The Red Kiss 

Author: Drury Jamison

Publisher: Loose ID

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: LID & Amazon

Type: Novel in Series 

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Blurb: Years after being targeted in a violent, public attack, Seneca Graves is no longer the women she was. Once a forceful and outgoing writer and BDSM lifestyle advocate, she now secludes herself behind walls both physical and mental. When other survivors of the attack begin showing up dead, Seneca’s life is again bound up with her former lover, Special Agent John Book of the FBI. Their bond, and his willingness to submit, draws out Seneca’s strength and dominance.

At the same time, Holly Rabb and Jason Wills of the local police join the investigation. They are partners, dealing with their own feelings and dangerous flirtations. All are thrown together in a swirling mix of mystery, murder, and heated attraction as Seneca and Book become mentors to Holly and Jason in feminine-led love.

As the pressures of romance and investigations come to a head, secrets are revealed that put lives and careers at risk. The mystery deepens as Seneca makes plans for a return to public life, bringing the connections–and passion–to a head. Danger collides with sex, whips with skin, and dominance with love. Not just Seneca, but all four lovers must evolve and learn as a new killer rises to threaten them all, once again in a very public confrontation.

 

Review: This novel, this exotic drop into a world so totally foreign to me, took some getting used to…but I love when I’m able to read something that totally freaking blows my mind. It takes me into another world that I gape at, eyes big and jaw slack. It makes me wonder what the heck my neighbors could be getting up to, right?

This story literally started off with a bang and proceeded at breakneck speed soon after. The opening event was a crazy, mixed up free-for-all at a convention hall. As I read this book, I kept thinking about control.

Sometimes your environment is out of control, and you’re left stumbling, numb with fear and pain, trying to protect yourself. It’s hard to control your surroundings.

Then there’s the other kind of control. Self-control. The ability to keep a cool head when you need it; regulate your emotions, and keep your boundaries. To take a moment before you react to the circumstances around you.

The heroine, Seneca, knows what it feels like to be both in control and even worse, she knows how it feels to be out of it.

Isn’t that what we all fear?

In the BDSM world, control sometimes takes on a darker meaning. It’s in the relationships between doms and subs; the willing relinquishment of control to another, an absolute trust between the two. It can only survive if both are willing to put everything on the line; are willing to put their relationship first.

It also requires not caring what others think.

I love this book because it’s sassy; at times brutal, and always deliciously wicked. There’s so much packed in about stereotypes, about physical versus mental control, about what being a man really means, and more. I think I need to re-read it just to catch everything! Not always an easy read for the squeamish, but an eye-opening delight for this reader. Love you, Drury!

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