Review: Christa Tomlinson – The Detective’s Pleasure (Cuffs, Collars, and Love #2)

Author: Christa Tomlinson
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Torlina
Genre: MM

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ 

4.5
Summary: “You’ll kneel for me without me having to tell you to. And when you do, you’ll feel so much better. Trust me.”
– Detective Sam Roberts

Officer Ryan Bennett: Ambitious and smart, Ryan Bennett is a young officer on Houston’s police force. He’s pursuing his dream of being promoted to the city’s elite SWAT team with a single mindedness that won’t accept any outcome but success. But that isn’t his only dream. Ryan wants more than a coveted position on SWAT. He wants to be owned by a strong Dominant. To give himself up to a Dom who will make him shudder with pleasure beneath a firm yet loving hand. Unfortunately, Ryan has had nothing but failure in that part of his life. Now, he’s hidden that dream away from everyone, including himself. And he refuses to let anyone close enough to see what he truly desires, and who he truly is.

Detective Sam Roberts: Cool and calm, Detective Sam Roberts is good at reading people, during the day as a detective and at night as a Dom. He easily sees past the hard layer of arrogance surrounding Officer Ryan Bennett to the hurt submissive hiding beneath. He wants to help Ryan, even though the stubborn young man resists him. But Sam isn’t one to back down from a challenge. He’s determined to help Ryan embrace the soft, giving nature of his submissive side. Using both a gentle hand and the sting of the whip, he’ll work to coax Ryan’s submission free. But what will Sam do if he’s successful? Let Ryan go as promised? Or give the young officer the very thing he’s wanted for so long?

The Detective’s Pleasure is Book Two in the Cuffs, Collars, and Love series and is the follow up to the best-selling m/m romance, The Sergeant. If you love romance that is epic, emotional and erotic, you’ll want to give this series a read!

Review: This is the sequel to The Sergeant, where we first met Ryan and I know I didn’t like him very much. He’s still kind of a jerk through much of this story but I liked seeing Sam uncover the motivations driving him to act that way. Just like the determination Ryan has for getting onto a SWAT team, he has a very hard time with changing his focus or failing at anything. His stubbornness and pride were carried almost to the point of ridiculousness and for a while, it was hard to see why Sam persisted.
Sam is the type of Dom I like to read about though. He’s sort of the wise, all-knowing Dom type, but Ryan didn’t have any deep psychological issues, so is wasn’t used as a cure for anything, just for prying his head out of his butt. Their scenes were great, with moderate BDSM and nothing too extreme, although Ryan’s a little bit of a pain slut. The SWAT action scenes and the mystery surrounding the prank calls added a lot of interest, also complementing the issues that Sam was working out with Ryan. It’s a interesting association balanced between the two plot lines.
This is my second reading and I do prefer this book to The Sergeant, which was good, but this one is better in my eyes. I liked the BDSM relationship being focused on more, because unlike Clay, Ryan desperately wanted a strong Dom of his own. It seems to follow all the correct rules of BDSM and it’s not just an excuse for rough sex. It’s integral to the plot and isn’t always about the actual sex act. I’d recommend this book for anyone having at least some familiarity with BDSM, at least reading it, who also enjoys police action and hurt/comfort stories.

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