Saturday, October 22, 2016

Role Play by Morticia Knight

Some like it rough…

Hollywood photographer, Terry Patterson, loves his job. But when it comes to romance, there is none – at least not anymore. Ever since producer, Phil Watts, abruptly left for a high-paying job in Toronto, Terry’s been determined to move on with his life. After all, they’d barely begun their relationship when everything got derailed. Just because he’s still in love with Phil after three years, shouldn’t it be time for him to finally let go?

Phil has learned the hard way that work and career is one thing, having someone by your side to love and cherish is another. The producing gig in Toronto left him cold and lonely, but a fateful meeting one night at a bar was a game-changer. Now that’s he’s back in town, Phil is ready to take the knowledge he gained while being trained as a lifestyle Master, and is determined to claim his boy.

Something about Phil seems different when Terry reluctantly gives into his pleas for them to meet. Terry isn’t sure whether to believe Phil’s promises that this time Terry’s heart will be safe, but he can’t deny the intensity of the chemistry they still share. When Phil reveals all, Terry is shocked, yet curious. As they discuss whether or not Terry is willing to try a relationship as a sub to Phil’s Dom, one thing in particular piques Terry’s curiosity. Phil mentions role play, and there’s a fantasy Terry has always had, but been way too embarrassed to ever confess.

Will Phil agree to satisfy Terry’s darkest fantasy?

Role Play is Book 1 in the Play Series, however, there is an HEA with no cliffhanger. Phil and Terry’s exploration into their new life together will continue in Book 2.

Warning: This story is intended for a mature audience and contains explicit content between consenting adults. There is also rough, fantasy role play that might be upsetting to some readers.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
3.5 stars
Triggers: Unwanted attention from a non-lover, consensual rape scene

I normally love Morticia Knight books – but this seems like it was not her style.

Phil and Terry are kind of an odd couple. It is hinted that they had a great relationship; one that would have lasted them a lifetime. But, when Phil is given an amazing opportunity, he leaves Terry behind without a second thought.

Three years have passed. Terry is a successful photographer who is trying to continue on with his life, but not doing it very successfully – he's existing, but not really living. Also, he's on edge when he has to work with an "up and coming" actor, Anson, who is slipper and slimy.

Phil comes back hoping to rekindle things with Terry now that he has figured out that he is a dom. He believes that Terry is a sub, based on how their relationship roles were before, and is almost desperate in his attempt to see if Terry wants to try again – can trust Phil again.

This is where I have my largest qualm with this book – Terry instantly forgives – after three years of no contact, he's just ready to jump head first again. And, while I don't believe in punishing unnecessarily, it seems that there should have been more of a developing story. Not only does Terry forgive, but he tells Phil a secret fantasy of being forced by a stranger – a role that Phil takes and runs with. Now, while this isn't super graphic, there are implications for future book storylines and scenes.

Another aspect that seemed strange was the ending. Now, while I can see that there is going to be at least one more book, the ending to this one was so abrupt that I had to go back and make sure that I hadn't missed anything. This just wasn't the type of writing or story that I had come to expect from Knight. I am hoping that the second installment goes better.

This book was just okay for me. In some aspects, it had too many details and then in others, it didn’t have enough. There were also spans of time not covered and just jumped to, that seemed to bother me as well. I love the author and I am hoping the next installment is better.

Characters: Well written and easy to relate to
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M BDSM
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Having read many D/s books, I have mixed views about the storyline, but am looking forward to reading the next installment to see how the relationship has progressed. Terry has been avoiding relationships, since the then cavalier Phil just upped and left him. It is hardly surprising that when Phil returns Terry is somewhat sceptical, yet loving him still, he tries Phil's suggested solution. Here is where I had a few hiccups. It was clear that Terry is by nature submissive, but he has to moderate his behaviour and desires a lot, and whilst Phil wasn't aggressive, he was persistent. That said, given Terry's fantasy scene, he wanted to be pushed... And that is one of the really good things about the story, that it made me really think about just exactly what was going on...

So, curious to get to the next in the series.

M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers - but they're all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms, The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey's story from Rockin' the Alternative and Dylan and Zero from Biking Bad.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Role Play (Play #1) by Morticia Knight to read and review.

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