Pure Indulgence is the sequel to Pure. I did not realize this was a series that required reading the first book in order to acclimate to the setting, along with the myriad characters and their interconnectedness. Unfortunately in the first two chapters, the swarm of characters, the assumptions made that the reader is fully apprised of their backgrounds and current standings, made the first third of the book a real test of endurance.
To be honest, I nearly threw in the towel.
But if the reader preservers, the two protagonists finally worm their way out of the morass of actors on the stage and the tenuous plot emerges. Joe is an ex-cop, fancies himself a dom and is nominally straight. Adam is a twink and a sub, but manages to hold off full commitment to the lifestyle. There are lite BDSM elements, with hints about hard limits, an emphasis on safety, but few real looks into what goes on behind closed doors as scenes are played out.
Many elements of the plot stretched my suspension of disbelief: Joe, the gay for you/oh gee, that’s why he has two failed marriages protagonist and twinks who have reached the age of majority yet act far younger, how and why twinks going missing form any sort of pattern, the FBI, the requisite homophobic a** hole, the bad guy with a history who appears late and gets dealt with way too neatly.
Granted, I had no investment in any of the characters, their lifestyle choices, or the sense of danger that should have played front and center instead of concentrating on the ‘is he gay or is he straight’ romancing of a sub who wasn’t exactly a sub story line, so the denouement of a scene of
sadistic violence actually came as a welcome relief. Of all the scenes, that was the most interesting and compelling.
I assume if you have read the first book, Pure, then Pure Indulgence will probably make sense. The two primary characters aren’t strong enough to carry a mystery/suspense novel so this is best categorized as romance. Why things happen is never clear, and the final resolution about Joe and Adam’s relationship took a turn that had me shaking my head.
Judging from other reviews I’ve seen, Pure Indulgence apparently satisfies, but sadly—for me—this one didn’t do it. As they say: your mileage may vary.
Joe, an ex-detective and a popular Dom, wasn’t gay. Not one little bit. He told himself that all the time he fought the inexplicable attraction he had for the gorgeous young submissive, Adam. Yet when he learns a psychopath responsible for two murders has set his sights on Adam, and Adam disappears, it suddenly seemed far more important to tell him something else. Joe realizes Adam has become more important to him than his next breath, but if he can’t track down the psycho that was torturing and murdering submissives, Joe won’t ever be able to tell Adam anything else again, it will be far too late.