- Book Title: Second Chances
- Book Series: Denver Diaries #2
- Author: Rain Carrington
- Publisher: AAS Publishing (November 3, 2015)
- Book Length: 197 pages
- Genre: BDSM, Romance
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Posting Date: November 5, 2015
This story was very interesting. Although the plot was somewhat obvious, due to the title of the book, the author put enough twists and turns in it, that it made the story unpredictable.
In my view the BDSM aspect isn’t in this story, this story is more about humiliation than BDSM and it felt more like a Master/slave than a Dom/sub relationship. Having no experience in either of these types of relationships, I can only base my beliefs on what I have read in the past. Morgan walked out of Brian’s life 2 years ago, he didn’t leave a note, he didn’t say why, he just left. All of a sudden he is on Brian’s doorstep dripping wet from the rain, looking to get back with Brian. Meanwhile Brian has formed a quasi relationship with a man named Pez after Morgan’s leaving. Brian and Pez declare their love for each other and Pez bows out of the relationship, giving his blessing to Brian to try and fix things with Morgan.
Brian agrees to give Morgan a second chance, but on Brian’s terms as he wields his full Dom status upon Morgan. As much as I believe in second chances I just couldn’t wrap MY head around the way the author chose for Morgan to prove himself to Brian. I said earlier that the story felt more Master/slave, that is what I took from how Brian treated Morgan as Morgan regained his redemption. My perception of a slave is someone who does not have any free will of their own, they are reliant upon their Master for everything whereas my perception of a sub is someone who relinquishes power to another for a period of time. In this story Morgan does not have free will and even relies on Brian to feed him.
Brian as a character is hot and cold with me. I really feel he is a good man, his work as a psychologist at the women’s prison is very admirable and his desire to truly help is very evident in the story, I just wasn’t able to sidle up to him. Pez I really liked, he is admirable and has true feelings, the way the author manipulated his feelings and circumstances was really well done, it drew him to me as the reader. Morgan I do not like, I find him spineless.
I gave this book a 4 star rating for a couple of reasons. The first thing is I think the author accomplished what she set out to do with this book. This is very much the beginning of a series and she flushed out the characters really well and set them up rather nicely for the continuation. I did give the book a knick due to the fact that I never really felt much for the characters, except for Pez. Was this intentional on the author’s part or was it my connection to the story? I do feel that some of the things that I reacted to negatively will smooth out in the next book, I really would like to see Morgan grow up.
A side note, there was one bit of erotica that stands out to me. Brian is recalling having Pez hanging in his attic playroom and his thoughts wandered to how sexy Pez looked with his muscles elongated and the sexiness of his body. You don’t need to have full on intercourse for something to be erotic, the passage I refer to is evidence to the fact.
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