Pain Slut (Belen’s Review)

PainSlutTitle: Pain Slut (The Subs Club #2)
Author: J.A. Rock
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 1st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Erotica Romance
Page Count: 320 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together.

But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.

—Miles


ALL ABOARD THE KINK TRAIN!

kink train

Pain Slut took me outside of my comfort zone in many ways, and in others showed just how all relationships, even the kinky ones, are all the same at the core. We all just want someone to love us for who we are, to please each other, and to have our needs met, whatever they may be.

This is well written and I was not surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I was surprised that I didn’t spend my time peeking at the pages through my fingers…all the kink was well handled and really interesting to me throughout.

Told entirely from twenty-eight year old Miles Loucks’ perspective, Miles is a button cardigan wearing pain pig, or masochist, who really enjoys being hurt. But Miles has decided in the last year that it’s time for him to step away from the BDSM scene and become a father. He’s completed all of the necessary applications and is readying for the final home inspections. It’s only then that he tells his three best friends, Dave, Kamen, and Gould, about his plans.

The guys are surprised to say the least and, at first, not totally supportive. Besides not knowing how a masochist would do as a single parent, Miles is the know-it-all of their Subs Club, and they were counting on him to be one of their outreach speakers. But Miles is sure that putting this part of his life behind him is what he needs to do in order to be a good father.

Then he meets twenty-nine year old Drix Seger at work and agrees to a date. After an explosively passionate first time together, Miles confesses his kink; that he’s a masochist. Drix confesses he’s a sadist and a Vampyre. The first sets Miles’ heart aflutter, because a real, honest-to-goodness sadist is like manna from heaven, but the whole “vampyre” thing freaks him out and he runs, because come on…vampyre?

say what now

Miles tells part of the story to the guys, about his fantastic night and the disappointing end (though not why he ran) and the guys actually end up convincing Miles to give Drix another chance, and while he’s at it (and before his pending fatherhood forces him to put up his kinky boots) to write up a Pain Slut Bucket List and see if he can’t get Drix to help him tick some of those items off.

I love that Drix is more than willing to learn all the ways to give Miles pain and Miles learns that going at it alone isn’t really necessary. I also loved that, once again, the friendship of the four Subs Club members is the cornerstone of the story upon which all else is built.

I feel like Rock does a good job balancing the kink and erotica with the story in this installment of the series. Even though it was outside of my comfort zone I enjoyed the story. The humor throughout helped a lot to ease some of my discomfort. I really liked Drix, and would have loved to have gotten more time with him. Hopefully he’ll play a bigger role in the coming books.

If I have one complaint it’s that the ending felt a bit rushed; I would have preferred a little more build-up and resolution.

On the whole, I enjoyed this, even more than the first book, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series!

bring it on

RECOMMENDED!

The Subs Club Series


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Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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