We started the Subs Club to make the kink community safer for subs. Except now the others are so busy chasing their happy endings, it’s like they’ve forgotten what Bill did to Hal and the fact that he got away with it. They used to think I was betraying Hal’s memory by hooking up with the owners of the club where he died. Now they don’t seem to care about any of it anymore.
Maybe I am sometimes angry with GK and Kel for giving Bill a second chance, but they’ve been mentoring me for a year now, and whatever else they’ve done, they make me feel incredibly safe. So I want to try something: I want to offer them my complete submission, 24/7. To serve the people who forgave Bill. That’s the way I want to hurt.
Except I’m starting to care about them in a way I never meant to—and I think they feel the same way. But after Hal, I don’t know if I want to be in love again. Because what I really need, more than anything, is to see Bill brought to justice. Even if I have to do it myself. Even if it means losing GK and Kel.
As the final single member of the Subs Club, we finally get Gould’s story. To be honest, I had no idea of what to expect because even after three books, I had no bead whatsoever on Gould’s character. While each of the previous books have focused on one of the four guys, giving us a chance to get know him better, Gould has been around more than most because of his connection to Hal. He’s had a couple of pivotal moments in the others’ books, yet nothing I’d read would have prepared me for Gould’s story. Even if it had been revealed that Gould’s kink was humiliation, I still wouldn’t have been ready for this book.
Personally speaking, I do not do well with humiliation. Usually when I read BDSM romances, I can enjoy the character’s reactions to their kink vicariously, even if the kink itself does not work for me. Humiliation is one of the few exceptions to that because it turns me off so thoroughly that I get nothing out of reading it. But in the case of 24/7, Rock gives the reader unfettered access to Gould’s mind and it was clear to me, that while he might have a humiliation kink, much of what Gould was seeking out was a way to deal with his grief and guilt surrounding Hal’s death. He seemed to be looking for an appropriate way to be punished for not being there to save Hal. It was the psychological aspects of Gould’s behavior that kept me glued to my Kindle. This is actually a rather shocking admission because the author has written some freaking hot M/M and ménage scenes that don’t include Gould’s humiliation preferences. But Rock does such a good job of conveying the confusion and competing thoughts that Gould deals with that I got lost in his grief with him, and it was a scary place be.
While all of the books in the series have stressed the importance of communication between partners, this installment takes the discourse even farther because we not only learn more details about Hal’s death, but we also see how far reaching the consequences can be when a sub withholds information from their dom. The scene in which Kel goes hard core domme and humiliates and denigrates Gould is intense, but it is the after effects that are truly frightening. It was not an easy scene to read, but the fallout was fascinating because of Gould’s failure to communicate. The relationship dynamics between Gould, Kel, and Greg were equally interesting and I enjoyed watching the conflicts play out as much as I enjoyed their steamy scenes. Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in this series, I am still surprised that Rock was able take a subject I not only dislike, but that also turns me off – humiliation – and pen a novel that I came to love. I am assuming that 24/7 is the final installment in The Subs Club series, but I would be happy to be proven wrong because I have been completely entertained by this less than glamorous look into the lifestyle.