‘Snowed In’ (Hunter Dane Investigation series Book 4) by Adira August #LGBT #ReviewTour #MM #BDSM #Review #Romantic Suspense

Erryn reviews ‘Snowed In (Hunter Dane Investigation Series Book 4) by Adira August. The ebook was released February 1, 2018 and is 142 pages. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I love BDSM.  Okay, sexy cops and Olympic athletes are high on my list as well.  After having read the first books, I grabbed this one as well.


Trapped by the blizzard outside…

Hunter Dane & Camden Snow contend with the storm raging inside.

In the pre-dawn darkness, Hunt moaned and thrashed under the comforter. Finally, the nightmare receded. He settled, breathed deeply several times, and opened his eyes.

“You okay?” Cam asked.

“Sure,” Hunter smiled, half-awake, not remembering. “I’m here with you. Safe inside the storm. Away from … all the crap of the last few weeks.”

Cam moved his hands over Hunt’s body, soothing and gentling. “Safe inside the storm.” Not safe from the storm, but safe inside of it. Isolated. Protected. Safe.

But Cam knew Hunter wasn’t safe; his demons came with him: a dark and twisted possession by blood and cruelty and murder. Being snowed-in for days would allow the darkness to eat away at Hunt until his very skin would seem too small. He’d beg Cam for the flogger. And hate Cam for denying him.

There was a solution, but the so-called “Full Metal Dom” was afraid. So very afraid the fragile bonds between them would not survive.

To help Hunter, he had to do the one thing he swore he would never do.

A 30k novella exploring the power of trust. Book 4 in the Hunt&Cam4Ever series, NOT RECOMMENDED AS A STAND-ALONE. The first three: On His Knees, Matchstick Men and Dancing Men are available on Amazon. ( MM bdsm, adults)

 

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My Review:

Although this book is theoretically a stand-alone, the flashbacks, especially to book 1, are pretty important for understanding the dynamic. As Cam and Hunter both have pseudo-flashbacks and memories of previous encounters, it may be a challenge to stay with the narrative.  On top of that, books 1 through 3 are amazing and worth reading.

My review for those previous books can be found here: ­­­Hunter Dane Investigations Review Books 1-3

I settled quickly into this book since it left off just after the previous one, with Hunter and Cam holed up in Cam’s home, anticipating a major snowstorm.  The storm is severe enough that they aren’t going anywhere. Since Hunter is completely exhausted, he needs this.

There are some dynamics in play – Cam is a Dominant and Hunter is his submissive.  Hunter is a true bisexual switch, has topped many women and bottomed for many men at the BDSM club he belongs to, but he has never allowed a man into him – physically or psychologically.  In fact, during their first scene, Hunter claimed he wasn’t capable of love.

“You’re saying you don’t love,” Cam told him.

“Love is something we do, Cam.  Whatever subjective feelings we have about someone that people call love are just that, subjective feelings.  I care for people in that I do things for their benefit.  I just don’t do all the other things…touch someone just to touch them, when it serves no other purpose.”

My heart broke when I read that.  Touch is a basic human need.  Maybe not at the level of food or shelter, but it is necessary.  I’ve experienced living without it for periods of time and it can be devastating.  Hunter understands he is loved.  He just doesn’t know how to change his mindset.

But the opposite is true – he feels things deeply.  His work as a homicide detective in Denver has left him with PTSD.  Cam knows he can’t cure Hunter of his demons, but he can try to break Hunter, thereby alleviating him of some of the burdens he carries.

Hunter has agreed – although I don’t think he’s convinced Cam can break him or that this snowed-in time will help.  But he’s been ordered to take a break – both by work and by Cam – and Hunter isn’t willing to piss off his bosses or disobey his Dominant.

Despite still recovering from being shot in the leg, and encumbered by a large cast, Cam can still dominate.  A word, a look, even a quirking eyebrow.  Hunter is an intelligent man and an intuitive sub – ready and eager to serve, and although Cam has lots of physical tricks up his sleeve – baton, orgasm denial and even snow, it’s the emotional level on which he has to connect with Hunter.  They have a finite time –not just because of the snowstorm but because of (SPOILER ALERT) Cam’s devastating diagnosis.

I think his plan was to break Hunter, rebuild him, and then release him.  But this is Cam and Hunter, so things never go as planned.

It took me mere moments to get into the story and orient myself with Ms. August’s head-hopping writing style.  She seamlessly switches between Cam and Hunter, easily letting the reader into each man’s mind, seeing the scene from two very different perspectives.

The novella is great, and I enjoyed it, but I still go back to the ultimate catharsis which began in “On His Knees”, the first part of this series.  This was the culmination of Cam breaking and putting Hunter back together. Whether or not Hunter will have more nightmares or flashbacks is yet to be seen.

Book 5 is coming in the spring and I, for one, am very excited.

My Rating:

10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars

 

TYPOS ARE MY TRADEMEARK

I write mostly BDSM EROTICA because I love exploring the power dynamics in terms of the love relationships. The work is explicit. It’s always consensual. If you have triggers about certain kinds of practices, use discretion. I do not make kink lists for my titles.

I went to school interminably, it seemed like. I studied anthropology and paleontology and genetics and literature and theology and ancient Greek. I chased down bad guys, raised children, climbed mountains, played poker, searched for dinosaurs and have had a rather large number of lovers. (I’m not giving up any numbers because TMI) Through it all, I wrote.

No wonder I’m so tired.

*AUTHOR’S NOTE*

You can read all my books stand-alone. There’s plenty of information about what happened previously in Hunt and Cam’s story for you to easily follow their relationship arc. The mysteries are always complete within the stories.

BUT if you’re a romance lover, the relationship story is not a romance. It is a love story. But it’s also the story of two independent Alpha males: one gay and one bisexual, one Dom and one switch with a preference for BDSM. And they aren’t simple, take it from someone who shares headspace with them.

I love these guys. They surprise me and challenge me and break my heart, sometimes. They inspire me.

(Just some FYI for the new readers. Hi. Welcome.)

 

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