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.
This was an incredibly intense read both mentally and physically and I'm literally exhausted after reading it. As a reader of a few books based in the world of BDSM I thought I knew what to expect, but this book completely caught me off guard. The scenes were of a level I never read before and won't be something I soon forget. And with this being the first book in the Power Play series this experience isn't over yet.
Jonathon and Brandon's relationships starts off innocently enough with a drink at a bar where Brandon clearly seems to be the one in control, but things soon change completely and Brandon's forced into a subservient role to Jonathon to get what he needs to take over the company he works for. Their time together doesn't go as either planned due to neither of them being truly honest with each other and it's only at the end of the story where there's finally hope for the two of them to have a mutually satisfying relationship with each other.
Even after reading this story I still don't understand the desire of participating in a BDSM lifestyle, especially for someone like Brandon who was mentally and physically abused by his father. To put himself in a similar situation will either end up being a mistake or being very therapeutic for him. Jonathon too was a conundrum that I don't have any better understanding of from when I first started reading. He seemed caring one moment then cold the next and I'm hoping that the next installment will dig deeper into his psyche now that these two have come to a better understanding.
This is definitely not a book for the weak of heart. Having an open mind is a necessity to immerse yourself in the world presented here, an intensely emotional world nicely balanced with the physical aspects. It's an intriguing and thought provoking story that has me wanting to come back for more and hopefully gain more insight into this lifestyle.
My rating for this is a B-
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