Author: KC Wells and Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/18/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.
Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.
Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
Firstly this wasn’t as difficult to read as I had built up in my mind. Yes, it was goodbye. No, I didn’t want to leave Collars and Cuffs and all the men we have met along the way BUT it was wrapped up in a way that felt like it was goodbye for now and not goodbye for ever and more importantly neither author decided to kill anyone off that we cared about!
Endings and Beginnings is a longer story than we have become accustomed to in this series yet it read quickly and was over all too soon. Whilst ending the series and ending our interaction with characters we first started out with three years ago it’s also a beginning for Darren and JJ. Darren has had a burning curiosity about the BDSM lifestyle for a couple of years since witnessing something very special and intimate between Thomas and Peter. Just as he is brave enough to take the plunge and speak to Thomas at the club fate seems to look down on him and puts JJ in his sights.
JJ is the new barman at the club and has secrets which are slowly starting to unravel. This is where the past and present tie in so smoothly as the news breaking at the club leaves emotions running high. JJ is a huge mass of emotions and doesn’t know who to trust. His mother lied to him to save him from being hurt but in doing so made it difficult for him to trust anyone. His reason for taking a job at the club has been blown out of the water and the people he thought were his enemies actually turn out to be his friends. Through all his turmoil Darren is the one constant person in his life that remains solid and he bends over backwards to try and walk JJ though all the distress he is feeling. As neither man has any experience of a D/s relationship things don’t always run smoothly and I think it helps that Darren listens so carefully to what JJ does and doesn’t say. Darren’s maturity and focus on JJ as someone he needs to care for plays a huge part in them moving forward.
We also get a lot of on page time with the other couples from the series, this is au revoir after all, and it was good to see them all still as strong and committed as ever even when rallying together through the latest shit storm. Each couple seemed to have moved forward with something from the past and this was especially true for Peter who was affected badly by the news at the start of the book. The biggest change though comes for Eli and Jared who turn their lives upside down to start a new future – perhaps one we, as readers, will be involved with quite soon.
If a series has to end then KC and Parker have just shown us how to do it properly. Give everyone their happy and leave the door open for new opportunities – London here we come (hopefully!).
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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