Title: Trust and Obey
Author: T.S. McKinney
Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 258 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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?
So … I have a feeling that people who know more about BDSM than I do might have a few things to object to in this title. To be fair, that’s just a hunch on my part. I don’t really know squat, but I’m getting a vibe on this one. Those of you more in the know will have to judge for yourselves.
I. Could. Not. Stand. Landry. I am tired of these weirdly over-the-top characters. I dislike shitty attitudes as ineffective self-defense mechanisms, and we had that here in spades. The plot was decent. There was a whole lot of things going on simultaneously which felt confusing even though it wasn’t actually confusing. In other words, I got a good sense of why all the characters were confuzzled, but I didn’t have a hard time following along as a reader. Jericho being job-relatedly stalkerish made the insta-connection on his end a little more believable, but still people! This shit doesn’t happen in real life.
The overall pacing was okay, but the relationship flew along a little too fast given Landry’s hangups and all the half-truths and bullshittery floating around. As it seems that’s a common trend in romance these days (one I abhor), whaddya gonna do? It gets to where it’s kind of pointless to continue complaining about insta-love, i.e., Sage and London. EYEROLL. I don’t even have to read the next related book to see where that’s going.
There was some suspending of disbelief on this one for me for sure. It wasn’t that anything that was going on was completely inconceivable, it was all just … overblown in a very typical kind of way for the genre these days. There were some hot moments, some sweet moments, some whatthefuck and whatthefuckever moments. The characters were well-developed enough that some of them irritated me while others piqued my interest. I don’t know what else is worth mentioning.
All in all, it pushed some of my pet peeve-y buttons but was a solid 3-star read on balance. I don’t think I would go back and read about previous characters, and I’m on the fence about reading any future ones in this particular story arc, but this title wasn’t a waste of time or overly infuriating so … this week, I’m calling that a win.