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Novel (110,000 words)Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, BDSM, Drama, Erotica, GayKyle Roth is no longer safe–not from his lover, not from his friends and, especially, not from himself. Questioning the choices that led him to a life of submission to the potentially dangerous Dominant, Ben Knox, Kyle sees no other way out than through old vices. Just when Kyle assumes all hopeNovel (110,000 words)Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, BDSM, Drama, Erotica, GayKyle Roth is no longer safe–not from his lover, not from his friends and, especially, not from himself. Questioning the choices that led him to a life of submission to the potentially dangerous Dominant, Ben Knox, Kyle sees no other way out than through old vices. Just when Kyle assumes all hope is lost he is saved by the persistence of an old enemy, Gabriel Hunter. Worse yet, a secret past withheld from Darrek–Kyle's friend and Gabriel's partner–threatens to destroy them all! (M/M - For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher's site.)...

Title : From Temptation
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From Temptation Reviews

  • Vivian
    2019-05-16 07:45

    ALL ABOARD!Crazy Train, Part IIThe second book in the series takes the reader on another ride of incredibly hot sex and insanely messed up characters. Having read DELIVER US I can’t say I’m surprised by the trajectory of the story. In this book, we get to see Kyle and Darrek lives implode.Is there anyone in this book who is not completely fucking, batshit crazy? I like how the couples do it together, taking each other down liking drowning rats.Ben's borderline and teetering with rageKyle's snapped and you can only put Humpty Dumpty back together again so many times. Darrek slides into darknessGabriel keep flipping on and off like a switchIf you enjoy soap operas with incestuous bed hopping, wild behaviors, shocking reveals, and dramatics—then you’ve found yourself Grade A quality stuff. Personally, I found this less engaging as there are similarities between the characters demons in books one and two. I won’t say it is a reboot, but there are strong parallels and it is more of a twist of the kaleidoscope.Additionally, the sex while copious is less startlingly physical and plays a great deal more with the psychological which I enjoyed, but combined with the blatantly bad idea fairy regarding the characters’ actions made it less enjoyable than just the voyeurism of the S&M—my preference, so reader satisfaction will vary.The carousel wheel perspective of getting a scene from one of five characters is a bit much when combined with the POV shifts mid-paragraph. So prepare for disorientation. Again, not thrilled with BDSM being portrayed as something only practiced by those with serious mental conditions. Then again, I’m slightly disturbed by the book using horrific crimes for salacious purposes, too. Honestly, this book makes me contemplate why reading it?I’m kinda torn between wanting to finish the third book because then the series is done—check mark. But the other part of me is already plotting out the last book, knowing there won’t be a ton of surprises since there’s been some foreshadowing this round regarding Micah. Hoping the series ends stronger since this was a bit of a lull even with all the machinations and shenanigans. What was shocking in DELIVER US doesn’t have the same punch; I blame it on desensitization.Overall theme of the book can be summed up: I’m going to keep you safe—from your enemies, your friends, and yourself.2.5 Stars

  • Shelley
    2019-05-16 10:37

    3.5 StarsI said I wasn’t going to read this and I meant it. But then the force of need-to-know got the better of me plus I had this little voice of evil temptation whispering, cajoling, tempting and coercing me to read further. You know who you are and yes, you better still be hiding! This book made me SO MAD!From start to finish it is a sickening mess of emotions for me. The most dominant one being rage then frustration and then comes sadness. Never, not once did I feel hope for this fucked up foursome. It’s all too much. The dynamic between them all has become a sickness in my opinion. (view spoiler)[Kyle: His little secret is too much, too sick and too twisted. Kyle is just too much. Now what I have to say might sting. But this is my interpretation of the way things went. Firstly, I have never liked Kyle. I found him to be too manipulative and attention seeking; for someone who is so quick to blab about everything I can only feel that he held onto that nasty secret until HE deemed the timing to be right. Just when Gabe and Darrek are working things out, on their OWN Kyle screws it all up. BADLY. In my head he manipulates the whole set up. I never once believed in the poor Kyle scenario, he used it to screw with them all. I have this feeling that he looks down on them all, internally smirking while stroking his cat. Darrek: I have no idea who this man is. I can’t even believe in his need to submit anymore. I wipe my hands of him. This makes me sad.Gabe: Fuck. I get it. I get HIS need to submit occasionally, but I do NOT approve of Trace and Ben being the ones to give it to him. This was a sickening and horrible scenario. They are like family, brothers and they crossed the line. I hate it! Everything about the set up iswrong on too many levels. Why can’t they see it? Why does it have to be full on sex? Oh yeah, because they are all so screwed up that’s why. This makes me mad.Ben: Poor Ben. Damn, he’s the hardest of the lot and I have to empathise with him. He got played! And yes he knows it but I don’t think he realises the full extent of it. This makes me angry and sad.A happy ending for me would be if each of them walked away from each other for good. They just, made me so angry. Angry because I didn’t understand? Yes. Angry because I care? Yes! Angry because I hate partner sharing! Fuck yes!Angry because it doesn’t go the way I want it to! YES, Dammit!Angry because I’m probably going to put myself through it all over again when the next book is released? Urrgh….yes, that too.Angry because Kyle gets to call Gabe his Dom? Jesus!! Yes okay!Angry because everyone is so attracted to Kyle’s “vulnerability”? God Yes!Angry because Kyle wins? Yes! I know I didn’t get Kyle and his motivations right but I just can’t let go of my animosity toward him. To me this story is the Gabe and Darrek story NOT the Kyle story and I missed that. I hated the way Kyle messed them up, got in the way. He should have come clean with Darrek years ago. (hide spoiler)]Okay, I’m mad but not mad enough to not give credit when it is due. Lynn Kelling’s talent shines in this book. The writing is so much better than the last book. She knows these men inside out, each of them. She weaves a complex mix of emotions that trip me up constantly. Nothing is predictable, nothing is lost, and it’s all here: she gives and gives and gives until you can’t swallow another thing. I sense the emotional sadist is at play and whooping it up big time. Kudos Lynn Kelling you did a great job delivering this one.

  • Jack Pyke
    2019-06-07 10:40

    “Sometimes I want to do the wrong thing.”Dark.Intense.Beautiful.This novel, where the hell do I start? It took my heart and soul, threaded it so intricately through a tiny needle, and used everything that I am to spell out oh, so, very, slowly: The one bad place, the only one “BAD place”— is your mind.Deliver Us. From Temptation. It’s not hard to make the connection between Kelling’s first novel, and her sequel. What is hard hitting is everything that comes between covers and back pages.So, where the hell to start? It has to be Kyle. Kyle. Oh my sweet, sexy sub, someone who just purrs his way over the pages and curls up for petting in just the right way. He’s a clever sub, a manipulative sub, one who manages to bring his Dom to his knees every time—and boy does his Dom know it—and let him. Hard as nails Ben Knox, who only ever wanted a body to break, has fallen head and heart for his sub. But Kyle holds a secret, one that’s making Kyle scurry into the darkness of his own mind, forcing Ben to cry frustration and chase right in there after him in the only way he knows how: Dominance, pain and a submission from Kyle, which only breaks Kyle down further.“Sometimes I want to do the wrong thing.”Darrek. Oh Darrek. What the hell happened to you, baby? From the last book to this one? My lovable giant, Gabe’s lover, Gabe’s protector despite Gabe being your Dom—best friend to Kyle, yet light opposition to Ben Knox. Darrek’s usually so sweetly wrapped up in his feelings for Gabe, nothing matters but the peace and security of the people around him. Only Kyle’s acting strange, and it’s starting to get to Darrek. Kyle’s there, broken, huddled in the corner, hiding from the world, yet at the same time—he’s scurrying, itching at the inside of Darrek’s mind, stirring bad things—and dark, dark… places.“Sometimes I want to do the wrong thing.”Caught in the middle? Gabe. Oh babydoll, you don’t know what the hell you’ve set in motion, do you? Cautious in heart, all scars open—a hard Dom who only ever touched, never allowed to touch, until Darrek takes his mind, body, and soul and keeps it held so gently in those giant hands of his. Knowing Ben’s terrorised Kyle to breaking, Gabe steps in with the cool but sensitive hand to take care of Kyle, as Kyle’s Dom. Only he’s missing the secret—all the signs. Completely unaware of the psychological pressure that’s building from so close to home, through his need to protect and care for Kyle, he’s unwittingly threatening his relationship, his safety—and every part of his own sanity.“Sometimes I want to do the wrong thing.”And back to Ben Knox. The surprise: one of the hardest Doms—the LAST one to step back and offer a reprieve. Christ. By the end of all this? I friggin loved him. All his:My love, my soul—my ability to try and make you all whole: fucking test it, Kyle. I’m staying here right by you. ***This book, this book dragged me to dark, dark places. One person’s actions acted like a bowling pin to everyone else, and their actions helped define all the characters around him. Even when in Gabe’s life, this was about Kyle, this was about Darrek, this was about Ben, this was about Trace, this was about Micah. Everything was just intricately interwoven, all tied together by a secret—one that tears open the mind and exposes all dark faults, dark needs, and darkest desires. And all just to help glimpse how people try and stay sane as they stagger away from, or back into, their darkest impulses.Does it make you crumple? Yes. Does it make you want to hide from what’s happening on page, even though you can’t look away? Yes. But in a way that goes to explaining part of the novel: you’re compelled to follow and not to let go, and that’s the gut-wrencher. You understand Kyle’s relationship with Dare on a deep level, how compelled he is to follow, to “love”, how his own psychology has conditioned him to seek out Dare’s own darkness and ignite it. And how Dare then, in turn, ignites Gabe’s.I read this in just over twenty-four hours; it gripped me that much. It’s so complex — so heartbreakingly complex — yet there’s a lot of strength and recognition of loving souls for what they are. It makes you want to jump into the page and grab everyone into a hold, or hit certain people, at times. I’m still up in the air with how I feel about Dare, about how safe Gabe is. Just so many emotions that I need resolved. Like — now. *Coughs loud enough hopefully for Ms. Kelling to hear, then grins* “You got the “now” bit, right?” But overall, just such a stunning a read.(Disclaimer: I have a shared-world project Ms. Kelling in our next novels. But as it stands, I have had no input into this story or its characters. I'm not officially rating this novel as our relationship for these projects is now underway.)

  • Debra
    2019-05-22 13:55

    This is basically a continuation of Delvier Us and really cannot be read as a standalone. As dark as the first installment was, this one is even more so.Going into this I had no idea what to expect, but was hoping to see a continuation of Darrek and Gabe building their relationship and working through Gabe's horrific past and it's effect on them as a couple. That being said, this book just devastated me. What comes out between the two main couples, D & G and Ben and Kyle, is even more horrifying than what came out in the first. We know from Deliver Us that Kyle is deeply troubled. Here we find out why and it affects not only his relationship with Ben, but with Gabe and best friend Darrek, and it turns everything they were trying to work out in the first book upside down. This book is dark and not for the faint of heart (especially if you are sensitive to themes of child abuse). There is no HEA and there will be a 3rd book coming.

  • Paul
    2019-05-16 08:45

    I'm not a fan of BDSM but this series of Lynn Kellings (Deliver Us) and Jack L. Pyke's series (Don't) are a combined project and they are just fucking AMAZING. I have been pushed to my limit with these books and have felt WAY out of my comfort zone at times but there is a much deeper meaning behind these books which is fascinating and helped me push on through. Almost every **Trigger Warning** known to man is also in these books too so be forewarned but for once I approached this with an open mind. I've found Lynn series darker so far overall but Jack's are just as dark too but slightly different.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-27 09:55

    3.5 stars rounded to 4Man, I don't know what I was thinking when I said I didn't know what to say when I finished Deliver Us because after finishing this...I REALLY don't know what to say!Holy cow. Okay. I'm still reeling. This book was completely different for me. In Deliver Us we learn about all the guys but mainly Gabe and Dare. We learn about Gabes past and how he grows from that. In From Temptation we learn about Kyles past and oh my Jesus. I never saw that coming in a million years. Kudos to Lynn Kelling for that.To say I was aggravated for most of this book would be an understatement. I needed a stress ball or a stiff drink. Possibly both. Gabe, Dare, Ben, Kyle, Trace, Micah...they're all so fucked up I don't even have words. Even with all of their issues I can't help but love them. I really struggled with Gabe in the beginning, started liking him again in the middle and by the end...not really sure how I feel about him. Same with Dare. I haven't really cared for him this whole book. Who have I felt the most for? Ben. Poor Ben went through hell with Kyle over and over. Or I felt he did anyways. Yes, Kyle had some serious issues but Ben wanted to be with him through it all and just kept getting pushed away. I felt a lot for Kyle too, but after a while I wanted to beat my head into a concrete wall. But thanks to Ben I was finally able to have a good laugh: Raising an opened hand, Ben lets it fall, delivering a hard, loud smack to the thickest part of Gabriel's right butt cheek. "Good talk!"I wasn't sure what I was wanting for an ending but the one I got wasn't all that bad. I think it needed to happen, but I would like to see if things continue that way in the next book or if they will be back to how they were or if they will be able to make some changes. Now where's that stiff drink?

  • ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
    2019-05-20 11:00

    ★★★★☆I'm giving this 4 stars, while I can't say that I 'really liked' it (GR's 4-star explanation) it was well-written and kept me on the edge through this harrowing tale. I didn't read book 1and if it's anything like book #2, I probably wouldn't have gotten to book #2. There are situations and characters from Deliver Us that I'm missing the story on but I got the gist of DU. I'm going to have think and ruminate about this book for a bit before I come to a conclusion. I think the couples that are meant and suited to be together are, however, I wouldn't characterize this as an hea. At least for a while, it's going to be one day at a time. Pretty much every character is majorly (view spoiler)[fucked-up (hide spoiler)] and horrifying (view spoiler)[how people in authority, Gabe's step-father and Darrek's father twisted-up sexuality and religion to really fuck up his son (hide spoiler)]. I know I'm rambling but wow, I'm affected. I'll be reading more from this author, I just hope they're not all as dark as this one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Virginia
    2019-05-31 13:38

    I’ve sat on doing this review a few days and I honestly still don’t know how to rate this read. This is probably more of a part 2 to the first book although this book focuses ma lot from Kyle’s point of view but there is also plenty of Gabe-Derek. I loved Kyle and Ben in the first book – they stole scenes for me. I went into this book thinking it was going to be their turn at an HEA and I’m not really sure where I am at at the close of the book. This book was more of a continuing story for Kyle but not really a romance. It’s Kyle finally voicing some things that happened in his life. He’s unable to tell Ben and the reasons he gives for not being able to tell Ben worked and didn’t work for me. Ben couldn’t get Kyle to talk to him and ended up hurting him emotionally and recognized it so tried to help him by sending him away. Broke my heart how far apart they grew and how far Kyle fell into his pain. At Ben's request, Kyle ends up in Gabe’s care who does a pretty good job in helping Kyle initially. However, when Gabe asked Derek for help, that’s when things go down hill and it bothered me that Gabe didn't recognize the problem or potential danger. Yeah, there were clues but then Kyle hid things well and Derek was suppressing some secrets. Kyle is hiding things from Derek and can’t tell him what they are and each time Derek touches him it causes Kyle incredibly emotional harm that he just takes and takes and takes until a scene in which he finally breaks. Heart wrenching and I hated Derek a bit as a result.Throughout this book, I felt that Gabe and Derek’s relationship probably had the strongest footing in how they interacted with each other and understood each other’s needs. Kyle and Ben, though, at the end of the book, felt pretty strong. Ben clearly loved Kyle unconditionally and I think Kyle was finally believing in that and trusting Ben and believing Ben would keep him safe because he had now figured him out. Junior was a really cute gift after the name wore off for Kyle - Junior clearly gave comfort. At the end, I felt so good that Kyle had all his secrets out so maybe he couldn’t be harmed anymore. This is a BDSM book and there are several scenes involving different characters including Gabe working through more issues from his past. Daddy kink, some medical kink, etc. Partner sharing as well.At the end of the book, I was left not really knowing how I felt about Derek anymore. I think Kyle and Ben are in a good spot but then not completely sure, I think Gabe and Derek are in a good place for them but Kyle and Derek seem pretty torn apart and I'm also not so sure about Kyle and Gabe. Kyle is clearly questioning their future interaction and I for one can see his concern. I think Gabe-Ben-Trace have things figured out, but then again, I'm not sure. The book ends with some things hanging which may mean a book 3 or may be the author's intention to have the reader draw their own conclusion. If this review seems like a long ramble of incoherent thoughts, it’s because I end it completely confused about how I feel about it. Draw your own conclusions on this one.

  • Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
    2019-05-22 13:44

    Review to come. Wow im torn confused hurt angry. This book did me in. Cried so many tears. Broken all of them in one way or another.

  • Trio
    2019-05-17 08:00

    This series is amazing. So great to read the second in the series and actually like it better than the first. Such great characters, and they are developed so beautifully throughout these two books. Kyle absolutely broke my heart. While I didn't like or trust Gabriel in the first book he becomes even more unlikable and untrustworthy in the second book - really well written character. Pacing is amazing, the way the author moves from different POVs is incredibly well done. Absolutely loved it & I downloaded Forgive Us before I had even finished this one.

  • FantasyLiving
    2019-05-25 10:59

    This installment seemed to be darker than the first book, even though the content was similar. This is mostly about Kyle's journey, and the secrets that are causing him harm. There is so much in here, it is hard for me to write a detailed review. This is not a romance. It is hard and dark. There is love, but it is twisted and causes pain. The men in this book are severely damaged and in the middle of self realisations. If HEA is a requirement for you, this is not the book for you.Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[ self harm, suicidal references, power abuse, childhood sexual abuse, dub-con, non-con and references to rape fantasy(hide spoiler)]

  • Sue bowdley
    2019-05-30 07:04

    I will do a more detailed review at a later date as Amazon and goodreads deleted my last review....I love Lynns books and she gave me my number one BB...Gabriel....Gabe is a complicated Dom but when he's needed he is there as Kyle needs him in this.....The relationship between them changes and Gabe comes to Kyles rescue.....Darrek (Gabe's sub/lover) broke me in this one but they all come together as the family that they are......Ben does his best with Kyle and although this is a hard read the way it is written is perfect and just keeps you guessing as to what will happen next....cannot wait to read the next one Forgive Us which I've put of for long enough x

  • Louisa Mae
    2019-06-02 07:52

    This is going to be another of those, 'where the hell do I even start?' reviews.I totally and utterly devoured this book, having met these men in the first book, I dove right into this one and literally couldn't put it down.There were secrets to be revealed, and my god once you opened that particular can of worms they went everywhere.Kyle is struggling with his own demons, to battle the secrets from not only his past, but also that of his best friend, Dare. On the surface everything seems okay. but deep down he is fighting so hard to remain calm. It's almost like he wants someone to wave a magic wand and make all the hurt and pain go away, but we all know that won't happen, and if it did, well, we wouldn't have such an awesome book to read, and where would be the fun in that?I felt for him, the emotions and fear he was struggling to balance in line with his place as a submissive to Ben. Now Ben, *sighs*, he stole my heart totally. That man is just perfect, he would do anything and I mean anything to protect the man he loves heart and soul. That is proved when Kyle lashes out and tells him he hates him. Most men would fight back, not accepting it, but I for me those words hurt, they cut deeper than anything else, but they are also so closely linked to the fact you love someone with all your heart. If you don't love someone, how can you hate them?The issues that these two go through to me shows the strength of their love, neither ever gives up on the other, even though they might not be together physically, that emotional bond will tie them together forever.Gabe of course comes into his own, showing that he not only has the ability to care for his own submissive, but to care and show affection and genuine concern for another troubled soul, in who he see's so much of himself.The way the story was told was well handled given the subject matter covered. Nothing was done for thrills or for effect in my eyes, it was very well thought out and sensitively handled. My heart ached for them all, every last one of the fabulous four men who's stories were so wonderfully intertwined. I wanted to reach out and hug them, especially Dare when is past came crashing down into his present.I loved the writing style, and can very happily say I am a fan of Lynn Kelling's work and the world she has created and weaves these characters into.A wonderfully captivating read as you can tell from the fact it too me about 2 days to read.

  • Christi Snow
    2019-05-25 07:55

    My Review:This book could easily be renamed Fifty Shades of Messed Up. Wow...I had no idea. And you know, as I sit down to write this review, it occurs to me that there's virtually nothing I can say that isn't a spoiler.This book is truly Kyle's book. He's on a serious downward spiral, but no one knows why. They just know that he's a danger to himself. As the book unfolds though, it becomes apparent that Kyle is hiding way too many secrets and he is not a guy who can do that. It's literally killing him.This series is about a group of six basic friends...and I love that dynamic which is what made this book so incredibly hard to read because as the book transpires, those friendships truly become toxic to all of the parties involved. Honestly, it's painful to read. This book hurt.But just by the mere fact of how much it hurt me to read it, tells you what an amazing tale Lynn Kelling is weaving here. I am attached to her characters and what happens to them...every single one of them. And at the 46% place in this book, everything about their world blew apart.But what hurts me as a reader is that it never got better. There was no repairing the damage done and I think I needed that. Now that the book is finished, I'm kind of wishing now that I'd never read the same time that I'm dying for the next book. It's almost like the same kind of toxic relationships these guys all have with each other. *sigh* Every one makes it to the end, but I'm not so sure any of them are in a better place. Maybe Kyle, simply because he finally has the honesty so that he can live with himself again. I can't imagine where Lynn Kelling will take the series from here.And I know...this was a lousy review. The book was riveting... like watching a car wreck. I literally did not put the book down all day, but it definitely was not a book that made me feel better for having read it.

  • JustJen
    2019-06-05 05:49

    Kyle and Ben, Dare and Gabriel, oh these poor souls. Kyle and Dare have quite the past, and it comes to a head in this story. They struggle to get past the issues, while, at the same time, Kyle is dealing with the aftermath of his previous Dom. Ben and Gabriel try their best to do what's best for their respective partners, but it sure isn't easy.This story is a bit darker, what with Kyle and Dare's past coming to light and the aftermath when Dare finally remembers it all. Poor Kyle has held a lot on his shoulders for a long time, and it just doesn't seem to get any easier for him once the truth is out. It was great getting to know these characters a little better and how they all fit together and are there for each other. This is an interesting series that has a lot going on, but it will keep you turning pages and wanting more.

  • Vfields Don't touch my happy!
    2019-05-16 06:55

    The boys are back and the drama is thick. Lynn Kelling altered her characters's personalities to continue the series. Kyle who was fun and a man who knew who he was and what he wanted...Ben and delicious pain. So now he's afraid of Ben, what-the-what? Trance and Gabriel kept most of their integrity but overall it was a train wreck but I could not not finish it. There was a sad ending in my opinion and that was a bummer. They all found love but with best friends who can't see each other because one might rape the other one is kooky!

  • Carole-Ann
    2019-06-02 13:39

    Broke my heart reading this. Kyle and Darrek really deserve their HEA's and a lot of peace.

  • Kristie
    2019-05-19 13:44

    This is such a sad story. I don't have the words to describe how I'm feeling. I do know that I'm just really sad.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-02 12:52

    I really agonized over this book. I found it very harrowing. Several times, I nearly stopped reading. At certain points I found myself crying and shaking my head at the characters. The four of them Gabe, Dare, Ben and Kyle are so f***** up, its unbelievable.I am not into the BDSM lifestyle and so have only the concept of it as it is written in books, however, these people seem to believe it is ok to have sex with whomever they want. At one point Gabe needs to submit to Ben and Trace, it of course ends with sex. To me that feels so much like cheating, it was hard to read.At one point Dare tells Gabe he feels as if he isnot enough for him because he has to go to Ben and Trace. However, when Gabe says he will not have sex with Ben and Trace, Dare tells him its ok. I am sorry but I cant understand that, knowing that your partner is going to have sex with somebody else.Parts of this book I really hated and some I liked. I thought this book was going to be more about Ben and Kyle but there was a lot of Gabe and Dare.Wow!

  • Barbie
    2019-06-09 08:50

    I liked it. I hated it. This one was more emotion and angst than BDSM! And, it was a whole lot of WTF!!!

  • Sandy Grassini
    2019-05-23 10:52

    all I can say is wow.

  • Caroline Brand
    2019-05-20 13:57

    Re-read in preparation for Book 3. Still brilliant!!

  • Coffee Kristin
    2019-06-08 13:45

    As much as I loved the kink and the characters in the first book, From Temptation was an upsetting disappointment. This is the problem with "sequels" - in books or in movies - there are places the author takes the story and the characters that, as much as I wanted to read more about them, I didn't enjoy or see coming. Whether that's because the author didn't plot this out when writing the first or because I liked the leads as monogamous, I'm not sure.For example, I just didn't buy that Gabe(view spoiler)[went from being afraid of receiving anal sex in the first book due to being abused by his stepfather to needing double penetration and calling his Dom "Daddy" in the second in order to heal. Or that he went from being jealously monogamous in the first book to needing to have sex outside his relationship with Darrek. While both choices made this book interesting, I couldn't reconcile Gabe with the one I read about in the first book. And one of the things that make Darrek so sweetly compelling is that he's this sweetly submissive guy in this hulkingly tall and strong body. So having him rape his best friend after being driven to it because of flashbacks of abuse might make sense for this book, it doesn't mesh with the Darrek I thought I knew from the first book. I also dislike the idea of three of the men being victims of sexual abuse. Is the author drawing a connection between people into BDSM/kink and survivors of abuse? Maybe not her intention, but the inference was there for me. (hide spoiler)]As a result, I wish I hadn't read this book. It spoiled my enjoyment of the first book, and I loved those characters. Now when I reread it, I just feel wistful for them.

  • Natalie
    2019-06-13 08:40

    So much agonyI really wish I could hate these books. I hate the horrible things that I had to read about. It is now so difficult to figure out who I should feel the worst for and who I should be really upset with. The interactions of the characters are depraved and bizarre, and even though there a lot less BDSM, there's still major kink. And somehow this author makes it all work so that it's okay! I just have to remember that this is fiction and fantasy BDSM. No reality is ever implied.I have to disagree with reviewers who said they were using BDSM as a cure for everyone's issues. Some also said the author implies that only emotionally damaged people are Doms. It was repeated several times that Gabe was taken to therapy when Trace and Ben found him. Kyle was in therapy for a long time. After what happened with Darreck and Kyle, Ben reiterated that Gabe should get therapy for Darreck and himself. The problem was that it didn't seem to help anyone and they still ended up going through all the crap. For the rest, they enjoyed the kink and again, this a mythical group of practitioners, not real-world. So enjoy the nasty, dirty parts, that's what they're there for!Oh, kudos to the first author I've read in this genre, who used "pique" correctly, instead of the incorrect word "peak". That alone made it worthwhile to me!

  • Betsy
    2019-05-31 08:37

    4-5 stars I have a hard time rating this one TBH. The first installment in this series was fantastic so I was expecting great things. Fact is, this book was equally riveting and had me completely engaged the entire time. However, the subject matter in this book was extremely hard for me to read. Not so much the content alone but the way it related to and affected the character involved - some connections were revealed others were established and I had a hard time with that. I'm hoping there are more in the series so maybe there can be more resolution and I can feel better about the whole thing. Still, all-in-all a well written page turner. This second book I feel is a little darker than the first and deals with so many very heavy issues - and you will find yourself hating then loving, then hating again, the same characters throughout the book. Not for the faint of heart. If you're looking for a m/m romance - this is not that book, but definitely recommended for fans of the dark side of the genre.

  • Cat
    2019-06-11 10:06

    Oh. My. Stars. I’m not even certain where to start. I wasn’t certain where things were going to go this time, but I thought I had a clue. However, even I couldn’t have predicted what actually happened. This is a stunner of a tale, and I vacillated between abject sadness and raging fury over the course of the book. This is a dark tale, raw and gritty, and you’ll either love it or hate it. I’m definitely in the camp of the former. It doesn’t end in an HEA, and it doesn’t particularly end in an HFN, but it is incredible. With luck Forgive Us will wrap things up with a bow.

  • Silkeeeeee
    2019-05-16 10:57

    This was a confusing mess. I wish I could say it was a mess I enjoyed, but it wasn't. It took nearly 60% of the book to even get the storyline down in my head. The four main characters were never anything they were supposed to be. They wavered back and forth between who they were supposed to be and what they actually were. To me, they just seemed like a bunch of oversexed men that had zero self control. I'm usually the first person that when someone says, "More sex," and I say, "Yes, please." This just seemed to be wall to wall sex scenes with no real advancement to the story happening as a result. There were editing errors abound and I seriously expected more care from this author. Sorry. 

  • Katie
    2019-06-04 07:52

    Well, this is on my list because when I start a series I usually finish it. But it's not at the top, because from the reviews it sounds like Kyle is written in as a completely different person from the last book and it just sounds painful to read. I don't need my fiction clear-cut and uncomplicated, but I don't like the characters coming back as different characters all together. He was pretty happy in the last book with issues they were working on together... but I can't judge without reading it. We'll see how long that takes

  • Nancy Carbajal
    2019-06-10 13:38

    Very confusing. Theres three couples in the storyline, but two are the focal point, Ben and Kyle. BDSM is the theme with some switching amoung the couples. You have a Dominate and a Submissive with rapes in their past that are making their sex lives and partner lives difficult. The three Dominates are fast friends that sometimes Dominate for each other if called for and submissives that are called to Dominate. I believe the underlying factor here is lines...those that overlap and those that are drawn, or are they? Its all about control and the unknown factor and

  • booklover
    2019-06-16 08:06

    Well......... I did NOT expect that !! This was, yet again, another amazing story from Lynn, and even though it's predominantly about Kyle & Ben's relationship, Gabe and Darrek both play massive parts in the storyline too. Yes, Trace & Micah are also involved but nowhere near as much as Gabe & Dare. Again this was fantastically written and pulled me in right away. There were, as usual a LOT of emotions and angst and one helluva twist too !!Absolutely love it !! FANTASTIC !!!