Saturday, May 31, 2014

Antidote by Jack L. Pyke

Title: Antidote 
Author: Jack L. Pyke
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Don't #2
Main Characters: Jack, Gray, and Jan
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Video footage of Jack Harrison sleeping with Cutter, a man who has mutilated teenagers, should have stayed dead and buried with the man who had filmed it. Yet when footage to Jack’s past starts appearing on Internet porn sites, Jack’s whole world is again turned on its head. At first the porn links are done to unsettle, to disrupt Jack’s fire and ice world: all the sexed-up adrenaline of being caught between the pleasure to Gray Raoul's BDSM kink, and the gentleness of Jan Richards’ vanilla touch. But when the content of the porn sites force even Gray to turn his back on Jack, leaving Jack isolated and away from the full protection of the Master’s Circle, Jack is left at the mercy of a group of men who are out to alter Jack’s whole perception on his BDSM lifestyle.

As brutally as possible, Jack’s sex life is now live webcam feed for a whole new audience.
My Review:
There's a single word for this book...painful. This is a difficult story. Book #1, Don't, explained Jack's disorder issues, but this book delves so much deeper into those and Jack's poor messed up mental state. He's been in such a good place and then in this story it's all blown apart and neither Jan nor Gray are safe from the fall-out. Gah...this book made my heart hurt so much for all three of these characters. Throughout the book I just wanted to wrap up all three of them in a nice snuggly blanket and keep them safe because they are so far from that in this hurts.

Complex characters make up the heart of this story... 

*Jack is a Master sub who survived teenage abuse, and came out of it with a whole host of mental disorders including OCD and a couple of others that are so much worse. Through his Dom/sub relationship with Gray for the last 11 years, he's learned how to manage and control his urges so that he can function pretty much normally. 

*Gray is a Master Dom. He works for MI5 and is a very powerful man within the bedroom and all of London. He is not a man to be messed with on any level. He's very proprietary about Jack, but underlying all that is a deep emotional tie to him and knowing what he's been through.

*Jan is the third in this triad. He's relatively new to this relationship. He's vanilla, but has still managed to work his way into this relationship with both Jack and Gray with true emotional feelings on all sides. He balances the two extremes that come through Jack and Gray...and gives them a sense of real normality. 

The three of them have been together for around 9 months I think at the start of this book. They survived the trauma from the first book where a Dom was messing with Jack's disorder issues, but they made it through it stronger as a triad because of it. This book has a similar trial that the three have to go through but with very different results. It's painful. It's horrific. And it's so emotionally painful to read because I love these three characters and all three of them are devastated in this book. It hurt to read, but at the same time, I couldn't put it down for even a second. I needed to know these three were going to survive and be okay...something that looks so doubtful throughout much of the book. 

Jack L. this author has balls. This is a tough subject matter and she doesn't shy back from it. She also doesn't shrink back from shredding her characters. But she writes an incredibly powerful book that will stick with me for a long time to come. Now...for the next book, I'm really hoping she gives these poor characters some breathing room for happiness. Wow...they've earned it and need some good quality time for healing.

Warning: these books are NOT for the faint of heart. They are hardcore and don't hold anything back. This is the second book in this series and you really need to read book #1 before this one to understand the dynamic between Jack, Jan, and Gray and just how they all handle Jack's disorders normally. 

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