You know how when you read a book and you have a ‘meh’ feeling or you think ‘that’s nice’ or whatever, then you read a book and you think ‘WOW’ and the next thing you know you’ve finished said book because you couldn’t put it down? That’s what happened to me when I picked up Uneven. I picked it up because I was bored with the other one I’m reading thinking, ‘I’ll just read a chapter or two’ which led to all of the chapters. My status update at 6% was, “Damn… shouldn’t have waited so long to read this.” That’s how quickly it happened.
Author: Anah Crow
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
Rase Illion is a middle-aged captain of industry, a restrained man with a spotless reputation just emerging from the shadow of his vicious, driven father. Since his father’s death, Rase has been living like the old man was still alive, keeping up appearances with his trophy wife and appropriately luxurious house. Which is when Rase meets Gabriel. Gabriel loses his temper during his first meeting with Rase and lashes out, which unleashes Rase’s carefully hidden submissive and masochistic tendencies. His encounter with Gabriel snaps Rase out of his sleepwalking life, and he sets about remaking his world in his own way. Rase isn’t the only one shaken by their encounter, though. Can he convince Gabriel to give their relationship a chance?
Uneven is unconventional to be sure. I’d be willing to bet there are a large portion of people who will hate it, another that will be repulsed by it, a large contingent that will call it abusive or unhealthy and then a niche group who will think it’s fantastic. I’m in the later group. Uneven isn’t a fluffy-feel-good read, as a matter of fact it kind of smacks you in the mouth and drags you along behind.
“There didn’t seem to be enough pain in the world for him sometimes.”
Rase is a masochist. A hardcore masochist. He has been for a very long time. When he was much younger his masochism led him to a dungeon and he left said dungeon on a stretcher. Once his father found out not only what happened but that it was another man that inflicted the damage, thereafter Rase was under his father’s thumb. He forced him to marry not once but twice, all while continuing to revile him. Rase was never good enough. That sort of extended neglect and loathing will leave an indelible mark on anyone’s psyche. Rase is no exception. Rase hates his needs-thinks he’s damaged, defective, unworthy, sick which makes his interactions with Gabriel a double edged sword.
“Maybe he just needed reassurance from someone, anyone, that is was okay for him to be like this.”
As many of you know I’m fascinated by BDSM, sadomasochism in particular. I’m not sure I would be interested in trying it but never say never and all that. What fascinates me is what it fulfills in people, why the need it, who are they, what do they do, how did they get there and what their inner musings are about it. Considering our own set of experiences and perspectives add to the patina of the lens through which we view any situation, the permutations all endless. This particular permutation resonated with me for three reasons: (a) I’m a sucker for the oppressed; (b) I especially enjoyed the fact that Gabriel is about half Rase’s age; (c) the power dynamics are well, uneven. Rase has immense wealth whereas Gabriel is floating around from odd job to odd job for now.
“Life was better upside down.”
Gabriel breezes into Rase’s life and turns it upside down with one amazing encounter. It’s funny how one seminal event can turn your whole world on its ear. Uneven is nowhere near BDSM 101. There’s no negotiating, no contract, nothing. Gabriel saw “it” in Rase’s eyes and the game was on. I’m sure if Rase had balked Gabriel would’ve back off. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Gabriel and Rase give each other precisely what they need which equates to some pretty intense degradation and pain-the perfect symbiosis. It’s purely speculation on my part since Uneven is told entirely through Rase, but I believe Gabriel is struggling with his own needs as well.
Gabriel definitely has baggage but who doesn’t. He’s hard to read oftentimes, but it’s clear he’s been hurt by someone. Anyone who goes from being a lawyer to a pool boy has got a story to tell.
Their relationship unfolds over a few months. I wouldn’t categorize it as instalove but instaneed. That need propels them forward. They’re powerless to stop it or stay away from each other. One of the things I liked best was the simplicity of their sadomasochism. I found myself unexpectedly enjoying the lack of St. Andrews crosses, pillories, stocks and the like. It’s just them a belt and some nipple clamps. No intimidating dungeons. No outfits. No titles. It was refreshing and… clean, straightforward.
I fell hard for Rase. He’s a wonderfully complex character. He’s rational, steady and absolutely adorable when nervous. Plus he begs so sweetly with his soft voice, on his knees… Jesus… God. *deep breath* After the momentous event, he realizes that he’s been sleepwalking through life and decides to make amends and rid himself of baggage. I was so moved by the fact that all of these people in his life that he’s systematically shuttled to the periphery in his isolation and loneliness, all care deeply for him and are ready and willing to be a part of his life again; funny how numbness can blind you to what’s right in front of you.
“The best thing that can happen to anyone is that they get to be themselves.”
Uneven will not be easy for some to take, but it will make you feel something. This I guarantee. Now, whether it’s something good or something bad is entirely dependent upon your own unique perspective. There are some minor typos which didn’t at all detract from my enjoyment of this book, as if you couldn’t glean that already. And I haven’t even mentioned the sexy times! I… really I have no words. There are so many scenes to choose from; some of the best masturbation scenes I think I’ve ever read.
“Maybe you should wait.” Gabriel bit Rase’s ear and made him whimper in spite of himself. “I like seeing you hard, I love how wet you get.” Rase almost missed the turn onto his street. “It’s really fucking hot. You have no idea how much it turns me on to watch your cock drip while I’m beating you; I know it hurts and you’re still so hard.”
I think anyone who enjoys BDSM will enjoy Uneven.
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