AJ Rose hits another one out of the park in the third installment of the Power Exchange series.
Author: AJ Rose
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Theo Fenraven
Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Warning: contains scenes of rape and graphic violence and may not be suitable for sensitive readers. Discretion advised.
Cole, what’s wrong?
Former detective Gavin DeGrassi likes his new life and his job as a university professor, molding the minds of the next generation of law enforcement. It keeps him in the field he loves, but out of the media and out of the danger he seems to draw. He’s settled and happy with his partner and Dom, Ben Haverson.
Until a middle of the night phone call from his brother, Cole, whose desperation and fear yank him back into the world of criminals and countdowns. Only this time, the stakes are much higher.
Detective Myah Hayes, Gavin’s sister-in-law and former partner, has a past of her own, one that has returned to claim her. With only their instincts and the help of a rogue CSI, Gavin, Ben, and Cole will do whatever it takes to find Myah, following a flimsy trail of evidence to Chicago, where all is not what it seems–dirty cops, moral pimps, and a nest of snakes who call themselves businessmen.
They’re on a collision course with the worst of humanity, and more than Myah’s life is caught in the vortex. Can they find her, and if they do, will there be anything left to save
Note: Though Consent can stand alone as a single read, I strongly recommend that the first two books in the series, Power Exchange and Safeword, be read beforehand. They not only introduce characters and story lines that reappear in this third book, but they are also exceptional novels that shouldn’t be missed.
I also encourage readers to note the important message from the author regarding LGBT youth at the end of the book.
Gavin and Ben are back, meeting new challenges and pushing boundaries as never before in a race against time to recover their beloved Myah, Gavin’s sister-in-law and former partner. In Consent, the third book of the Power Exchange series, master storyteller AJ Rose takes the reader on a highly emotional journey into the dark, twisted reality of the basest of the criminal world.
This is not an easy read, certainly. The atrocities committed here are the stuff of night terrors, but the true horror is that this kind of inhumanity exists and preys upon the weak, innocent, and helpless. As Maya falls victim to violence and captivity, we see this barbarity firsthand and witness her ordeal step by step. The descriptions of her experience cut at a visceral level, vivid and cringe-worthy. However, this intensity and violence ratchets up the sense of danger and nail-biting suspense, and I often found myself holding my breath and shaking my head in denial of what I was reading. Just as Myah’s torment becomes too much to bear, the focus switches back to Gavin and the fast-paced investigation he is conducting with Ben and his brother, Cole. These dual points of view are effectively played out against each other as the two story lines rapidly unfold in spellbinding detail.
Adding further depth and dimension are the characters AJ Rose so brilliantly creates. They are beautifully wrought and evoke emotions ranging from compassion to heartbreak to abject loathing. Although Myah has been a key player in the two prior stories of this series, she shines as a main character here. Smart, courageous, and feisty, she is a heroine well worth rooting for, with a big attitude and a heart to match. Even more intriguing are the secondary personalities, who spring from a broad spectrum of humanity and hold vital roles in the progression of events. A couple of them were particularly fascinating, jumping from the pages and making me wonder if perhaps they had stories of their own to tell at some point in the future.
Central here, however, are Gavin and Ben. Their relationship, forged and tested in the first two Power Exchange books, acts as a grounding force in this story much like the BDSM facets of their partnership help to ground them. These two work incredibly well together, their skills and strengths complementing each other in the desperate attempt to find Myah. The D/s factor is always present and necessary, keeping them focused on the task at hand and on the need for clarity of their roles. Ben, always the impressive Dom, is especially so here as he displays his mastery and finesse in taking the lead into uncharted territory. The intimate scenes are still fresh, intoxicating, and passionate, brimming with an intensity that rank them, along with those of the two prior books, as some of my all-time favorites.
Oftentimes the most difficult reads are some of the best, and AJ Rose has yet again gifted me with just that. The skillful balance of gripping crime thriller and tender gay romance laced with BDSM elements is just one reason this author is an auto-buy for me. Thank you, AJ, for writing stories and characters that grab at the soul, cling until the last page, and then reside in the heart long afterward.
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