Pain Slut (The Subs Club Book 2) by J.A. Rock ~ Book Review by Lirtle

pain-slut-cover-1Title: Pain Slut (The Subs Club Book 2)

Author: J.A. Rock

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/01/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction

Blurb:

Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together.

But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.

—Miles

My View:

Medical kink and the pain involved, and the possibility of fatherhood, are but two of the spinning plates Miles is trying to maintain as this story opens. Page one and we’re introduced to the first, which made me thankful I had Miles to hold my hand through it all. Medical kink, especially since it involves unavoidably specific implements and the resulting pain, is not my thing. Some parts were difficult to read and experience, as Rock does not hold back (unsurprising, and a good thing for the sake of the story) in detail and impact when it comes to the scenes described. For me, what made them easier to work through was the emotional component included in every single one that Miles experiences.

Drix. My man, it’s good to meet you. I like how you come onto the scene, so to speak. You might be the one and only that can handle Miles. And I’m not even talking the roles each of you plays when it comes to the kink, but rather the emotional stakes involved, the ability you have to read him, and everyone really. You are the embodiment of the yin to his yang. Now, if we can just get Miles to, not only see it but, let it happen. My goodness, how you could change his world.

Getting back to our Miles (yes, I do feel somewhat protective of his potential happiness, I cannae help it), he’s a fabulous voice for his own story. He’s intense, passionate, controlling, serious, he likes order and planning and cleanliness, both physically and mentally, and he feels all of it very deeply. As I said at the start, I was glad to have him as my anchor while experiencing this story.

Even more than I did in book one, Subs Club, I love this group of friends and we get to know them better here in book two. Unlike book one, I didn’t feel like I needed a scorecard to keep track of them all this time around. They all play their roles, allowing Miles to be the center of it all. Yet the group dynamic is so entertaining, hilarious, informative, caring, teasing, and supportive. Rock knows how to do multi-character scenes, showing more than just a deft hand at maintaining character consistency in voice and attitude and likely behavior.

I’m generally the hardest to amuse in our group, but I’d laughed the loudest the night Kamen had introduced that song. It had been one of those perfect nights, back when Hal was still alive and none of us was fazed by the uncertainty of our futures.

I distinctly remember having this thought more than once in my life, and this pretty much sums up Miles’ state of mind at this point in his. He’s feeling that uncertainty about his future all over the dern place. Just as Rock has done in some of her other books, she continues her exploration and examination of friendship, emotion, consequences, self-discovery, and the impact all of these have on a human being when they’re at a crossroads in their life: do they roll with the change that is obviously barreling their way? fight it? do they even see it? if they do, how do they handle it?

I’d had one of those flashes of youthful optimism where I’d thought we were all going to be together forever. That we’d have endless nights like this, nights we could pit the strength of our friendship against all the sorrows of the world and win.

Yeah, Miles, yeah. I’ve sooooo been there.

Such heart this story holds in these characters. It feels kind of rare, like a cool breeze from out of nowhere on a summer day, to be granted this level of access into someone’s mind. Miles is searching for something, someone, maybe several souls to give his life more than his current status quo. I kept having that feeling of privilege to be experiencing such vulnerability and change and everything else Miles is going through. I have to admit, I was struggling at one point to figure why I was feeling a thread of disconnect, particularly regarding the relationship Miles has with his kink and the role it plays in his life. Then it hit me: he’s at one of those crossroads where a large part of his life, is kink, was becoming less of a focus in exchange for his hope of having a family of his own, of starting one, and who all would be a part of it. Not only is he struggling with making his dream come true, but also with this realization. I dare say this is something we’ve all experienced or are experiencing, not just the shift in focus itself but the realization of that shift in one’s life.

In this same vein, the one difficulty I had was with Miles and his mom, her reactions to some things, and what felt like sudden changes in her attitude and behavior. I think this is one part of the story that would have benefitted from more time spent on it. She felt like a large part of the story, of Miles’ emotional life, but this branch felt a bit underdone to me.

Of course, just when you think you’ve made a most definite decision on how to handle this shifting life of yours, someone comes along and tosses a Shrek-sized monkey wrench into the whole deal.

~ eyes Drix ~

Yup, that Drix. The kind, daring, curious, passionate, patient Drix who is dealing with his own crossroads, wanting and working for Miles to be a part of it. He is experiencing his own uncertainties about the future, while hoping to be a part of Miles’.

Diversity is the name of the game, yo. Diversity in characters and their backgrounds and their current situations and relationships. Diversity in the way it matters without banging anyone over the head and therefore undermining the whole thing. In other words, real life and not just the proclamation to have witnessed it.

Have I mentioned the swoon factor yet? No? How remiss of me. Yes, Rock made me swoon like the biggest freakin’ loon of a swooner, more than once. And then she’d make me guffaw, or giggle. And then she’d cause that lump in my throat to suddenly appear and nearly strangle me.

I reached out and stroked his long hair. Let the tips of my fingers graze his cheek. He closed his eyes, and I could have owned heaven in that moment.

It’s ok, I’ll let you have a moment of your own to recover. G’head…

Better? Ok good, let us continue.

I enjoyed the hell outta this. I know, it’s apparent I’m stating the obvious. I think I even liked it better than book one. The emotion, experiencing Miles and all of the changes and hurdles and triumphs, and the laughter and the stupid lumpy throat and the swoonage. By the time I reached the end, all I wanted was for Miles to obtain his dream, is happiness. I was so happy his friends and Drix looked to be parts of that equation. And I wanted more time with Miles and Drix and the gang. I want more!

~ I also own a copy of this book.

Links

Pain Slut (The Subs Club Book 2) on Goodreads
Riptide
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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2 thoughts on “Pain Slut (The Subs Club Book 2) by J.A. Rock ~ Book Review by Lirtle

  1. It’s definitely intense! And it somehow all balances out, all of the different ways that it’s intense. That JA Rock, she works the magic somehow LOL

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