Endings and Beginnings by KC Wells and Parker Williams ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Title: Endings and Beginnings
Series: Collars and Cuffs, 8

Author: KC Wells and Parker Williams

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 10/20/2016

Length: 12 hours 34 minutes

Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance

Summary:

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.

Story Review:

First of all, as I don’t follow newsletters or author blogs much, I didn’t realize Endings and Beginnings was the end of Collars and Cuffs. As a conclusion of a series, the revisitation of most of the past couples makes sense, even if it is the start of Darren and JJ’s story.

One couple’s narrative is missing – that of Dorian and Alan. We see them at the club briefly but get no scenes or really any dialog from them. On the opposite side, Jared and Eli feature heavily, which, as I haven’t read Dom of Ages yet, left me a little confused at spots. That of course is entirely my fault, and I was able to pick up the gist of their relationship.

I enjoyed seeing how the couples were coming along and the closing out of loose threads.

I really enjoyed Darren and JJ’s story up until a stupid clichéd move by JJ. I felt it was totally unnecessary and it was one of my pet peeves. It all works out in the end (of course) but it left a sour taste in my mouth.

Endings and Beginnings is a long book and it took me a long time to get through it on audio. Not because the narration was bad (more on that below) but just because it didn’t hold my attention for long.

Overall, I liked it and how it ended the series. Fans of the series (who have read all the books) will love it.

Narration Review:

This is my second book by Joel Leslie and I quite enjoyed his voice. There is a ton of characters, and sometimes the voices get confused, but I was impressed with his range of accents. From America, to various English and Italian, he did them all well. It was pleasant to listen to him.

Links

Endings and Beginnings on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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