Title: Sins of the Father (Angel and the Assassin #3)
Author: Fyn Alexander
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Buy Link: Buy Link Sins of the Father [Angel and the Assassin 3] Genre: M/M Contemporary BDSM,
Length: Novel Plus
Rating: 5 out 5 rating stars
A Guest Review by Raine
Summary Review: Complicated issues of fatherhood, expectation, ethics and of course Daddy kink all combine in this excellent addition to the series.
Angel and the Assassin Series
Blurb: MI6 assassin, Kael Saunders, is a larger than life, dominant master who finds himself becoming a Daddy to nineteen-year-old Angel Button. Over the last year and a half Kael and Angel have settled into a loving Dom/sub relationship. But no matter how comfortable the highly intelligent and ruthless assassin and his sweet, eager, loving boy become with each other, Kael is still the boss and Angel wants him to remain so, whether in the dungeon, the bedroom, or the kitchen. Naturally submissive, Angel has learned how to be a good Daddy’s boy and a good slave, but his childlike willfulness still makes itself known now and again.
Kael has always wondered why he is able to do the work he does. Why is he so ruthless, so intelligent, so serious and rigid? Could it be that he got those traits from the father he has never met? Who is Kael’s father and will he ever meet the man whose genes he carries?
The killer opening line of Philip Larkin‘s still shocking poem, This Be The Verse,
“They fuck you up, your mum and dad.”
is unexpectedly relevant to the third and possibly last book in this series, Sins of the Father. (I reviewed the earlier books here and here.) This complex episode in the strangely heartwarming and completely kinked relationship concentrates on various and involved manifestations of parenthood. It also delivers an exciting, enjoyable and thoroughly involving story even while looking at complicated questions of DNA and free will.
Kael’s very serious take on his responsibilities as Daddy in Angel’s life is fully explored.Their delightful, if rather mind-blowing, relationship is developed with particular emphasis on Kael’s adoption of a parental role outside of all the action in the playroom. His fatherly attitude on bullying is nicely tempered by Angel’s unlucky but amusing hopes for diplomacy. For all of his precocious sexual maturity, Angel is still very young, and his resistance against Kael’s well meaning but high handed control of his university applications felt very much in character. However Kael’s forbearance in the following messy situation was a revealing insight into the strength of his love for Angel.
Moreover it is only when Kael actually questions his own certainties in relation to how controlling he is being to Angel that you understand how much Kael is changing. There are, as always, some lovely scenes with Angel, not least those when he gently tries to influence Kael’s social bluntness or just shows his sense of fun. In spite of Angel’s totally understandable rebellion I really liked the sense that their relationship is so strong. Now out in the open- in Kael’s own words as domestic partners- they are almost unassailable. It gave sure footing to the other uncertainties that Kael had to face.
In this book Kael’s complicated sense of self- past and present- is completely challenged. His childhood, his first love affair with an almost stepfather figure Shawn, and most importantly his genetic makeup are all under examination. How he tries to make sense of it all in his own inimitable manner is played wonderfully against his everyday work for MI6 and with helpful contributions from characters met in the previous books. Mattie, Jack, Conran, Freddie and his girls are all included and expanded in scenes that show unexpected affection and humour. Though at some points it felt a little like every one had an opinion on parenting and wasn’t afraid to share it- I guess that is true to life.
Kael’s warm relationship with his mother Sharon is beautifully advanced here and is used to show how Kael has grown up with at least some moral checks and balance. Moreover she still affects his behaviour; a very nice touch of nurture in the face of nature.
The introduction of Kael’s problems in dealing with new knowledge about his biological father added a fine and sharp edge to this story. Conran tries to convince Kael that his new alarming tendency of introspection is inappropriate, that second guessing himself will make him lose his control. However I loved the complications and frustrations in this book, just as Kael tries to make sense of new revelations and hard old truths I was along side trying to understand where all this left him.
The almost forensic analysis of Kael’s peculiar and elusive psyche did reveal some certainties for him. No matter how perverse it might appear in the light of his instincts to kill, Kael has a code of ethics that keeps him from losing touch with his humanity and becoming a monster. Clearly his newly discovered paternal heritage while frighteningly apparent is not the dominant driving influence in his life. Ironically it is Angel’s unconditional but not unquestioning love that continues to keep Kael safe.
Strong BDSM, Daddy kink.