Cat Grant & Rachel Haimowitz – Resistance (Power Play Book 1)

Author:  Cat Grant & Rachel Haimowitz
Reviewer: Cat
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: M/M BDSM
ISBN 13: 9781937551285

Rating: ★★★★★ 



Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted—and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.(Goodreads)



Wow!! That is the first thing that came to my mind when I finished this book. I am almost at a loss of how to write this review because I don’t think that anything I could say would do it justice. I have read several books by these two authors and have been very pleased with the quality work that they put out and I can honestly say they have out done themselves with this book. Brandon Mcinney is a man made hard and untrusting by the hand that life has dealt him. He has made his own way by his grit and will and has dreams of bettering his stance in life. An opportunity arises for him to do just that and he does everything he can to not let it pass him by. He meets Jonathan at a bar while having a bit of a pity party. At first Brandon assumes that Jonathan is a rich guy slumming it for the night and after a couple of drinks and Jonathan’s forwardness Brandon finds himself heading into the alley behind the bar for a quick bit of action. This is where things take off. Brandon was in for an eye opening experience that was about the change him forever. Brandon, who is sure of who himself finds that he might be mistaken. Jonathan is rough and hard with him during their encounter, being dominant and forceful to the point of pain. Brandon does not only accept Jonathan’s treatment but finds out that he likes it and wants it again.

Jonathan Watkins is a man who knows what he wants and is not afraid to go out and get and right now he wants Brandon. After their encounter in the alley he knows that he has made the right decision. He can see the untapped submissive in Brandon and is ready and willing to help set it free. The more time that he spends with Brandon the more the man surprises him and he is surer than ever that he wants Brandon. Jonathan strikes a deal with Brandon hoping that in this time he can get Brandon to trust him enough to unleash all of the potential that Jonathan can see in him. Jonathan unfortunately underestimated Brandon’s stubbornness and how deep the wounds of his past went.

This book is BDSM at its best. Jonathan is a Sadist, make no mistake about it. He has his toys and knows how to use them, whether for pleasure or punishment. This book is about the breaking and rebuilding of a stubborn, willful man (Brandon) who was abused when he was younger and can’t see past himself to just let go and trust. The descriptive way that the scenes are written is amazing. I understood why each character was doing what he was doing; the reaction and at times my feelings and emotions seemed to almost be entangled with theirs. I was drawn in and felt I had a vested interest in the outcome. I felt Jonathan’s need to just want to end it all with Brandon. His frustrations and wanting to do whatever had to be done to get Brandon to quit for his own good and go home. But I also understood Brandon’s rebelliousness, the need to just do what he wanted, when he wanted to do it. His “F*ck you” to Jonathan and his rules. My heart broke for both characters.


The authors do a marvelous job of conveying their story to the reader. I was caught right from the beginning all the way to the end. I was hoping that this book would not end and was upset when it did. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

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