Power Play (Renee’s review)

Title: Power Play
Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary/Age-gap/DD-lb/BDSM/Mental illness
Page Count: 276
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  4 flames out of 5
Rating:  4.1 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 had to look up DD/lb before I started reading this one. And I knew going in it wasn’t going to be my cuppa.

So why would I read this, then?

Because Cara Dee.

I read it if she writes it.

And I’m glad I did, because some of it was hot! Some of it wasn’t the best. One thing made me cringe.

But I loved the story and the way Dee can make me feel.

My heart was breaking for Abel within the first few chapters. My eyes may have even been leaking.

To be in love with someone for so long, only to have your heart shattered. Damn. Dee can write.

Just because he was perfect for me didn’t mean I was perfect for him.

But Madigan isn’t immune to Abel, as he would have him believe. He winds up breaking his own heart in the process. What’s holding him back is that he’s known Abel since Abel was six. He’s Abel’s parents’ best friend. How could he possibly go there?

In a perfect world, I’d be your Daddy,

Once they become “friends” again, you’re back in the Camassia Cove world where the last book with Casey and Ellis left off.

The dynamics of Madigan and Abel’s preferences were a joy to explore. Dee made me understand them a whole lot better than I did prior to this book.

And did I mention how many feelz Dee provoked? It’s worth it to say again. This is why I read her, every single time.

There was one scene, toward the end that I didn’t like so much. I feel the need to mention it in case it’s a hard limit for some readers. It involves a third brought into their bedroom. And while it wasn’t a typical third situation, it’s still not a personal taste of mine, so I wish I’d be able to unread it.

Other than that, every word was a joy. The emotions, the prose, the character and relationship building were so on point. Recommended!

“My sweet trouble…” he whispered against my skin. “I can’t fucking stay away from you anymore.”

Camassia Cove Series

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Galley copy of Power Play provided by Cara Dee in exchange of an honest review.


I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.