Pain Slut (The Subs Club #2)

Author: J.A. Rock

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Riptide

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties.  I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together.

But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.

—Miles

 

Review: Pain Slut is the second book in The Subs Club series.

Miles Loucks is preparing to start a new chapter in his life. At twenty-eight, Miles has his own custom t-shirt business and is more than ready to become a father. He’s also a masochist. However, in his desire to adopt a child, Miles is willing to put that part of his life aside if it means being the best parent he can be for his future child.

An emergency at work involving a customer’s typo on some printed t-shirts leads to Miles’ plans of leaving the BDSM scene behind him being left in tatters when he meets the stunning Hendrix Seger. Drix insists the one way Miles’ can make the missed error up to him is by allowing Drix to take him out to dinner. Despite having every intention of politely refusing, Miles finds himself agreeing to the offer.

It’s at the end of their first date that Miles confesses his kinky tendencies to Drix. Rather than being scared off by the declaration, Drix is intrigued by the fact that Miles is a masochist. In turn, he confesses that inflicting pain on willing partners is a turn-on for him. He’s a true sadist, how could Miles possibly resist that? He also happens to a vampire. With a y. A vampyre. Miles understands kink, but an adult claiming to be a vampyre might be a step too far, even if Drix does have interestingly pointy teeth that could be used in all sorts of deliciously kinky ways.

As much as the book is called Pain Slut, the kink isn’t really the focus. It’s there, it’s a big part of the story, but it’s not the story, which kind of reflects the way it is for Miles. It’s there, it’s definitely a part of who he is, but it’s not all there is to him. He has a loving but often absent father, and a mother who does seem to love her son but who’s method of communication leaves a lot to be desired at times and who’s constant little criticisms have left their impact on Miles. He has a great group of friends in the other members of the Subs Club and a successful business he is proud of. He longs to have a child and looks forward to the day his wish comes true. And he loves pain.

The BDSM elements aren’t sugar coated. There is knife play, whipping and punching. I did find that sometimes there was a bit too much of a disconnect between what was physically being done to Miles and the pleasure he gets from the pain being inflicted on him. It seemed like the balance between the detail of the BDSM in the scenes and how it made Miles feel leaned a bit too heavily on the detail side at times. Even with that, the sex scenes were hot, which, considering pain kink is not something I find particularly sexy, is down to how well written the connection between the characters is. And I really did feel the connection between Miles and Drix. I completely saw what each found so irresistible in the other and I adored Drix.

Even with the main character having an uptight, serious personality, the humour that was a great part of the first book is also very much present in this one. I love the friendship between the four friends of the Subs Club. The banter between them is great, but I also got a great sense of how they fit together so well as a group of friends when they have such different personalities.

I was almost surprised with how much I ended up connecting to Miles. He’s uptight, sometimes arrogant and a bit of a jerk and thrives on true pain. But with that he’s also sometimes insecure, feels things deeply, a little vulnerable when he allows himself to be, and he grows throughout this book. With Drix, he learns to open himself up to the people who care about him, to let them in and allow them to love him. I really loved that.

 

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