- Loose ID
- Release Date
- May 2012
- Book 5 of Power Up
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance
Aidan Marshall isn't like the others who now work as civilians for the PowerUp! gym. He doesn't feel like he fits in, even among the misfits. Being gay means nothing to the people he's with. He can read thoughts and speak with his mind, and no one ever feels comfortable in his presence. Hell, even he doesn't like to be left alone with himself.
When his boss assigns him a mission to locate a stolen book, he jumps at the chance to use his psychic abilities and prove himself a valuable part of the team. He's fine working on his own and has nearly located the book he's been sent to retrieve when Gavin Caldwell screws up the entire case.
Gavin is a pain in the ass. He's a pencil pusher and a leftover from the administrative nightmare that was the PWP. A nice guy to have on your side when it comes to balancing the books, but otherwise he's nothing but a burden--as is clearly evidenced when he botches the case. It doesn't help matters that he's exactly Aidan's type.
With no recourse but to use Gavin to right the wrong he's done, Aidan and Gavin go undercover in a high-stakes operation posing as lovers--where anything and everything goes. In the course of their mission, Aidan finds out there's much more to Gavin than meets the eye, and much more to himself than he'd ever thought possible. Because with Gavin, Aidan learns how to love not only another man, but himself as well.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: blood play, Domination/submission, exhibition, male/male sexual practices.
Jul 19, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
79 people found the following review helpful
Do you like it when the geek and the jock are paired together? Or perhaps the jock isn't really just brawn, he's actually Mr. Perfect at everything, except making friends.
Aidan is a telepath who constantly has to be perfect to feel good about himself. He never messes up a mission and his standards are high. It is intimidating to be around him, not just because he excels at everything he does, but also because he can read a person's mind. He tries not to, but some people think so noisily, he can't help but read it.
Gavin's power is the ability to levitate. He is also very good with numbers, which is why he is at a desk job rather than working out in the field. Gavin desperately wants to work in the field. The one time he did, it was a colossal mess up. He wishes for another chance. As I've always been told, be careful of what you wish for, because you might just get it. Gavin is given a chance to go undercover in the field with Aidan. Just one problem, Gavin has sexual fantasies about Aidan while Aidan treats him like a joke.
To add to Gavin's humiliation, his undercover role is as a sexual submissive to the stunningly gorgeous Mr. Perfect. Gavin needs to be trained to be a perfect sexual submission to gain entry to a criminal underlord's private BDSM party. Gavin isn't able to hide his inner fantasies, which Aidan takes full advantage of. At this point, I feel a bit bad for Gavin. The guy he's crushing on treats him like something to be wiped off his shoe and now he has to give him full submission. How does one give trust to a person who disrespects you? This could be a complete train wreck.
Instead, I'm surprised at Aidan's attitude. He turns it around and is quite the smexy Dom. If only he weren't gay. Why are all these awesome Doms I've been reading lately all gay? The budding relationship between Aidan and Gavin is hot to watch. The D/s is so smooth. Ms. Harte nails it. The nastier parts of SM are just so wrong but I get it. It is a dark fantasy, which I wasn't expecting from Ms. Harte. She does show it isn't the acceptable parts of BDSM, but it could happen. I tend not to be that far into edge play and I draw a line for snuff. It's not my preferred reading. But Ms. Harte did a good job of it and she made it work for the story.
This is the first story of Ms. Harte's I've read that contained a BDSM theme. I love it! I want to read more. Ms. Harte writes some great smexy scenes that blend into the story. I recommend this story to m/m readers who want a bit of kinky BDSM undercover tricks.
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