Pain Slut (The Subs Club #2) by J.A. Rock #mm #review @jarockauthor @RiptideBooks


Pain Slut

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Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together.

But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.

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Miles is a masochist. In fact, Miles is probably the most hardcore masochist I’ve encountered in my reading. To be fair, I don’t read a lot of sadomasochism-themed books because I don’t appreciate novels in which abuse is excused as sexual sadism, especially in BDSM romances. But as I enjoyed book one, The Subs Club, and am a fan of Rock’s work, I wasn’t really worried about a misrepresentation of sadism in Pain Slut. And while I didn’t expect the level of pain that Miles seeks out, he did so in a sane, safe, and consensual manner with a play partner he trusted. So even though some of the scenes had me crossing my legs in sympathy (and I don’t even possess the same sensitive equipment), I never once questioned Miles’s safety.

 

As the oldest among their group of friends, Miles is a bit more mature, responsible, and cautious than the other founding members of the Subs Club. Or at least he believes he is. Yet he doesn’t confide in his friends as much as they do with each other, so it wasn’t surprising when they didn’t give an outpouring of support after he informed them that he was adopting a child. Although, it could have been his announcement that he was giving up kink that contributed to their surprise as well. But the great thing about true friendship is that once they wrap their head around a major change (or pull said head out of their arse), they have your back – which is how Miles began to recognize that the family you make can be just as important as the one you’re born into. And even their most outrageous suggestions – the masochist’s bucket list – can lead you to exactly who and what you need. Miles’s masochistic bucket list certainly had the makings for some seriously hot scenes and some excruciatingly painful ones and Rock delivered on both. The author also delivered some major heartbreak and disappointment before giving us Miles and Drix’s happy-for-now ending, and it does look really promising.

 

Pain Slut not only proved to be entertaining and informative, but it also confirmed for me that I am so not into pain. There were devices introduced that I actually had to Google to understand the scenes. And, um, NO!!! More power to Miles and his ability to not only recognize what he wants and needs, but to also ask for it from someone he can trust. I enjoyed Drix’s lifestyle choice and had the same initial reaction to it that Miles did, and much like Miles, as Drix explained more about it, I understood it better and stopped questioning his level of crazy. With all of the stress Miles was under, I found his outbursts and breakdowns to be appropriate for what his character was dealing with. I agreed wholeheartedly with Kamen’s mother’s interference because someone needed to point out to Miles’s mother that her response to his revelation was not supportive and certainly not what he needed from his mother when he had gone to her seeking support. I know I’m forgetting something I wanted to include in my review, but I suppose that’s a good indicator of how much I enjoyed Pain Slut. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series to see how Kamen and the newly introduced Ryan proceed.

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