Tek Cain & Jamie Ryan work at the Guards of Folsom BDSM club. After two years on the run from their old motorcycle club and the Feds, Tek & Jamie are finally able to relax and enjoy their new life in New York City. But the past won’t stay buried, and when the MC resurfaces, it’s Jamie who pays the price. Tek and the rest of the members at the Guards of Folsom must work together to get back one of their own.
This is yet another book that I’ve been waiting to read for a long time, primarily because the last one ended on an evil cliffhanger. This is sadly the final book in one of my favorite BDSM series, but unlike the first 3 of the series which can each be read as standalones, you really need to read book 4 before this one, or you’ll be completely lost. Ms. Peterson broke with her formula and made the same couple and their story the focus of two novels – hence the cliffie between book 4 and 5.
The story picks up where 4 left off – sort of. Tek and Jamie have been discovered by someone who’s after them. Is it the Feds? Is it the MC club? You’re pretty much thrown into the action of what’s already going on without the bridge between the end of book 4 and where book 5 starts. I knew what was going on, but it was still jarring. I would’ve liked for the dramatic event to happen on page, and I think some readers might be disappointed by that. That being said, I was chewing my fingernails, worried about Jamie and Tek both, agonizing with them. That part of the story was very well written, tension filled…then boom. Done.
There was quite a bit of book left, so I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did. From there, the story took a turn into Jamie and Tek’s issues with BDSM because of the aforementioned incident. I was on board with that, made sense given the circumstances, but it was sort of tucked in between finally building their life together now that they’re free, the other guys from Guards of Folsom (Specifically Bryce) giving them the world so they don’t have to struggle much, everyone’s having a good time – then there’d be the occasional issue with the BDSM.
I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly what it was about this story that didn’t click with me, but I think it was the pacing combined with trying to fit the other characters in with the rest of Jamie and Tek’s story, in order to wrap up the series. So as much as I adored (then was subsequently pissed off at the end of) book 4, this one didn’t quite do it for me for the most part.
I think this would’ve been a 3 star read for me, but for a few things. Ms. Peterson is a wonderful writer and I’ve enjoy anything I’ve ever read of hers, not just the BDSM. Also, I‘m thankful that we did get to revisit with all of the previous characters (even if they sort of interrupted Jamie and Tek at times), and it was awesome how we get to find out everyone’s plans for the future (and no, it doesn’t all involve the club). I also adore the journal that Tek keeps throughout this book and the previous one. It’s a great device at the beginning of each chapter.
But the biggest thing that got to me and saved this book for me was the end. I’ve been very cranky about MM romance book endings lately – so many of them leave me hanging or they don’t resolve well, ruining the good feels I had up until that point. Well, Ms. Peterson ends this on a high note (I won’t spoil) using said journal, and I cried. What a beautiful way to conclude the series! So I give this story a 4, but the series as a whole a 5, and I recommend that you read the entire Guards of Folsom series – its well worth the time.