Book Reviews

Finders, Keepers (Tales from Rainbow Alley 2) by Jaime Samms at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-March-2011

Book Blurb

All his life, Rory Sanders just wanted to please the people he loves and always thought he failed, until the day Gabriel Stark rescues him from Kane's abusive hands and Rory's own misconceptions of what it means to be submissive.

His search for a way into the world that lets him live out his need to serve others has left Rory Sanders estranged from his family and without a lot of friends. When he meets Kane, he thinks his dreams have come true. Those dreams are shattered when he discovers Kane is less interested in his submission than his total subjugation and humiliation. Unable to figure out how to please Kane, Rory is left in a dangerous and humiliating position, bound and helpless in a fetish club where he at last meets people who understand.

Gabriel Stark is not only the private investigator called in to figure out who Kane is and why he has been abusing submissive men, he's also a professional Dom and the man of Rory's dreams come to life. It remains to be seen if Gabe can overcome his own losses and mistakes and be the Dom Rory needs, or if he will let his own past be the ruin of yet another submissive who needs his help. That Rory is physically, emotionally, and intellectually everything Gabe has been looking for only makes Gabe more determined not to get emotionally invested in Rory's recovery.

Keeping Rory safe from Kane might be more than Gabe can manage on his own, and the result of failure could cost the submissive his life.

Reader Advisory: This book contains D/s relationships and graphic descriptions of sexual and psychological abuse.


Book Review

This is one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever had to write because I find it very hard to make up my mind whether I liked the book or if I hated it. It was also one of the most difficult books I ever read, and while the story was good, the emotions intense, and the characters believable, I cannot truly say that I enjoyed it.

Let me begin at the beginning. Rory is a sub who is desperately looking for a Dom, but trusts the wrong man and ends up totally abused by Kane. Not just physically, but emotionally as well. The rest of the book is about his journey to understanding his need to submit, learning to trust again, and rebuilding his life. He has enormous reserves of inner strength, and he needs them to survive what he is put through.

Gabe is a private investigator who has been tasked with figuring out who Kane is, since there have been several cases of severely abused submissives. He is also a Dom, and uniquely suited to figuring it all out. He falls for Rory, and is desperate to save him not just because Rory needs his help, but because he has lost a submissive who needed his help before.

So far so good. The story is more psychological than erotic, and I found that part fascinating. So why did I have such trouble with it?

I’ve been asking myself this question for a while. I read the book a few weeks back, and the story and characters are still with me. So you could argue that must surely be a good thing. And in a way it is. But a large part of the reason they won’t let me go is my utter horror at the last 15% of the book. Some of what happened was important for the story to work, for Rory to truly grow, and for Gabe to understand that he was able to save a sub from disaster after all. My problem with it is the utter brutality Rory faces and has to deal with. A lot of that latter part was not only a lot more graphic than I was comfortable with, but – in my very personal opinion – was not necessary to make the story work. I guess that is really the root of the problem for me.

So, overall, this is where I’m ending up: this is an interesting look at a sub/Dom relationship which is far more psychological than romantic/physical. The characters came alive for me to the point that I still vividly remember them weeks after I read the book. There is a mystery, tension, and some very realistic human interaction. But let me warn you: this is not a book for the squeamish. To see a character you have come to love and care for go through the horrible torture Rory suffers at the end is very, very tough. Well, at least, it was for me. If you are okay with that, you will probably like the book a lot more than I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 174 pages/62815 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-January-2011
Price $5.50 ebook, $10.50 paperback
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