Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ben by JP Barnaby in the Survivor Stories Bundle

From her perch on a shelf above my bed, the doll accuses me with lifeless eyes of failing Juliette in the most heinous way imaginable, forcing me to crave the bite of his whip and the steel in his voice to drown out the ache in my chest.

For his entire life, Benjamin Martin’s parents drilled into his head that he must watch out for his little sister, but one horrific night, he failed. Now, the bite of a whip, cuffs digging into his wrists, his arms and legs stretched beyond endurance, these things give him what he needs to forget his sister’s violent death, at least for a while.

When Ben’s latest Dom casts him aside like a broken toy, he manipulates his best friend, Jude Archer, into picking up the pieces. Jude has been in love with Ben for years, but his fantasies about his friend never included whipping him. He doesn't understand why Ben needs BDSM and he worries about Ben’s addiction. Most of all, he fears losing his humanity because he’s already lost himself in Ben. When he’s forced to trade the marks upon his soul for the pain that ravages Ben, Jude learns the real definition of submission.

First Edition published as Painting Fire on the Air by Dreamspinner Press, September 2013.

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Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M BDSM Romance
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Ben is struggling after the murder of his sister. He sees his dom, Kage, in order to make the nightmares about his sister disappear. Ben is barely surviving and he is too afraid to tell his best friend, Jude, about his struggles.

Jude is just hopeful that Ben will look at him in a way that gives their relationship room to grow. They had one night where they went further, but then Ben shut the door on that type of relationship again.

Ben and Jude struggle through their friendship to find more. Ben is constantly trying to fight the nightmares and Jude just wants his friend to not be sad any more. It's a battle between them. Ben is very manipulative of Jude and I didn't really like the dynamic between the two of them. I found that Ben's constant need was almost in a whiny manner and that he wasn't truly invested in a relationship with Jude so much as he was invested in finding someone who can take away the bad dreams.

Overall, this was a slight disappointment because it felt forced.

JP BARNABY, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro, who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge-watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of sci-fi and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ben (Survivor Stories #2) by JP Barnaby in the Survivor Stories bundle to read and review.

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