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  • This one contains some pretty hard core stuff.

    This is the second book in The Boundaries series but you don’t need to have read the first one as both books are complete, standalone stories. I read the first book, Out of Bounds, and liked it a lot; it was a 5 star read for me but I’m conflicted about this book. The writing is good, my dilemma has more to do with some of the content and the fact that the blurb for the book didn’t adequately prepare me for what I would be reading. The blurb alludes to rough play but this book took that in a direction that I was a bit uncomfortable with. I’ve read many books with BDSM themes and what I thought was some pretty hard-core stuff. But I was not prepared to read about one man biting another – hard enough to break the skin and leave bruises. This was a pretty big turnoff for me. Kelly is a student at the college where Ian teaches but he’ll be graduating in a couple of months. Kelly is in a bad place emotionally; he’s pretty much shut down and uses pain to keep him from dealing with his feelings. Ian rescues him from a bad situation and they begin a relationship. Neither of them really talk about things in their past that are having a direct impact on how they behave now. Ian had a bad experience with a lover/sub but he never really tells Kelly about it. He doesn’t refer to himself as a Dom although he makes sure that Kelly has a safe word. Kelly is suffering emotionally from the recent deaths of his parents but he never really talks to Ian about that either. I had trouble feeling a real connection between Kelly and Ian. Their relationship was just a bit too twisted for me. It all works out in the end and there is an HEA. Just be warned that there are some pretty harsh things happening in this story that you might find objectionable. I tried to put aside my bias against some of the elements of the story that I personally had a problem with when I assigned my rating. However, I had to ding it one star because I really believe that the blurb for the book should have had more of a warning for the somewhat violent nature of the BDSM elements that the story contains. If the blurb had been more accurate my rating would be 4 stars. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. Review will be posted to Xtreme-Delusions dot com on or after release date.

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  • Against the Rules

    This was an intense interracial erotic romance between Kelly, a resident advisor, and Ian, a professor at the university. Kelly takes risks with strangers and gets rescued by Ian. Dealing with one person's unsafe BDSM practices and helping him find himself too. Worth a read since most books don't deal with someone off the edge and needing help to negotiate safe power exchange. Slight age difference but not by much. Contemporary romance.

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