Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shaded Chains by Jack L. Pyke Blog Tour

“Say my fucking name.”

Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little... dangerous, his methods are a little... dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a short read, mostly covering a particular incident, but the intensity is built up effectively by giving us the back story as we go along. I particularly liked the links (pun intended) between the chains, the men and the father, and the art.

The relationship between Alex and Ross is many years old, and yet they still maintain a distance at Alex's workplace – this places a pressure on them which, for the smallest of reasons, overflows into a major catastrophe. It relates to a name used, and in fact the titles used through the story are used very effectively to demarcate the current relationship mode of the men. I found the Edinburgh evening's events a little confusing, but in a way it added to the feeling of dissonance and need to make things right.

A short, but satisfying read, with some original BDSM play.

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M/M BDSM light

Alex and Ross were an odd couple. This was a very short, very under-developed story. Ross is dealing with a father who is in the middle stages of dementia. He is struggling with knowing that his father not only doesn't recognize him, but can no longer do the one thing that brought him so much joy – draw. During one of Alex's shifts, the "big event" happens, and what ensues is best described as a high school temper tantrum.

Ross not only throws the biggest tantrum, but he does so in spectacular fashion. The "trust" that is supposed to be in a BDSM Dom/sub relationship is nonexistent in this story. There is barely any chemistry between the two characters.

I think that this could have been a great story but it was either too short or the characters weren't strong enough to stand on their own. I'm not quite sure.

I tried really hard to connect with Alex and Ross and I just couldn't. I am not sure if it was because the book was only 100 pages or if it was the author’s writing style. I just couldn't get any kind of connection and I wasn't invested in their story. Ross gets ticked off over a pencil, mind you it does have special meaning, but Alex was at work and had a job to do when it went missing. When Ross got mad and didn't come home after his trip for work, I thought how childish of him. Then the way Ross decided to say he was sorry. I get it, that is what Ross thought would work, but honestly, in the Dom/sub relationship communication is a must and Ross and Alex's relationship didn't have much of that. I am sure others will really enjoy this book, it just wasn't for me.

Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

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