Author Names: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Book Name: Endings and Beginnings
Series: Collars & Cuffs
This is the final book in the series, which should be read from Beginning to End. 😉 (See what we did there?)
Release Date: July 18, 2016
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.
Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.
Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
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This book started out difficult for me. Eli looks for someone to serve him, and Jarod looks for someone to serve. It sounds like an easy setup, but it wasn’t. Eli acted stupid and immature, and I simply couldn’t like him. He made so many mistakes that I had real trouble believing he is a good Dom. Why Jaord stays with him wasn’t really clear for me. I would’ve told him to go learn how to treat another person, sub or not, and then come back. Sadly, K.C. and Parker gave away so many chances of making this a truly beautiful story.
Yes, Eli grew and started to realize what he had in Jarod, and Jarod in turn starts to trust his new, younger Dom, but still, for me the damage was done. I tried to like it, I really did, but this book only earned 3.5 stars from me.
I’ve been looking forwad to Dorian’s story. I knew there was more to the character than being the resident pain slut at Collars & Cuffs, but I never expected the reason for his search. He’s looking for something only one man can give him– Alan, a bit of a sadist. He gets off from making Dorian suffer, in a really loving way. That sounds odd, but once you read Make Me Soar, you know what I’m talking about. Dorian needs it, the being kept on the edge, denied pleasure, until he can let go and feel. I can honestly say I never read such a good book about a sadist, about someone who likes to see someone suffer, but loves him on the other side and does it for his partner as well.
What was a bit stange for me was that Alan started very soon after Dorian got hurt to play with him. I understood why it was necesary, but for me, it was rushed. In my eyes, he would’ve needed more time to heal, come to terms with what happened. He gets some time, but it still felt rushed.
That makes 4,5 Stars from me
This book wasn’t what I expected. I somehow thought Jeff would come to love submission, but boy, was I wrong. This story is different, but a good different. The whole concept of Domestic Discipline isn’t mine, but I understood why it worked so well in this story.
Jeff is someone who get’s another chance, when he’s given up all hope, but there are times when he stumbles and falls. There are times when the demons win, when he can’t go on.
Damian keeps his cool (at least on the outside) and he helps Jeff come to understand that he is a good man. He helps him to love himself again and understands in the process what kind of Dom he is (or isn’t)
5 stars from me
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I needed some time to warm up the the characters, not because they weren’t likeable, but because they hadn’t appeared (much) in the other books, but it was hot and I loved it. It’s thrilling with the danger Andrew finds himself in, and Gareth’s submission is just breathtaking. As is his dance… (Nope, not spoiling here). Read it for yourself.
Yes, this is a short review, but I said everything I wanted to say. 🙂
Ben isn’t exactly looking for a submissive, but when Scott falls into his life, he simply can’t walk away. The young man needs help, and he needs a place to stay. With Ben to be precise. What I didn’t expect was for Ben to be so stubbornly proud. There are occassions when you have to swallow your pride and accept help. Ben hasn’t learned it before, but he will have to, if he wants to keep Scott in his life. They grow together, as Dom and sub and as couple.
Scott never experienced love or apprival from his parents, so he seeks it elsewhere. His decision to come to the UK is stupid, but understandable. It’s his luck Ben finds him in time. With his Dom, he finds everything he yearned for–and more.
I had to resist the urge to yell at my e-reader a couple of times, especially when Ben was too blind to see what was going on, but that only means I was engrossed in the story.
5 Stars from me
Rescued from an abusive man, Peter needs some time to trust again, but when he does, it’s beautiful. The 30-year age gap isn’t my personal favorite, since it’s just soooo big, but it worked well in this story. Peter is a beautful young man and it’s awesome to see him grow and find joy agian.
Thomas on the other side is a strong character who’s still insecure like everyone else. He’s understandable, easy to like and just pleasant to read about. I’m just glad this series has a few more books to come, so I can read more about this adorable couple.
The pace is much slower than in An Unlocked Heart, but it fits the characters perfectly.
My rating: 5 Stars
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.
Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?
I got a tattoo last week and somehow, I thought it would be a good idea to read something that would catch my attention and keep me entertained during the long appointment (I can’t talk much, since my artist works on my back). It was not one of my better ideas. All the time, I feared my artist would look over my shoulder and faint, leaving me with a huge, black line over my back (spoiler: everything went well.) I also couldn’t bring myself to switch book and leave this beautiful world KC Wells creates. Then I had to tell my artist a couple of times my goose bumps were because it was cold even when I wasn’t. I also experienced hot flushes that had nothing to do with the needle on my back.
The connection between Leo and Alex was stunning, even though they annoyed me when they were dancing around their feelings without noticing their love. Unlocked Heart is a beautiful lovestory about two men who need each other, told beautifully by a very talented author.
5 Stars from me.