Saturday, May 18, 2013

Don't by Jack L. Pyke

Title: Don't
Author: Jack L. Pyle
My Rating: A+

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: #1
Main Characters: Jack, Jan, and Gray
Release Date: January 2013
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Genre(s): Gay, Romance, Suspense, BDSM

"Don't... open me."

Three simple words that tease Jack, taking him places from his dark past. For Jack, BDSM is a way to resist his worst impulses. Yet, the stranger calling himself The Unknown seeks to use that to seduce him.

As Jack slips further down into the abyss, two men hold the power to save him. Will it be Gray, the Master who knows Jack's every secret? Or Jan, the first man to give Jack a reason to hope? With deadly ghosts coming out to play, Jack may lose everything, even his life.

Novel (120,000 words)
(M/M - For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher's site.)

My Review:
OMG, this book was so good!! I'll tell you right now, I finished this book and immediately picked it up again at the beginning to do an entire re-read. Yes, it is that good. 

The book starts out fairly slow...and it's a long book, so there's a bit of build-up. The first time I read it, I skimmed the first 10%. The second time around, I read every single word. This book is about Jack. Jack's an interesting character. He has OCD and ODD. He has to have everything just so and has a real problem with someone telling him what to do....yet, he's a sub. Having no control over a sexual situation gives him freedom and settles him, but he still has these crippling psychological disorders. He's a Master's sub to Gray. As such, he trains new Doms. Jack is one tough guy....he puts himself in position to train others in how not to hurt...and many times gets hurt in the process...even with all the safety protocols. That scenario is what we find early in this book...and so Jack isn't in the healthiest of psychological places. 

To complicate things, he's met Jan....the first man that he's ever truly wanted a normal relationship with. But Jan isn't aware of Jack's BDSM lifestyle and isn't aware of the BDSM lifestyle at all, so he doesn't understand what Jack's job and obligations are...until he's thrown into it. Jan has just come off a 10 year relationship with a man who cheats so he sure isn't ready to hear why Jack needs to sleep with other men or why Gray has this pull over him.

Then there is the whole threat issue. Throughout the book, there is someone after Jack, playing sexual and psychological games with him. It's all a bit much for Jack to handle. 

This book was emotional story-telling at it's very best. Jack is a man with issues, but I absolutely, hands-down fell in love with his character. He's dealt with his issues as best as he can and managed to run a really successful business too. The one thing he's never truly had is a relationship. When things became complicated between Jan and him, I wanted to weep for him. He's such a strong character though. I LOVE that his is willing to do WHATEVER he needs to, to keep Jan. He may be a sub, but wow does this guy have amazing Dom tendencies. That makes what he does as a sub all the more amazing and attractive. 

Then there are the other men...Jan & Gray. When Jan becomes involved with Jack, he has no idea what he's getting into. He's a man overwhelmed, but I love that he never lets that defeat the strong man that he is. He may not know this world, but he knows he wants Jack and wants to understand his issues. The complete opposite of that is Gray. He's been involved with Jack for 11 years, 9 of those with Jack as his sub. Gray saved Jack, but as you watch Jack unravel, you begin to wonder if this is the best lifestyle for him anymore.

It's an expertly woven book. There's ton of action, suspense, emotion, and some seriously smexy times. The book is incredibly hot, but that's definitely not all there is to it. There's also an incredible story as you watch these men, all three, transition to find a new balance in their lifestyles. I truly loved it and plan to read and re-read it over an over. I'm also thrilled to say that Jack L. Pyle plans at least two more follow-up books. Yippeee!! Now I'm off to read Lynn Kelling's book Deliver Us because she has worked out a writing partnership with her characters and Jack Pyle's characters in each of their third books. 

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