Cleave by Mickie B Ashling ~ Book Review by Caroline

13605187 Title: Cleave

Author: Mickie B Ashling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Sequel to Vessel On New Year’s Eve, Cole Fujiwara stands vigil at his father’s deathbed while his surrogate wife, Noriko, gives birth to twins. As Cole contemplates his future, he acknowledges that he’s living his father’s dream… and that he’s probably destroyed his chance at happiness with Sloan, the love of his life. Finding harmony in an emerging D/s relationship has not been without issue for Sloan Driscoll and his Master, Trent Hamilton. Their journey has been littered with mishaps, but their powerful love and sexual connection continue to bind them together-until Sloan comes face to face with Cole for the first time in nine months. The meeting means different things to each of them. To Cole, it’s the first step on the path to a reunion. To Sloan, it’s a terrible mistake, one he confesses immediately. As for Trent, the bitter realization that a connection between the former lovers still exists forces him to issue an ultimatum. Is Sloan willing to do anything to prove their relationship is worth saving, including becoming Trent’s 24/7 slave? And if Sloan stays with Trent, how can Cole ever hope to find happiness again?

Caroline’s View:

The surrogate wife is due to give birth and Cole should be over the moon as he finally get wants he wants after giving up so much but he is not in a happy place. His father is dying and he is feeling confused and resentful.

Sloan is still not responding the way he expects him to and seems to be happy in a new relationship with Trent.
Trent and Sloan are working out the parameters of their new D/s relationship and everything is rosy and right until Sloan meets his ex at the funeral parlour and the lines become blurred once again. Sloan is nothing but honest and goes straight to Trent to confess his error. He is left having to decide how important Sloan is to him and whether he can tolerate a 24/7 slave relationship until their problems have been resolved.

Cole seems stuck in the past and is still trying to have his cake and eat it. His treatment of Sloan with regards to how he sees their relationship going forward cheapens everything they ever had. As Sloan had warned him months before the surrogate mother starts making demands and will not be easily fobbed off. I am still amazed at Cole’s utter selfishness to get what he wanted!

Whilst Sloan works on gaining Trent’s trust Cole is at home with 2 babies and stuck in a loveless and sexless marriage. Depression slowly creeps in and he finally seems to come to his senses and realise just how badly he has treated the man who was once his world. His entire situation is out of control and he makes a decision that is incredibly stupid but also turns out to be the start of his recovery.

Getting Cole healthy and making him finally realise that their relationship is over allows Sloan to start building a platonic friendship with his ex. Although still not a fan of Cole’s after his selfish behaviour it was good to see him getting help to be well and finally taking back control of his life. His parents and his own bad behaviour and disregard for anyone else’s feelings ended up nearly killing him.

It finished right before the wedding!!! Ahhhh….waiting for book 4!!

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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