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Take Me, Break Me by H.C. Brown

Take Me, Break MeTake Me, Break Me by H.C. Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Reno Rocket, bass player for the rock band Dazed, thinks he’s on the straight and narrow but is his girlfriend just a cover for his confused sexuality? When the new lead singer, Tanner Star, walks in, Reno’s libido snaps to attention. His attraction to the famous rock star is immediate and disconcerting. Performing with Tanner every night blows Reno’s mind, and the moment Tanner grinds against him on stage, “curious” takes on a whole new meaning.

Tanner wants more than a lover. He wants a sub, and he’s willing to guide Reno into the world of BDSM. In turn, Reno wants to be everything to Tanner—lover, sub, and partner—but he fears the ghost of Tanner’s dead boyfriend will come between them.

At first they manage to find a balance and life is idyllic… until one rash action by Tanner plunges their new love affair into chaos. Will Reno admit to the world that he’s gay and face the media and his family’s wrath, or will he deny the love and exquisite attention Tanner’s world has brought him?

So what did I think?

I didn’t mind this story and quite enjoyed the book but for me the realism about the dominant/submissive relationship was lacking which would be my main criticism. I liked the characters and the setting but Tanner as the Dom just wasn’t believable.

It was interesting to watch Tanner and Reno interact at the beginning of the book. Their discussions/negotiations about their relationship seem a bit off and all over the place but I liked seeing them together.

One of the issues I had with this book was that some statements are made about the characters which conflict with other statements or actions. For example, there is a comment about Reno..“For years, he had hovered on the edge of uncertainty about his sexuality.” He actually doesn’t seem that uncertain given he doesn’t have sexual thoughts about women and is intensely turned on by gay BDSM porn. And he’s quite comfortable with the concept of submission for a man who’s not sure of his sexuality.

Somehow there was a lack of believeability – when Reno first used the word “Master” it just seemed strange.I just didn’t find Tanner’s behaviour very dominant, maybe a bit of a case of talking the talk but not following through.

Overall, this was nice story with some hot sex but didn’t really deliver in terms of the BDSM relationship.

3 Stars

To find out more about H.C. Brown and her books visit her website.

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The Club Floggers Series by H.C. Brown

Vanilla Boy (Club Floggers, #1)A Dom's Revenge (Club Floggers, #2)Curious (Club Floggers, #3)Beg (Club Floggers, #4)

Wanted: Two Doms (Club Floggers, #5)Aiden's Training (Club Floggers, #6)

  • Two Doms
  • #1 Vanilla Boy – 80 pages
  • #2 A Dom’s Revenge – 22 pages
  • #3 Curious – 50 pages
  • #4 Beg – 31 pages
  • #5 Wanted: Two Doms – 23 pages
  • #6 Aiden’s Training – 30 pages
  • #7 Two Dom’s: One Pup – >50 pages

I’ve decided to review all the books in the Club Floggers series as a series rather than writing an individual review for each book. My reason for this is that I had similar feelings toward each story and they basically rated the same – 3 stars across the series. They are a collection of short stories, some a bit longer than others, with overlapping characters and set in the same club.

3 Stars

So what did I think?

I basically read these stories back to back since they were so short. Overall I enjoyed them but they were a little too short for my liking. I felt that there just wasn’t enough time to understand the characters and I really wanted to see more than just the sex, to know more about the men and what drove them and their desires. I felt it just skimmed the surface of the dominant and submissive nature.

I started the first book and had some doubts. Nash, the Dom, seemed to be a total asshole and I had no interest in seeing him win Paul over. However, as the story progressed he sort of grew on me. Throughout the series I struggled to become invested in the relationships (due to the short story length?) and so decided to just read the stories for what they were without trying to look for anything too deep or to question behaviours too much.

What I did enjoy was how many of the characters, both submissive and dominant, were from rock bands. I really like books with musicians! In fact I would have liked to have seen more of the rock star world beyond the bedroom or confines of Club Floggers.

These are stories definitely suited to someone who is looking for a quick read and to just dip a toe into a world of BDSM.

Now here’s the part I wasn’t too sure whether to include or not – the mention of price/value for money (which I don’t usually get into). But I have decided to mention it as I know some people buy books on my recommendation and I think should be fully informed. I got the first book free from ARE – which is fabulous so thanks to the publisher and the author! – and then bought the rest of the series. I am one of those readers with a compulsion to complete a series no matter what! All up, including the free book, I spent $12.94 on the books. They were priced at $1.99 and $2.99 each, and although the website had the word count for each story I didn’t pay it too much attention. So although I enjoyed reading the books, I don’t think the price for a 20/30 page book is good value. But I guess you can make up your own mind!

To find out more about H.C. Brown and her books visit her website.