Author: J.A. Rock
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/22/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Things have been rocky lately for brat Jayk and his dominant partner Amon. Jayk, a college dropout, recently returned to school, while Amon, the HR director at a major financial firm, faces pressure at work. Their D/s partnership suffers as Jayk deals with his stress by acting out, and Amon deals with his by cracking down.
When Jayk and Amon wake one morning to find they’ve switched bodies, each is determined to prove he can handle his partner’s life for a day. But as the chaos builds, their swap proves more confusing, enlightening–and sexier–than they’d anticipated.
So, ya know how I like to include examples to demonstrate an author’s writing? Well, if I did that here, you’d be getting the first six pages of this story. Instead, here’s a passage from the middle of that sixth page, from Jayk’s point of view:
I thought I’d put age five almost twenty years behind me but apparently not. Apparently I was such a piss-poor excuse for an adult that Amon didn’t think twice about humiliating me in front of my newly sworn nemesis.
This scene is taking place in an office. A room filled with HR type people. A situation that normally screams for some humor but never gets it because, ya know, HR. Well, Rock says screw that, I’m setting this squabble twixt Jayk and Amon amongst office working people.
Meanwhile, the premise of this story is in the title. The execution is wonderfully brilliant in its humor, truth, and heart, and the imperfections inherent in all of these things.
Bonus awesomeness: we get this adventure in hilarity and heart from both Jayk and Amon’s points of view. To summarize, that’s Jayk as Amon, Amon as Jayk, as themselves, in each other’s bodies. Rock must have some serious smarts to keep track of this and have it all work, because it does.
As someone who is a scant number of years north of forty, I was able to enjoy this from both views. I remember what it felt like to be 24, newish into the world, and having a clue was a challenge I faced most days. And, obviously, I know what it’s like to be forty, not old (at all!) and yet old enough to look back on those twenties and think, oh my goodness, was I really that young and unaware and unsettled? I so enjoyed the equal opportunity chuckling thanks to both Jayk and Amon.
Rock has figured out how to display out here in the open what resides inside. Bringing the depths of the incredibly personal to the surface is tough. How does she do that? Sometimes I found myself sitting still, mesmerized by the raw intimacy I was witnessing, and recognizing, and loving.
Storytelling magic, which is so a thing, happens when you mix characters who know each other very well and an author who knows them just as well. Yup, storytelling magic be happening here. Jayk and Amon reminded me to try and put myself in someone else’s shoes, their mind and heart, even when not necessary, when not in crisis solving mode. I might just find even more to love, and remember why I love them and they love me.
What did I want my reflection to know? That we were both necessary. That the pain and stress of life was something we could share, like a home, like an income, like a future. Any time one of us tried to selfishly clutch his burden to his chest, the other had to be ready to tug his arms away and make him give it up.
Humor, heart, and truth: the trifecta of Rock’s storytelling talents. Add in dialogue that translates into a naturally rhythmic pace, entertaining supporting characters, and incredibly sexy spanking, flogging, and biting, and you know you’re going to enjoy this book again and again. And again.
Just know that Jayk and Amon are now forever marked as one of my favorite couples. ‘Nuf said.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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