Thursday, October 20, 2016

Slave Hunt by J.A. Rock

Thirty people. Two hours. Only the strong will survive.

When Riddle decides to put on a slave hunt, the Subs Club is on board. Tops hunting bottoms in the woods with paintball guns? Yes. Captives strung up on whipping posts, at the mercy of their captors? Hell yes.

But on the morning of the hunt, nothing’s going according to plan. Miles and Drix are at odds over Miles’s reluctance to move in together. Dave is determined to show up D, who thinks Dave won’t last two minutes in the woods. Gould finds himself torn between obeying his master’s orders and living out a longtime fantasy. And Kamen inadvertently becomes a double agent when he aligns himself with two different parties.

By the end of the hunt, alliances will be forged and broken, loyalties will be tested, relationships will be strengthened…and someone will barrel roll. Narrated by ten different characters, Slave Hunt tells the story of two hours in the woods that will change everyone forever. Or at least, remind them that love is the greatest victory of all.

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Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M, M/F/M, Dom – sub interactions
**This only has a minimal BDSM scene in the book, it is not like the other stories in this series**

First off, you should not read this story unless you have read the previous books in the series – you won't know the characters or their dynamic without doing so.

This was a fun read. It was a hunt between Doms and subs within their close knit group – it involved paint guns and whipping posts (only one was really used throughout the story) and it gave you some insight into each relationship.

I liked that you got to see the subs working together, apart, figuring out who to trust and who to run from. This was a somewhat truncated story, in that you jumped from character to character.

While the plot is self-explanatory, I think that this was a valuable addition to the series, despite it not being heavy on the relationships or sex. I think this "fun" game gave the reader more insight in to each pair, but on an individual level.

This was well developed and showed a great sense of imagination by Rock.

I have loved each book in this series – some more than others, but I’ve loved them all. There is a disturbingly real quality to the characters. They’re not perfect. They’re not the hottest guys ever. They’re not the most mature. They don’t have it all together. They don’t always make the best decisions. They’re conversations can be rather crude at times, but in the way that friends are comfortable talking about bodily functions with one another. Yet the core four who formed the original Subs Club – Dave, Miles, Kamen, and Gould – love each other in the way the closest of friends do. Even as each man found his perfect complement and the group grew, there were growing pains because they didn’t always understand what their friend saw in his soon-to-be partner or partners. Yet, for the most part, they remained supportive of one another.

Why am I telling you all this about the previous books in the series? So that I can stress why you really shouldn’t try to read Slave Hunt as a standalone. Strictly speaking, you may be able to enjoy it on its own. However, without having read the previous books, you’re going to miss out on a lot of the nuances in the relationships between the various characters. Yes, Rock does provide some contextual information as to who the characters are to one another, but I don’t think it’ll be enough for someone new to the series to appreciate the full impact of the discussions and incidents that take place in the book. There are conversations between the subs’ dominants that I never would have expected to take place. There’s a conversation between former play partners that help the sub realize that it’s not too late to make another life altering decision. There’s a “punishment” scene that is anything but, and it was fascinating to watch as the sub found a balance that he rarely finds without humiliation. Epiphanies are had by both subs and doms, and it was awesome to see them occur as these characters have stuck with me despite the months that have passed since reading their books.

I was ecstatic when I learned that Rock had written another installment in The Subs Club series because I was sad when I read 24/7 as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the gang. Now that I’ve finished reading Slave Hunt I’m left with two feelings. The first, that I’m sad to say goodbye again. The second, that I really hope that Rock’s muse speaks up again next year and we get Slave Hunt 2017 or some other event that will allow me to return to Riddle and hang out with the guys and gals of The Subs Club.

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including By His Rules, Take the Long Way Home, and, with Lisa Henry, The Good Boy and When All the World Sleeps. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Slave Hunt (The Subs Club #5) by J.A. Rock to read and review.

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