Angel and the Assassin: Be Brave

Fyn Alexander
Angel and the Assassin: Be Brave
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
April 2011
ISBN
9781607379997
Series
Book 2 of Angel and the Assassin
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, GLBT

SUMMARY
MI6 assassin Kael Saunders was supposed to kill Angel Button after he witnessed a kill. Not only did Kael refuse to hurt Angel, but he took him home and fell in love with him. Living together now in a loving D/s relationship, Angel wants to follow in his daddy's footsteps while Kael is determined to keep his boy out of the dangerous world of international assassins.

During an assignment Kael finds a little girl who is caught up in human trafficking and determines to rescue her. When he is taken prisoner Angel sets out to find his beloved Daddy and bring him home.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: strong BDSM theme and content, male/male sexual practices, violence.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Jul 10, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
157 people found the following review helpful
BE BRAVE by Fyn Alexander is a compelling examination of the BDSM, master/slave relationship as well as a powerful example that love knows no bounds, no limitations, so long as it is true.

Kael Saunders is an assassin, or at least that's what he has been for his entire life. But when he met Angel, saving him from captivity in a foreign land, he experiences something he never imagined he would…love. Bringing Angel back to America, the two join as two perfect pieces, meant to be together.

As the book unfolds, Kael's new lifestyle as a teacher as opposed to a field operative presents unique challenges to our hero. He loves the thrill of being on an assignment, yet loves the domesticity of having someone to return home to…someone to love. When he finally caves and allows himself to be given a field assignment, his dilemma becomes painfully obvious. He must struggle with how to reconcile his two worlds, as task that seems practically impossible.

Add to the fold that his Angel wants to become a field operative as well, something Kael is unconditionally opposed to, and the conflict that carries us throughout the book is firmly established.

Several aspects of this story drew me in and kept me hooked form beginning to end. First and foremost, the characters were full and well-developed. Their emotions and behaviors painted the picture of real people, people I could imagine and get to know. I found myself anticipating their reactions as if they had become my friends.

Second, the sex was unbelievably hot. I do not know if this author has experienced the BDSM scene, but one would think so from reading the scenes. The details, the emotionality, the seeming authenticity of the actions and reactions rang true…and scalding hot. There was just enough to keep me simmering for the whole book, but not so much as to seem gratuitous.

Finally, the conflict throughout tugged at my heartstrings as well as my excitement. As soon as one situation seemed to settle, a new problem emerged, always keeping me on the edge of my seat. This, I feel, is a true skill and a strategy that makes for exciting reading.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the book, there were a few things that distracted me from my enjoyment as well. Primarily, there were moments scattered throughout where the author seemed to shift from showing us the characters' emotions and feelings, to telling us how the characters felt. While this is not a major criticism, it was noticeable as I read. When the author shows, the language is like a gorgeous sensory ride. But where the author tells, I found myself slightly disappointed that the scene hadn't been drawn out as strongly as other scenes had been. However, that is a personal peeve of mine, something you might not even notice.

In any event, the book was a wonderful read, authentic and hot, and well worth the time, emotion, and energy that you will put into it.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Apr 21, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
135 people found the following review helpful
I fell in love with Kael a little more in BE BRAVE. I confess to a desire in having a Daddy. It's not as if I was abused or neglected like Angel or need a father figure. The only similarity I have with Angel is I'd like to have a strict Daddy laying down the rules and teaching me survival skills. In BE BRAVE, Kael teaches Angel more killer survival skills. Angel is one of those blessed people who have an amazing memory in addition to super keen eyesight. If only I would be blessed in this manner, too.

In BE BRAVE, we are treated to more heated dungeon scenes with Daddy Kael and Angel. Kael seems to be more on edge in this book. He's gone from protective to almost overbearingly protective of Angel. The standards for Angel to uphold are almost impossible. I wonder at how Angel can meet such exacting demands. I'm a bit intimidated. It appears as though Angel is also frightened of Kael at times. Just when we think Kael is superman and nothing can happen to him, Fyn Alexander throws us a curve ball. .

I like this. I like when my main characters are not perfect. Kael is not perfect. He's tough, exacting and very skilled. He does make mistakes. It's actually rather sad that his mistake is when he stops behaving like a machine and starts showing human qualities. What is the author trying to say here? Is it better to be human or machine? Based on the torturous captivity Kael goes through, I'm thinking I want to be a perfect machine.

I enjoyed this book more as we see greater complexity to Angel and Kael. We also see another side of Conran that explains so much. His conflicted relationship with Kael is not a surprise, but to finally have it out in the open, it heals both of them. I also liked Angel more in this book. He's growing up. He is still young in age, 19, yet he is going on 30 with his responsibilities and maturity. Yes, at times he's still a little boy, but that's the fun part of a BDSM Daddy/boy relationship. I confess I'm jealous of Angel. Kael's attention is one hundred percent on him. Kael praises Angel, which makes my heart melt. Too bad Kael doesn't want a little girl, too.

One thing that really moves me in this book is the contrast between Angel and Kael's mothers. Both women were in situations where they were single moms. It's interesting to see how differently they chose to raise their sons. Kael is self-confident because his mother made sure he felt loved and wanted. Angel, on the other hand, was left very insecure and unwanted. It's sad. It also makes me wonder if this lack of love as a child is what causes a person with BDSM desires lean more towards the submissive side. Regardless of Angel's formative years, his past few months with Kael has been life changing and I'd go so far as to say, life saving.

I am now emotionally vested in both Angel and Kael. I'd even admit to affection for Conran. The blurring of lines between right and wrong, good and bad in a story makes it more enjoyable for me. Fyn Alexander does an excellent job in showing many shades of grey. I recommend this book to BDSM lovers who want to read about a good D/s relationship.
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