Title: Power Play: Resistance
Author: Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant
My Rating: A
Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Power Play #1
Main Characters: Brandon and Jonathan
Release Date: October, 2012
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he's ever had. Though it's been fifteen years since he escaped his father's abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he's come to accept being gay, he can't deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges--the deeply repressed desire to submit.
Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.
When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon's deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I'll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn't care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan's offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted-and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.
Reader discretion advised. This title contains heavy kink. While consent is clearly established and frequently reaffirmed, some moments in Power Play push hard against the outer edges of consent
Right up front...you need to know this book is heavy, heavy kink and bdsm. This is not a light book, but it was very good.
Brandon and Jonathan meet purely by chance, but the encounter is intriguing enough that billionaire, Jonathan, gives Brandon his card with the instructions to call him. At that first meeting, Brandon has no idea who Jonathan is and sure doesn't have any idea what Jonathan has in mind for their relationship. Jonathan is a Dom with a HEAVY sadistic side. At their first meeting, he learns that Brandon is trying to buy a company for $3 million. He offers Brandon that money if he agrees to enter a 24/7 Dom/sub relationship with him for six months.
Brandon is so uncomfortable with this on so many levels, but after being turned down by multiple banks, he decides to talk to Jonathan again. The sex was really hot between them. It's not like what he's proposing will be a hardship, right? Besides, he really likes Jonathan, too. But truly....Brandon has NO IDEA what he's getting into and after spending years surviving an abusive father, this is NOT an easy relationship for him.
I don't want to give anything away, but things are most definitely not smooth sailing between the two of them. That realization that they've both done wrong was the most powerful scene in the book for me. That single scene made this book work so well for me...and how they both grew out of that realization. I like the completely different backgrounds that the two come from, but they connect on more than just a sexual level. They are both really into making the world a better place through environmental interests and loved that connection for them. They are both also highly intelligent, although you would never guess that at first glance just because of their huge differences in career levels. But Brandon is getting there...he just needs the means. That's why he's agreed to this outlandish proposal.
But this is only one half of the story. The second half is once things really begin to click between the two. I've already downloaded it and plan to devour that book just as quick as I did this one.