Power Play (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Power Play
Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Genre(s): M/M BDSM
Page Count: 276
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

I was my own worst enemy. For as much as I depended on order and a structured life to easier manage my bipolar disorder, fire was irresistible and indisputably my favorite toy to play with. On the ice, it turned me into a hotheaded hockey player. In the bedroom, my attitude was my last defense, a front I wanted to see tumbling down. But lately, all I got was burned.

Love sucked. Correction: it sucked when you were in love with your parents’ closest friend and he didn’t feel the same. I admitted my feelings for Madigan Monroe over a year ago, and I was still waiting for a response. Now my balance was gone. My anxiety was all over the place, my fits of rage had just earned me a suspension from the team, I questioned myself at every turn, and being home for two weeks was gonna make it impossible to avoid Madigan.

I used to be his Abel, his sweetheart, his trouble. It’d been the two of us against the world since I was a kid. I’d even discovered we had kink in common! On paper, I was seemingly perfect for him. Maybe that was why his nonverbal rejection hurt so much. Or maybe it was because, recently, he seemed hell-bent on us “being friends” again.

Whatever. I was a loser, and I couldn’t resist him for crap.


I loved this! Wonderful wonderful Daddy kink. It was believable and totally fit the characters in every way. This was not just a ‘call me Daddy in the bedroom’ kind of book. No, these guys fully embraced the Daddy/boy dynamics while still being equals in every way and without forgetting about the friendship they already had.

Abel is 5 when his father dies. He and his brother are left in the care of their stepmother, Adeline, who provides a stable home for them. Abel and his brother grow up in a loving home, with Adeline as their mother, and Lincoln, her new husband, as their father. Despite them not being their biological parents, Abel and Jesse are their kids in every way.

Madigan was a close friend of Abel and Jesse’s father, and is still a close friend of Adeline and Lincoln. He has seen Abel grow up and has always had a very special bond with the boy. When Abel is 20 he texts Madigan that he has been in love with him for quite some time now. Madigan feels the attraction too, but can’t ever let himself act on those feelings. Abel is the son of his closest friends!

Abel is hurt when Madigan doesn’t respond to his text, but is even more upset that he distances himself from Abel. They used to be close friends, but now Abel messed everything up by telling Madigan the truth.

Abel is a professional hockey player and needs a lot of structure in his life due to him being bipolar. He is getting a bit out of control ever since Madigan broke off their friendship. Abel is getting more depressed by the day, but doesn’t know what to do about it. Thank god he still had Gray, his best friend.

When Madigan visits his friends he sees how much he has hurt Abel with his actions and promises to do better. And that’s how Abel and Madigan become friends once again. But when Abel tells Madigan he has explored his more kinky side in the past and needs some guidance, Madigan knows he has to help Abel, or some other Dom will.

Madigan tells Abel more about the Daddy kink Abel is interested in. But it’s just helping out, there is no relationship between them. But just when Abel thinks he has to do everything in his power to forget about his feelings, Madigan has had enough and gives in to his own feelings….

I really loved this. Both Abel and Madigan were wonderful characters. I loved Abel and all his insecurities and how much he needed Madigan. There was so much comfort Madigan provided for Abel.

The daddy kink was very well done. I felt they were both totally on board with this type of relationship. It was nice that they went in with all their cards on the table already. Mad really was a Daddy Dom and Abel just wanted to let go and not be an adult at times.

This kink was more for both of them than just a simple ‘Daddy’ in the bedroom, but it wasn’t as if they were only Daddy and boy. No, they were friends too. It had a really nice balance of both these aspects in their romantic relationship.

There was a part in this book that would have me frowning in other books, as I usually hate a scene like that. But here I loved it. So anyone who is like me and who doesn’t like a threesome or another bed partner in their books, hear me out before you dismiss this book.

Gray and Abel are best friends. They are really really close. They sleep in the same bed often, all cuddled up. They are both bottoms, and do not want to date each other, but they do give each other comfort by touching and by having sex (before Abel and Madigan got together). I was actually a bit sad that they couldn’t do that anymore when Abel and Mad got together. But Madigan said it very well:

“Is it possible that when you and Gray are together, it’s comforting?”
I nodded hesitantly. Was that okay?
“And touch gives you energy, doesn’t it?” He knew it did.
“So basically, you’re okay with me, um…” I flushed uncomfortably. “I don’t know, snuggling? With him, I mean.”

I loved that Mad and Abel had a good talk about this. And that’s why I was very okay when Abel, Madigan and Gray end up cuddled in bed together and then ended up having very hot sex. Abel and Gray kiss and caress and Madigan ends up having sex with Abel and teasing Gray with a vibrator. Mad is the Dom and at that moment he has two boys to tease, but he is still all about Abel. Gray is for Abel, there is no kissing between Madigan and Gray. And since I LOVED Gray, I was so okay with this. It was hot, but also comforting for Abel. Gray is such a huge part of his life, that it all felt natural that that part didn’t end right away when Abel and Madigan got together.

I read the excerpt of Gray’s book at the end and OMG, I can’t wait to read it!!!!

This was a wonderful BDSM book with a May-December romance and enough Daddy kink to make me a very happy girl.

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