Book Title: Choice of Cages
Author: Alec Stark and Parker Avrile
Genre: MM romance with BDSM elements
Word count: 168 pages
Level of sexiness: medium
Part of a series: no
Amazon Link: you can find Choice of Cages here
Thorne is the talented cat burglar who delights in relieving the wealthy of their fine art and gemstones.
Lane is the kinky prosecutor who’ll do almost anything to avoid sending Thorne to prison.
Even if it means he has to take Thorne’s punishment into his own hands…
They’re on opposite sides of the law, but somehow they can’t stay apart. This standalone gay romance novel includes a stolen painting, a missing gemstone, lemon cookies, and several scenes of steamy BDSM action between two men who can’t help proving that opposites attract.
Safe, sane, consensual. No cheating or cliffhangers. Always a happy ending.
I stumbled across this book on Kindle Unlimited, and the blurb really appealed to me. A thief, a prosecutor, and BDSM—that’s a winning combination.
The book started out really well. Thorne (the thief) and Lane (the prosecutor) had a delightful enemy-chemistry going, with plenty of sparks thrown in to keep it interesting. There was a whole round of will-he-won’t-he before Thorne agreed to the crazy-ass plan of an alternative punishment.
Now, this BDSM-type prison is, of course, the crazy made-up shit in fiction, but I don’t mind that. I’m fine with premises like that, if they’re well executed. Sadly, this is where the book went off the rails for me.
For a book that promised “steamy BDSM action”, the actual BDSM scenes were pretty light. Sure, there’s some flogging and stuff, but nothing extreme.
My biggest issue was that the romance between these two characters went from zero to everlasting love without showing us the steps in between to make it believable. The sexual relationship between Thorne and Lane was believable, even though Lane did put up a fight on that as well, but the whole romantic development was missing.
Also, there were some plot development that were completely unbelievable, even within the world created here. And we lack any kind of information about the prison itself, other people staying there, how Lane got involved in this, and more. Then there’s the completely unrealistic plot development at the end, which I won’t spoil, but which made me shake my head in disbelief. There’s some leeway for authors to stretch the truth, but that one was a few steps too far.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read, this may be right up your alley but for me it missed romance.