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BDSM WEEK – REVIEW: “Power Play: Resistance ” by Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant

ABOUT:

Give me six months, and I’ll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges–the deeply repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted-and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.

REVIEW:

I have had my eye on this book for more than a year. Never quite willing to cross the line for fear of having my toes chopped off. So now that my understanding has matured – it was time to take a big breath, grab the whiskey and get to it.

“I’m not going to pretend this will all be flowers and orgasms.”

I have never read anything quite like this; the basic plot (on the surface) appears to be formulaic BDSM but it is not.  I am horrified when what should have been a slow, nurtured, easing into the life of a 24/7 power exchange submissive disintegrates into a brutal and twisted battle of wills.

Arrogance wars with shame, pride wars with determination and when communication crumbles these men become trapped in an endless, sickening clash of opposition.  Information is power. Communication is key and Jonathan (arrogant little fuckwit) as Dom FAILS in this …horribly. His notion of being cruel to be kind removes the sane from Safe, Sane and Consensual.  His generosity is double edged to pave the way to his own pleasure, ignoring the signs, not KNOWING that trust is crucial. I hated him and yet … against my will, underneath the self-serving arrogance I almost understood him. Almost.

Bran is in it for the money (so he keeps telling himself) his pride and self-respect are his only Master.  His endurance and resistance is utterly heart breaking, his hate is tangible, his humiliation turns my stomach, his pain makes me want to end it, just stop reading and pick up some fluffy YA to scrub my brain.

Fuck me! This is hard, but I can take it, it’s just fiction right? So pass the whiskey. Brutal scenes of whippings, caning, humiliation, electrification, restricted confinement and sleep deprivation are not tempered in the slightest.  Torture I thought; but is it truly torture when the door to freedom stands open and all you have to say is one word and it all stops?

I WISHED for Bran to say it – just SAY IT – surrender it Bran – just DO IT! And then I switch to NO!  Don’t say it – don’t let him take your pride – you are not a whore! Don’t give in – come on – be strong … And so it went on and on in my head, relentless push and pull emotions mixed with horror. I can’t stop though (only for whiskey); my heart beats too fast through it all, my fingers hold on too tight and I’ve sacrificed my finger nails to endure it.  BOTH these characters have crawled under my skin. The writer’s skill in building the angst and anticipation is remarkable. The way they BOTH twist my emotions in favour and against each character is excellent. I TRUSTED the writers to take me to the edge, teetering, arms flapping, but not falling. I’m glad I never read this a year ago; I would have fallen flat on my face! The author’s dedication is what kept me going and still gives me hope for Awakening.

For everyone who’s ever felt shame at their desires. Don’t. Be proud; you are perfect the way you are.

There is a slight offering of optimism at the end of Resistance but my nerves are rubbed too raw to appreciate it right now.  My anger is not yet tempered. These guys have got a long way to go; I just really hope it’s worth it.

Did I like this book? Not particularly, it’s not a comfortable read but it is an extremely compelling and admirable work.  I loved the courage, the fight, the psychological insight and the crazy angst. I love the way my understanding and affection for both MC’s was my torment. Does that make me a psychological masochist? Maybe. Probably.

Recommended for the black coffee crowd, the neat whiskey drinkers and if you’re a BDSM newbie? Pah ….cross the line if you dare but be prepared to lose your toes.

RATING:   4.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

13484184Title:  Power Play: Resistance (Power Play #1)
Author: Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant
Publisher:  Riptide
Pages:  267
Release Date:  April 9. 2012
Purchase Links:  Riptide, Amazon

7 comments on “BDSM WEEK – REVIEW: “Power Play: Resistance ” by Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant

  1. Debra E
    November 21, 2013

    Great review Shelley! These books are on my favorites list. :)

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  2. Sheri
    November 21, 2013

    Yikes! I fancy my toes, I’ll stay behind the line. :P
    Fab review Shell.

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  3. kmac64
    November 21, 2013

    I have read both books in the Power Play series. I love them tremendously. Do you know if there will be anymore in the series?

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    • shelley
      November 22, 2013

      I don’t know :/ But I can’t see anymore of a story left to tell with regards to this couple. The epilogue wrapped it up pretty tight for me.

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  4. loederkoninginkatinka
    November 21, 2013

    Woosjj! Okay! I must read this series and have no idea why I haven’t already.

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    • shelley
      November 22, 2013

      Because you don’t like formalised BDSM, that’s why. But this goes deeper than what it appears on the surface. If you see that then you will enjoy the internal struggles here Kat.

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  5. Gail
    March 18, 2017

    This review pretty much expressed my feelings about this book. More than once I was so intensely uncomfortable with it that I put it down unsure as to whether or not I would come back. But I did AND I immediately purchased book 2. I really DONT like Jonathan but I so want an HEA that I just have to see their story thru to the end.

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