Trust and Obey (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Trust and Obey
Author: T.S. McKinney
Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M BDSM
Page Count: 258
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

For the past few years, Landry has been able to tuck the horrors of his past into a nice, neat compartment inside his head. He’s been focused on his future instead of dwelling on a past he can’t change. All this changes when Jericho Brookes struts into his life. Piece by piece, Brookes tears down the walls surrounding Landry’s heart – leaving him raw and vulnerable. Every time they’re together, Landry opens up more…gives more. Can Brookes be trusted with Landry’s heart?

When Landry’s past comes calling, will Brookes be friend or foe?

I feel terrible for not liking this more. I have loved other books by this author, but this story felt messy somehow.

First let me start by saying that I had no idea this was a sequel to Overtime, which I’ve read. But since that was some months ago I was completely lost with this one. There is no introduction to the characters and it it only mentioned shortly where the MCs met previously.

I think it would have been a good idea to give the reader a bit of background for each character even if they did read Overtime. Because for most of this book I was completely lost. I like to get my memory refreshed just a bit with a sequel. Well, not here. And since we got EVERYONE’S POV (except the one I wanted) it was confusing as shit.

I think the blurb is somewhat misleading. This focusses on BDSM mostly, and I had no idea about that from the blurb alone. But while I do love BDSM, I didn’t like this book.

We get thrust into the story and that feeling of me trying to catch up never left me. Brookes and Landry spend hardly any time together besides the BDSM scenes they do. I was really missing something here.

And while Landry got somewhat of a background story, Brookes gets nothing. We only get his POV for a couple of paragraphs to tease the readers about his secret. He felt like a hollow caricature of a man. While there was too much Landry at times. His emotions were all over the place, we get his feelings about his past, we get descriptions about how he looks, and about his panic attacks. I felt there was no room for Brookes left at all.

And I really have to say something about the big secret Brookes was keeping. I had a REALLY hard time believing that Brookes’ parents

named him Landon Jericho Brookes and his twin London Jericho Brookes. Now we have a Landon, London and Landry in this story. What a name fuck!
No. Just no.

Jagger and Colton (from Overtime) got a their own POV’s in this too and I totally skimmed the parts with them in it. I just wasn’t interested in them since I can’t really remember much about Overtime.

What also really pulled me out of the story was that chapters were cut at the high point of a scene and then totally skipped when the next chapter started. Like the rescue scene. They were about to enter the house and then all of a sudden they were in the hospital. Not cool man. Not cool.

So I’m very sorry I didn’t like this more. The author can write some amazing hurt/comfort, but this was just not the book for me.

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