Author: Jack L Pyke
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/19/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly
In the aftermath of Jack Harrison’s release from the psychiatric unit, Gray Raoul’s first instinct is to take brutal revenge on the one responsible for financing Jack’s and Jan’s torturous psychological reconditioning. However, that person is a plays the game dangerously well, knows exactly how to manipulate everyone in Gray’s life. To help negotiate this delicate situation, Gray contacts Trace and his ex-Diadem Dom, Gabriel Hunter. But the more Gray seems to regain control, the clearer it becomes that there’s something not quite right about Jan Richards. Jan quickly unravels, taking Jack and Gray with him, and bringing out one particularly deadly player, Gray’s left with one last defence: break Jack down in order to partner up with his alter ego, Martin. But once freed, Martin has plans of his own, and he wants to make it personal with Gray. Complete trust between Master and sub, between Gray and Jack, will be tested to the absolute limit. (M/M)
FINALLY Gray’s story! If you are a fan of the Don’t… series then you will realise how huge it is that we finally see how this man thinks and works. Take your seat and strap yourself in as this is one hell of a bumpy ride! BUT is this Gray’s story really or does it belong to Martin?
I went into Backlash excited, scared and absolutely convinced that it was the last book in this phenomenal series. Without giving too much away I can tell you that whilst reading it I was actually excited, often scared and by the time I got to the end I was straight on to the author to check that there would in fact be another book. She assured me there was another one to come and I stepped back from the ledge!
I’m not sure what to say about Jack L Pyke’s writing except that her mind must actually be a rather scary place. In Backlash she has brought together so many parts of the story, ones in which we would have never known held any relevance, and tied them all up to give us a very clever plot. I feel like I read the first three books partially blind, didn’t retain all of the important parts, and then had them all chucked back at me in this one. Honestly, the way it all comes together and is all intertwined is pure bloody genius!
It felt right to hear the story from Gray’s POV this time round. Here is a man that is used to being in charge. Here is a Master Dom that always takes control and looks after what is his. Here is a lover who keeps those most precious to him safe. Here is the man who lost everything, lived through his sub and lover being raped and walked away from the MC. Gray is a man haunted by his past, present and future and he’s not holding it together as much as you think.
Jack and Jan are still in full recovery mode at the start of Backlash and Gray is doing everything he can to support them, it’s difficult as both have such different needs, and Gray wants nothing more than to charge the world and make those responsible pay. Although they all struggle Jan is having a particularly hard time and the more he struggles the more all three of them spiral together. There is no right or wrong in this relationship but they are so fractured there is very little of their relationship left.
The plot is complicated and will keep you on your toes. SO many things factor in to where these men are today and every little one of them is significant. It also makes Gray’s plan for revenge much more difficult as they realise just how far reaching and how long this has been building up. Martin has a huge role, he is far more important to their relationship than anyone could have guessed, but he is also volatile as all hell and not easily handled. Can Gray control him if they set him free? Can Jan bare to be around him? Gray finally accepts he can’t do this on his own and receives help from Trace, Gabe and Dare. Ultimately the book stops with Jack, Jan and Gray as they fight for their lives and the safety of those around them but the other men provide a net and their help is invaluable.
I’m not saying anything else as I don’t want to give anything away. I had planned to add some quotes to this review but when I looked at everything I had highlighted when I finished there were just too many, I mean you can’t quote an entire book right? This story is dark and delicious and oddly intimate, it’s a love story – a brutal, consuming and stark love story and I would highly recommend the entire series.
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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