Before You Break (Secrets #1) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams #LGBT #DuoReview #BlogTour #Review #BDSM #Contemporary #RafflecopterGiveaway

Wendy and MtSnow review Before You Break (Secrets #1) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams. Published by Dreamspinner Press May 26, 2017 340 pages.

Rainbow Gold Reviews is so pleased to be part of this blog tour for K.C. Wells and Parker Williams new book, Before You Break. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

 

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Cover art by Reese Dante

Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.

There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.

 

Wendy – I read this book as a stand alone and it worked, but I know I would have gotten more out of it had I read the Collars and Cuffs series first. I struggled a tiny, tiny bit with not knowing who some of the key characters were and I really wanted to know their stories. I’m going to read them as soon as I can, because this book was… WOW!

I love a good BDSM story and this one is now a favorite. I got so much out of this book that I’m not quite sure where to begin. Let’s see… there’s Ellis, he’s probably the best place. This guy broke. My. Heart! Now, I know that it’s just a story BUT we’ve all unfortunately heard our share of horror stories about terrible parents. Ellis’ character is one of those poor children that suffered from this. Not only that, but his sister was the unlucky recipient of that awful parenting too. It made them both cling to each other in an unhealthy way and Ellis was at his breaking point when his best mate Wayne stepped in to take matters in hand. It was an interesting path to Ellis and Wayne taking their relationship from work partners and best friends another step into a Dom/sub relationship, but these authors did a fantastic job of helping these two pick their way through contracts and limits to find what worked for them. Wayne was a true Dom, he totally nailed it with his watching for Ellis’ little tells so that I was left feeling certain that no one could know Ellis’ needs better. Yet he was surprisingly human and that was endearing.

I had all kinds of feels watching these two weather several storms as they encountered and worked to overcome life altering events. There was give and take from both MCs while they worked to rebuild a fractured family with co-dependent and enabling issues into a healthy one. I especially enjoyed the descriptive, sexy BDSM scenes. There’s nothing too hard core here, but it’s definitely not just a vanilla relationship and I liked the look into the club lifestyle that they wrote. There are fantastic secondary characters, some of which are cross overs from the Collars and Cuffs series and they really made this book work.  Most of all what I got out of this book was a sense of deep love that wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t conventional, but it was what was right for these two characters.

MtSnow – I’m fortunate that I have read most all the Collars and Cuffs series and think they are an interesting mixture of different approaches to BDSM. And each scenario works well for each different couple.

In saying that, I was excited to see this new Club ‘Secrets’. So we have a fresh new club, with a fresh new set of characters, and we had the pleasure of revisiting some of my favorite couples from previous stories. As always, the authors spend a good amount of time in character development, and have a gift for making me ‘feel’ for each character’s strengths and vulnerabilities.

In this story, I definitely saw where Ellis had a very unhealthy relationship with his family, and saw the codependent spiral that he just couldn’t seem to get out of on his own. And, as anyone that has ever dealt with loved ones that have addictions, and whom are good with using manipulation and guilt to make a more caring, sensitive person take responsibility for something THEY can’t do themselves, well, it’s a vicious cycle. And in Ellis’ situation, I could see where he couldn’t see a way out, but it is also a case of the codependent person also needing to feel needed, so they add to the cycle.

In comes Wayne. A responsible, dedicated person who cares about his friend and fellow employee, and sees this self destructive cycle, and how it is taking a toll on his best mate, Ellis. So he starts to thinking how he can help Ellis with boundaries. *interesting as the ‘B’ for bondage could also be interpreted as ‘B’ for healthy ‘boundaries’* So, Wayne has an idea about how to introduce Ellis, a purely vanilla guy, into the lifestyle, and figures it is just where some control and limits in a BDSM relationship make sense to him. But how to make someone like Ellis see it as something that might help, and not make him feel weak?

And that is what this story is about. How two friends care for and about others, themselves, and figure out what makes each a healthy individual, and how it might make for a great relationship, providing each of them with what they need.

Lovely story, and will be a great spin off of the original Collars & Cuffs series. Looking forward to more from this dynamic duo writing team!!


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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

K.C. loves to hear from readers.
E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld
Twitter: @K_C_Wells
Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com

 

Happily Ever After Comes With A Price Tag. Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family. Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.

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