Neat Trick by Jaime Samms ~ Book Review by Caroline

28453335Title: Neat Trick

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/16/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Being 100 percent sure you know what you want is a sure-fire way to get exactly what you need. You just might not recognize it when you do.

Jacob has rebuilt his life inside Rainbow Alley after a vicious beating sent him to the hospital when he was a teenager. He’s strong again, and he knows what he wants from life. He just has to accept that he isn’t going to get it from Cliff Thatcher.

Aaron has discovered that life never offers handouts. He’s spent years paying other people’s debts and now he is indentured to Douglas, a man who won’t hesitate to use every ugly trick in the book to retain control over Aaron, his skateboard and his life.

When Jacob and Aaron meet, there is not an ounce of doubt in Jacob that he’s found what he wants. The young man might be a little rough around the edges, but he’s a safe bet, and Jacob knows he can control the thrust of their relationship. That is, until Aaron proves he can handle Jacob’s submissive side and pushes to take the dynamic out of the bed and into the rest of their lives.

Jacob’s hard limit, though, is the bedroom door. Only when Douglas makes it clear Fohe isn’t letting Aaron go without a fight, or a pay-off that he seems intent on taking in the form of Jacob himself, does Jacob begin to understand just how shaky his world really is.

If Jacob doesn’t believe Aaron can protect him, he’ll lose everything. Including what might just be his only chance at true freedom from his fear.

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of violence and references to past abuse and child pornography. It also contains one instance of sexual violence.

My View:

I think I would have found the beginning of this book easier to follow had I read the previous books in the series. There is a lot of reference to the Alley and the people who live there and I felt as though I was missing something. My fault entirely for jumping in at book 5 and I certainly plan to go back and read the previous books as the characters mentioned intrigued me.

Neat Trick is the story of Aaron and Jacob and is by no means a romance. Although there isn’t too much BDSM as such involved there is a D/s relationship with a younger Dom. Aaron is nineteen to Jacob’s twenty six and I thought at first with his lack of relationship experience and the high level of previous abuse involved that this would feel a bit weird and may not work very well but for the most part it felt ok. Aaron may not have much experience in some things but in others he is drowning and I think this both helped and hindered.

Jacob is looking for the perfect relationship and often comes across as desperate. His need to submit, to be loved and looked after consumed him but I felt as though he really grew as a character, when despite his own demons he fought tooth and nail for his lover.

This is a story of twists and turns and of abuse that is very much on page. It’s a tough read but the HEA that is so hard come by at the end makes it all worth it. The Alley is both beautiful and ugly and the residents there all seem to have secrets or hardships. To say I enjoyed Neat Trick feels wrong but it did pull me in and have me rooting for not only Aaron and Jacob but a lot of other characters who I hope will get their own stories.

Links

Neat Trick on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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