gary screamed.
Aaand that was the moment when I almost flew off the treadmill...!
Lesley's Gary voice is so spot on, lol
So, the guy's name is Hans Erickson (with ck and o), he grew up in a place where apparently everyone was skiing and he even tried ski jumping. Surely that must be Denmark, right? Yeah, no.
This could probably work just fine with a search&replace throughout the book where Denmark is replaced with Sweden.
Seriously? That kind of research is not hard. I mean, ski jumping in Denmark? I can't even....
Ryan wanted to make working out together a thing we did, because it could bring us closer together, Sam, just stop complaining and do it. But after a disaster that somehow ended up with me strung up upside-down from the ceiling due to a combination of a jump rope, a twenty-five-pound free weight, and the laws of physics, he never made me go down there again.