This was a brilliantly done book which takes a serious look at a serious subject matter. In this second book in The Subs Club series, Milo has decided to give up his life of kink because he has decided to adopt a child. In Milo's mind he can not participate in the lifestyle and parent. He's also concerned about anything related to that showing up in his background checks. Milo has serious, and realistic, concerns that he will be judged negatively as a result. So of course right in the middle of this Milo meets Drix, a guy who he might be able to fall in love with. A guy with kinks of his own. The story proceeds to follow Milo as he figures out how to balance this all.
When I read the first book in this series I went into it with some trepidation thinking it might be too much for me. (I don't read a lot of BDSM and I don't read hardcore stuff at all.) It wasn't though and I was shocked at how funny it was. So I let my guard down and went into this with visions of more of the same. Silly, silly me. This was way outside my comfort zone. I had to stop multiple times and google what I was reading because there were so many things I had never heard of before. Despite this kink not being my kink I still really enjoyed this book. The author did such a great job developing these two MC's that you can't help but love them and their relationship. Miles is not the funny, out going narrator that David was. He's pretty serious and he lives inside his head a lot. I wasn't sure about him in the last book but I understood him in this one and I really identified with him in a lot of ways. I felt like his struggle to adopt a child and the feelings surrounding that were really well done. Drix was a fascinating character to me. Much like Pornstache in book one, Drix was a very atypical love interest. He's a grown man in a trench coat who is a vamprye. Yeah I know it sounds crazy. But trust me. You'll not only accept it. You'll love him. The two of them together were really good and I loved the way their relationship develops in steps. Not only with the emotion but as they develop their sexual relationship as well.
This was a really good read for me and I'm loving this series. I love that the author is giving us very non-traditional MC's in non-traditional relationships. They all seem so human and so real. I can't wait for the next books in this series. I think it is the mark of a truly great story teller when they can take characters that you can not initially identify with and by the end you not only understand them, but really love them. I wish I could say that this book is very everyone but it's not. The kink scenes are pretty hardcore and you should know that going in. If you enjoy harder core stuff and/or are open to pushing your boundaries I highly recommend this book.
Honestly, I'm ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I'd have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I'm a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.
But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger-attractive and the first genuine sadist I've encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together.
But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix's infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can't think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?
Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.