(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I have a few mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it was an interesting look at the lifestyle and the community. On the other hand, I didn’t really feel like the characters’ limits and safewords were really respected as much as they could have been. I felt that there were a lot of issues of commitment.
The characters themselves were fairly interesting. I liked the different layers to them. This was the third book in a series, but I still found it fairly easy to read and follow. I also liked the fact that there was a plot as well as all the scenes going on between the characters.
I found it really easy to understand and empathise with the characters. Although there were quite a lot of them, I could mostly differentiate between the separate characters. I appreciated the fact that a contract was used in at least one of the scenes, but some of the things that were done really made me cringe and seemed to skirt the line of non-consensual.
Although I could see a lot of the events happening in my mind, I did notice that this book kept switching between past and present tense, which was quite distracting to read, especially when it did that on the same page.
Probably my favourite part of this book was the relationship between Trace and Micah. That seemed to almost end with a resolution, while I felt that the others still didn’t really come to a conclusion I was all that happy with.
I’m not sure if I’d read the other books in this series. It would probably depend on the plots and I’d have to judge on a book by book basis. I would check out other books by this author in other series, though.