Love Hurts Series (Books 1 & 3) by Eva Lefoy ~ Book Review by Christine

lovehurts1 Title: Love Hurts Series (Books 1 & 3)

Author: Eva Lefoy

Publisher: MLR Press

Cover Artist: Deana Jamroz

Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Sex, Ties, and Videotape (Book 1):

A missed trip to Paris results in two long-time casual friends finding BDSM heaven instead.

Geoffrey begged his ex boyfriend, Brian, for some bondage, not public humiliation on YouTube. On Valentine’s Day, he runs into Brian’s best friend Paul, who seems intent on righting Brian’s wrongs. But trusting Paul means Geoffrey has to come clean with his needs … and his feelings.

Paul sees Geoffrey in the bar and knows this is his chance to convince him he’s nothing like Brian. He starts slow and safe, setting strict ground rules. But when Geoffrey insists on a reenactment of the same dom-play Brian used to hurt him, is a safeword enough to protect their fledgling love?

Dom of Destruction (Book 3):

After a sadistic Dom wreaks havoc on one of their own, four men pull together to find happiness in the wake of his destruction.

When new and impulsive sub,Brian is injured in a bad scene, the incident opens old wounds for his sometimes-Dom, Gar. While doling out revenge, Gar must come to terms with his fear of relationships and learn the shocking truth about his former lover, Angel. Meanwhile, Paul’s uncontrolled jealousy of Brian comes to light and Geoffrey threatens to cancel their engagement if he won’t get his anger under control. In different ways the aftermath of the sadistic Dom’s destructive force puts these four men on the track to future happiness, but some will suffer more scars than others.

Warning: The MC in this story is baited into a scene of BDSM play and is abused.

Christine’s View:

Note: This review is for Book 1, Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Book 3, Dom of Destruction, of the Love Hurts Series. I strongly recommend that all three books be read in sequence in order to gain better understanding of character relationships and for continuity of the story. This series mainly revolves around four characters: Doms Paul and Gar, and their subs Geoffrey and Brian. Book 1 is basically Paul and Geoffrey’s story, while most of the action in Book 3 centers on Brian and Gar.

In Sex, Ties, and Videotape, Geoffrey is trying to overcome the humiliation and pain of his recent break-up with his ex, Brian. He runs into Paul, a friend of many years, and the two begin a cautious relationship as Geoffrey attempts to trust again. In Dom of Destruction, Geoffrey and Paul return home from a trip to Paris to discover that Geoffrey’s ex, Brian, has become a sub for Gar, another Dom at their BDSM club. When Brian acts upon his impulsive nature, however, tragedy ensues and leaves all four men to deal with the results of a brutal assault.

This is an interesting series centered around two very different BDSM relationships. I felt that Geoffrey and Paul had the most solid and well represented of the two partnerships as told in Sex, Ties, and Videotape. Their backstory, though not fully developed, lent an air of familiarity and an existing level of trust that helped to validate their venture into a D/s relationship together. Clear boundaries were determined, safewords established, and constant communication was maintained during their scenes. The onset of their intimate connection felt a bit rushed and their romance somewhat contrived and reactionary, however. The results of Paul’s anger issues were over the top and rather off-putting. This tended to overshadow Geoffrey’s character, not allowing enough of him to shine from the page with traits of his own.

Dom of Destruction centers around Geoffrey’s ex, Brian, and his new Dom, Gar. When Brian seeks instant gratification after only one scene as a sub and ends up brutally beaten as a result, we see yet another angry Dom take action in a rather unrealistic manner. Gar has a similar history with a man named Angel, and this might help to explain the rage he feels and the need to seek justice. However, the histories of these men are not developed enough for me to truly connect with them and to understand their extreme behaviors. Gar and Brian only have one prior scene in the second book, and suddenly they are possessive and obsessive to the point of volatility. I felt that their relationship had little foundation, and I had a hard time suspending reality enough to believe in its intensity and validity. I appreciated how Gar revisits his past in order to come to terms with his reactions and to explain some of his anger and possessiveness. However, any revelations were rushed and simplistic and left me unsatisfied.

That being said, I do feel that this series has a solid framework with interesting characters and relationships. The editing is clean, and the writing is clear and descriptive. Though I feel that certain story elements and details needed to be expanded upon or honed in order to make events more believable, the plot itself is fairly compelling and has good potential.

Buy Links

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

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