Laura gives 7/10 pots of gold for AJ Rose’s Power Exchange

Why I chose to read this:  AJ Rose is a new author to me so when I saw this cover pop up in my Recent Update feed on GoodReads, I had to read the blurb.  As a fan of both BDSM and action/suspense, this book definitely seemed like one I would enjoy.  Plus, can we talk about the cover for a minute?????


Thoughts on the cover:  The blurb for this story could have been the most unappealing blurb in the history of the world and I still would have purchased the book, if only to drool over the cover.  I am a fan of bondage in any form, but the beauty of the red ropes with the symbolic detective’s shield tucked in at the shoulder?  Perfection!

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The Blurb:

From the moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi steps into the world of BDSM to solve the brutal slaying of Dom George Kaiser, his course is not his own. Mesmerized by the context in which the victim lived and the images of the lifestyle seared into his soul, Gavin must find a way to navigate these unknown waters. With his personal life in upheaval due to marital trouble, and his professional life uncertain with the assignment of a new partner, Gavin needs all the help he can get understanding the case.

Enter Ben Haverson, a psychologist and a well known Dom. With Ben’s help as a consultant and attention to Gavin’s own murky truths, Gavin delves deeper than he ever thought he would into the world of restraints and paddles. Forced to scrutinize his true nature and his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: keep the fear of submitting at bay, or dive in and solve the case with the knowledge he gains. When another victim is discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, and he’s pulled headlong into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life.

Unfortunately for him and Ben, a killer has noticed, has taken stock, and has set his sights on the D/s pair. Can Gavin outwit him, or will his first exchange of power be his last?

Published September 15th 2012 by Voodoo Lily Press


My Review:

This book is well written with a lot of layers, a great mix of emotion, passion, action, and suspense.  This is Gavin’s story and it wouldn’t be what it was without his strong family ties.  Gavin is a detective from a family of law enforcement men; his father and his brothers are all involved in the field in one capacity or another.  When the reader is first introduced to him, it is particularly obvious that Gavin’s life has been a shaped by choices he made to please his family and live up to their expectations.  His career is the only choice he’s made that makes him happy, that fulfills an intrinsic need inside him to help others.  Content in his position as detective, this is the one area in his life where he has stayed strong and resisted any pressures from his family.  AJ Rose does an impressive job of communicating the family dynamics; as a reader, I was left with a strong understanding of how his upbringing shaped him into the person he is.

As mentioned above, Gavin’s career is the one thing in his life that satisfies him.  He takes pride in his work and has a strong sense of purpose.  When the story begins, he is called to the scene of a horrific murder.  AJ’s description of the crime scene transported me there.  Very hard to read with its detail, it pulled a level of emotion out of me that I often do not give.  It is here at this crime scene that he is first exposed to the BDSM lifestyle and so begins his fascination with it.  When Gavin is introduced to Dr. Benjamin Haverson, a therapist with ties to the BDSM community called in to consult on the case, he starts down a journey of self-discovery he never anticipated being able to explore.

The gruesome murders continue, leaving Gavin and his partner, Myah Hayes, in a fight against the clock to find the necessary clues to identify and capture the killer.  It is a struggle for Gavin, who is balancing this case, his newfound relationship with Ben, his BDSM explorations, and the internal debate with how to break the news of his relationship to his family.  When their lives are threatened by the murderer, Gavin’s worlds collide and he must do whatever it takes to survive and protect Ben.

This is the perfect mix of family, action/suspense, kinky sexery (I know that isn’t a word but I think it should be) and love.  The storyline and relationships are all solidly developed and there is a great cast of characters in this story leaving you with a strong sense of community.  If I had one complaint it would be that there was a paragraph that revealed the murderer to the reader earlier in the story than I would have liked.  This left me yelling at Gavin and Myah to “wake up – the killer is right under your noses!!!”  Beyond that, this story was exactly what I had hoped it would be.


7 out of 10 pots of gold

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