Forgive Us by Lynn Kelling ~ Review by Caroline

The dark and complex third book in the Forgive Us Series.

Young sporty man over Smoke.Title: Forgive Us

Author: Lynn Kelling

Publisher: Fantastic Fiction

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

To everyone else, Trace is an enigmatic and carefully controlled Dominant. He runs Diadem, a private BDSM club and is a Master and mentor to his fellow Doms and their lovers—Gabriel, Darrek, Ben, and Kyle—while trying to be Master and lover for Micah. Trace is the one they all depend on to step in when anything or anyone threatens his closest friends.

But even Trace is in over his head when haunting events of the past endanger all their lives. Trace is forced to call on old connections for help from the world he tried to leave behind—the Master’s Circle in England. Tensions rise to a fever pitch as Trace’s hidden truths shake up the lives of everyone in his tangled, tight-knit family. (M/M+)

My View

So this is book 3 in the Forgive Us series and the story of Trace. Trace is like the daddy of the group, the protector and a man with a dark and sometimes sordid past who hasn’t put it all behind him quite as much as he thinks.  As always with these men it in complicated and interwoven so really the story is about all of them.

If you haven’t read book 1 and 2 you really need to. This is not a book you can just jump into and understand. The background and the characters are important not only for the continuing story but to better understand Trace.

I would also suggest you read Don’t and Antidote by Jack L Pyke. The 2 authors have struck genius and merged their characters and worlds. A lot of Forgive Us revolves around a visit from Gray, Jack and Jan. If you have read Antidote you will remember they left to visit America for a week. Well in Forgive Us we find out exactly what happened. Gray is still as dark as ever and played a huge part in Traces past and when he leaves after a week nothing is quite the same. It feels like it has been left open for further ‘get togethers’ for these characters which is exciting!

Trace was a punk as a teen and got caught up with things he would have been better avoiding. He worked for 10 years for The Company and it sucked his life and soul out. He meets Gray through the Masters Circle in London and although he gets a little bit of himself back he loses his heart to the cold Master Dom.

Starting a new life in America he meets Ben and together they create Diadem, a private BDSM club. There are a lot of characters and relationships to keep up with in this series and it can sometimes feel a little confusing. We already know that Ben has claimed Kyle as his sub and Gabriel is settled with his sub Darrek. Trace has got himself involved with a married couple, Micah and Lil, and that is proving more complicated than he planned as he has fallen in love with Micah.

Kyle and Darrek are still having problems and someone from their past is stirring things up. Gabriel still needs help from Ben and Trace to get over his childhood abuse and although Harry was taken care of there is still someone playing with all their minds. We also find out just how Gray was involved in things after Harry was left tattooed by Trace, Micah and Ben.

This is a complex book about broken characters who leave you feeling sometimes as though the trauma of their pasts is too big to recover from. There is literally never a dull moment with danger seeming to pop up out of nowhere ensuring they never get any peace.

When Gray, Jan and Jack arrive it leaves Trace thinking about his past and in danger of falling apart. There is a lot left unsaid about what exactly they are involved in but it is obviously not yet over and there is more danger to come. We don’t know who is responsible for the disappearance of Traces contacts or what this will mean for the man himself so it feels like being left hanging off a cliff. I am sitting fidgeting for the next installment.

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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.


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One thought on “Forgive Us by Lynn Kelling ~ Review by Caroline

  1. WOW! I haven’t heard of this series, will be added it my list, starting bk one and looking up the other one as well.
    Thx for adding that

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