Book Title: The Detective’s Pleasure
Author: Christa Tomlinson
Genre: MM romance
Word count: 105k, 244 pages
POV: third person, past tense, alternating
Level of sexiness: medium
Part of a series: yes, book 2 in the Cuffs, Collars, and Love series
Amazon Link: You can find The Detective’s Pleasure here
“You’ll kneel for me without me having to tell you to. And when you do, you’ll feel so much better. Trust me.”
– Detective Sam Roberts
Officer Ryan Bennett: Ambitious and smart, Ryan Bennett is a young officer on Houston’s police force. He’s pursuing his dream of being promoted to the city’s elite SWAT team with a single mindedness that won’t accept any outcome but success. But that isn’t his only dream. Ryan wants more than a coveted position on SWAT. He wants to be owned by a strong Dominant. To give himself up to a Dom who will make him shudder with pleasure beneath a firm yet loving hand. Unfortunately, Ryan has had nothing but failure in that part of his life. Now, he’s hidden that dream away from everyone, including himself. And he refuses to let anyone close enough to see what he truly desires, and who he truly is.
Detective Sam Roberts: Cool and calm, Detective Sam Roberts is good at reading people, during the day as a detective and at night as a Dom. He easily sees past the hard layer of arrogance surrounding Officer Ryan Bennett to the hurt submissive hiding beneath. He wants to help Ryan, even though the stubborn young man resists him. But Sam isn’t one to back down from a challenge. He’s determined to help Ryan embrace the soft, giving nature of his submissive side. Using both a gentle hand and the sting of the whip, he’ll work to coax Ryan’s submission free. But what will Sam do if he’s successful? Let Ryan go as promised? Or give the young officer the very thing he’s wanted for so long?
The Detective’s Pleasure is Book Two in the Cuffs, Collars, and Love series and is the follow up to the best-selling m/m romance, The Sergeant. If you love romance that is epic, emotional and erotic, you’ll want to give this series a read!
The Detective’s Pleasure had a number of elements that should have made it a great read: BDSM (which I love), an alpha-male setting (cops and a SWAT team), and a stubborn sub. Yet I found it hard to get into this book, and I never connected with it.
The primary reason was that I never warmed up to Ryan—and that’s putting it mildly. From the very first page, he came across as an arrogant, stuck-up, OCD type who sported an unhealthy obsession with his previous Dom. While we learn more about the reasons for his behavior later (he’s scared of being rejected again by a Dom), it didn’t make me like him.
The fact that he got screwed a few times and got his heart broken doesn’t automatically make him an attractive character to want to know. He pretty much stayed an aloof, stubborn guy until the last few chapters, and that made it hard to feel any sympathy for him. His behavior on his new SWAT team, for instance, frustrated the hell out of me.
Sam, on the other hand, seemed almost too perfect as a character. He’s unflappable, has the uncanny sense to know what Ryan needs, accepts a whole lotta crap from him, etc. It made him untouchable, but also not really fallible and human. The one mistake we see him make is the way he offered to collar Ryan, and that was so weird and out of character that it didn’t make sense to me at all.
I did not read the first book in this series, but this one can certainly be read as a stand-alone. That being said, the backstory of Logan and Clay does play an important part here. Maybe if I had met Ryan in the first book, I would have looked at him differently, I don’t know.
Now, I realize this is all highly subjective, so I’m not saying by any means this is a bad book. It’s not. The writing is decent and relatively error-free, if somewhat detached. I think a closer POV where we would have gotten more into the heads and hearts of the two MC’s would have helped create more sympathy for them as well. The BDSM elements are well done, so I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will really enjoy The Detective’s Pleasure. I’m just not one of them, sadly.
[I was given this book by the author to review]