Power Chords (A.O. Chika’s Review)

Title: Power Chords
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: November 8,2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 38
Reviewed by: A. O. Chika
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Music is his life—submission is his desire.

As part of the hottest rock band on the planet, Code Black, Dax Carter and Jordan Reeves have it all. Their music is driven by their love-hate relationship, and their fans love the conflict they create on stage. It doesn’t help that there’s a simmering attraction between them that Dax refuses to acknowledge because he’s conflicted about being bisexual. Jordan fantasizes about submitting to Dax, who has all the attributes of his perfect master.

With the band under pressure to write the songs for their new album, their manager rents an isolated cabin so Dax and Jordan can have perfect quiet to create. While cooped up together, their creative and personal tension comes to a head. What starts as a fistfight turns into something much more erotic. Has Dax finally realized what Jordan wants from him, and how will Jordan react when he is forced to obey all of Dax’s desires? Can their relationship in and out of the band ever be the same again?

The blurb pretty much explains the entire story, but it was a nice short read. Dax and Jordan have this love hate thing going on where, whenever they aren’t arguing and suffocating everyone with UST the size of mars, they are actually really good friends.

Dax is constantly accusing Jordan of planning to leave the band, which pisses of Jordan (and me) and results in arguments that sometimes escalate to fist fights. Some part of me thinks he’s just doing this because he doesn’t want Jordan to leave, but hey what do I know?

The chemistry between them was obvious, so was Jordan’s pining. Interestingly, their arguments leave them both hard, which wouldn’t be a problem if Dax wasn’t in denial. All Jordan wants is to submit to Dax, be owned by him and feel like his only purpose is to serve Dax… is that too much to ask for?

When they are locked in a cabin, to write an album worth of songs within two weeks, Jordan is ecstatic at first, I mean he got to be ‘locked up’ with Dax A.KA. Prime eye candy. After four days the cabin felt too small for them and during one of the writing session, Dax insults the lyrics Jordan came up with before accusing him of not giving his all. Once again he brings up the accusation of Jordan planning to leave the band, and that combined with the sexual frustration makes Jordan snap.

Cue a physical fight, a slap from Dax, Jordan’s hands being tied, Dax using a belt on Jordan’s ass… you know the usual 😉

 I half expected Dax to have an internal meltdown after they had sex, but I’m glad for once that cliche was avoided.

“You take control,

“But you must know it’s mine to give

“You break me down,

“I come back stronger than before…”

We all know what inspires these lyrics 🙂

Also, there were a few editing errors that were for the most part, inconspicuous, except for this line. “But most of the things they dream up are nothing compared to what we just did in the laundry room” … There was no laundry room, Dax and Jordan did the horizontal tango in Dax’s Bedroom.

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Galley copy of POWER CHORDS provided by PRIDE PUBLISHING in exchange of an honest review.


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