Michele Montgomery
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Seventh Window
Release Date
March 2012
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Escaping the past isn't easy, especially when the scars left behind are a constant reminder that trust and love can hurt.

Michael McKnight knows what it means to be on the run from memories. Years ago, after fleeing an abusive relationship, he was brutally stabbed and left for dead. His only savior had been a compassionate stranger he'd only gotten a glimpse of before slipping into the blackness that claimed him.

For Michael, recovery was an arduous and hard fought return to some semblance of normalcy. He rebuilds his life, spending his waking hours buried in work and fighting to forget the past. And his life seems to be going well until he finds out that his cousin Wayne is being held captive in a mental asylum for being gay. So he buys a plane ticket and flies out to rescue his cousin.

But the weather is against Michael, keeping him grounded and talking to a man who claims that he'd once saved his life and is willing to help him rescue his cousin. Can this man be for real or is something more sinister in the works?

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Oct 10, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
234 people found the following review helpful
I have known Michele L. Montgomery for over a year as a chipper, energetic person and a fantastic reviewer, but reading DAMMIT! was my first foray into learning about her as an author. In her book, she introduces us to a wide range of characters from lovable to evil, from the pillar of sincerity to a personality dripping with sarcasm, from dominant to submissive, and so on.

The story DAMMIT! centers primarily around two characters: Michael and Cash. Michael is a headstrong man who has had his fair share of life's challenges. He's got a tongue that is too quick and often lands him in trouble, but he's also a great person. Cash is big and strong, confidence radiating from him in every possible way. Yet right from the start, there's a flaw in him that makes the reader not like him even though we really want to. I'll admit, I emailed Michele and scolded her at this point, but she told me to be patient.

Anyhow, the two characters, brought together through suspect circumstances, embark on a journey to save Michael's cousin, Wayne, from an institution where his stepmother and father have placed him. Along the way, the two encounter many people, some evil to the core, others just trying to live their lives. Cash struggles to gain Michael's trust and succeeds, but behind it all, Cash has a secret which places Michael in grave danger.

With all that said, I think I'll move along to the review of the story rather than give away any more spoilers. This quick-paced story flies by. Don't be daunted by the page length. The font is slightly larger than most eBooks and you'll have read 30 pages in the time you normally take to read 10.

The thing about this story which made it such a wonderful read was the transformation of both Michael and Cash from beginning to end. Each character had sworn off finding love and making a connection that could only lead to pain. By the end, these notions had been obliterated, leaving each character raw and open to the happiness they had denied themselves. Characters changing, growing, and learning how to be happy is, in my opinion, the mark of good story telling.

Ms. Montgomery did not stop there, however. Beginning with the initial connection, then the loss of trust, then the regaining of something much more powerful by the end, DAMMIT! explores the needs and perils of the Dom/sub culture. She expertly brings us inside the minds of the two main characters, allowing us to understand the emotionality behind a sub's need to be controlled and a Dom's need to have control. Ultimately, neither truly has control unless the other allows them to be truly who they are.

The sex scenes were hot, drawn out to a perfect degree, and emotional. As much as I hate to say it, there were a few scenes where there were near-violent sexual acts but they were prevented before they actually occurred on the page. Still, the lead up was sexual, not disturbing.

There were a couple of flaws to the book which I feel compelled to mention just so you know to expect them, but they are so minor that they do not detract from the story at all. The biggest one is that the character POV shifts mid-chapter from paragraph to paragraph where we are in one character's head and then the other's within the same page. This tends to create confusion when it happens, but in this book I never found myself unable to follow the action.

There were maybe 4 or 5 editorial errors as well. And, as I've stated earlier, there were a few scenes which, for readers who are offended by the insinuation of rape or violence in sex, may touch a sensitive spot. Other than that, the story was a wonderful, exciting read that I highly recommend.
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