Review: K.C. Wells and Parker Williams – Endings and Beginnings (Collars and Cuffs #8)

51Kej2XB7TLAuthor: K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
Reviewer: Wendy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: BDSM

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Summary:
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

Review:
What a gorgeous cover and what a perfect end to a series that has been a favorite of mine! The kickoff to the series started with Dom/sub Leo and Alex (my personal favorites) and focused on a new couple with each subsequent installment. Book 8 is no different in that it brings Darren and JJ into focus; however, there’s lots of love and attention lavished on all of the prior couples in this final book and I was thrilled to have things turn out that way. It also means that it truly is best to read this series in order.

Through Darren and JJ in this book and all along the way, the authors subtly show us what I believe is the right way to approach a BDSM relationship – with responsibility, accountability, safety, respect, and an abundance of care that produced a mix of some of the best couple dynamics I’ve had the pleasure to read about.

Early in the series, there was an evil thread introduced that has been interwoven along the way. That storyline picked up in this book and took an interesting path before ultimately getting to resolution.

While the title clearly tells what to expect when reading this book (some new beginnings as well as some bittersweet endings), I’m reminded of a quote by Frank Herbert that said: “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” I will definitely be keeping that quote in mind when I think of this wonderful series and its beloved men. Their lives may have come to an end via the printed word; however, they’ll always live on in my mind’s eye and in my heart.

Thanks to the authors for eight incredible books – eight incredible stories. The pleasure was all mine!!!

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2 Comments

  1. Deborah J Burnham

    Since I lost my beloved husband to COPD I have a severe trigger to character deaths, especially when they have been important to the story. I am hesitant to read this last book. A private note would be appreciated.

  2. A favourite series, sad to see it end – must get this higher up the read list!

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