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Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on October 27, 2015
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
With great sadness, I must write my last review for the Club Sin series. I really wish I could send it out with a bang, but there was one problem with the story that I felt was brushed under and left to rot. Something that in any relationship would bite them in the ass. And then there is my problem of Dmitri taking so long to ask Presley to marry him. For God’s sake he really needed to pull his head out of his ass, which is not what I would have expected from him in his first book.
Mine starts off with Dmitri and Presley at Club Sin in a scene that leaves you in puddle of goo. Seriously, these two were so in sync that I was already wondering if Dmitri was going to pop the question afterwards. Then….they are interrupted by a sub (who knows better) about a situation that could bury Club Sin and out all the Masters and their subs. Someone is out to destroy Club Sin and its members.
Immediately, Dmitri calls the Masters together to figure out what to do next with Dmitri having to make the painful decision to shut down Club Sin until they can figure it out. Giving a speech to the members and then fielding phone calls, he ignores Presley. Not once sharing privately with her what is going on or sharing the burden of what all this means. She is devastated. The man she loves is going through a horrible time and won’t share with her or even seek solace with her.
Boom! And that is where I about threw the book against the wall. WTF! You have a sub you never gave aftercare to from a scene and you keep pushing her away because you have to deal with this and not burden her. No fucking way dude would I tolerate that. And as I read I learn that Dmitri has had her go part time at her job as he doesn’t want her overworked. He will take care of her. Well, what happens when he acts like a dick and she has no money to take a stand to leave? Oh, and she hasn’t told her parents she isn’t working full time.
Now I am a stay at home mom myself. I have faith in my love and relationship with my husband that he will share with me and we will take on all burdens as a team. This story wasn’t that. They weren’t married. They didn’t share. And now what is a woman who loves a man to do when really there doesn’t seem to be trust.
When Presley at one point confronts Dmitri he basically starts raping her. Treating her like a whore. So bad, she safe words. No one who has any feelings for someone should have to safe word like that. Nope! Nada! No Way! While I say he starts to rape her I have to preface it to say that Presley lets it go thinking she is giving him solace and she doesn’t say no to the rough, unemotional way he is treating her until she finally realizes this isn’t going to help. It is one way to me passionate and have rough sex for that reason, but to also hold onto the love you have for that person. This is not what I felt at all and it wasn’t a loving scene to heal.
The story continues and they find out who the culprit is and it relates to Presley. So Dmitri doesn’t want her to find out, so he keeps ignoring her until he can fix it and whala! She has no pain from what happened.
Here’s my big problem. Dmitri really never atones for his actions before finding out who the prick is threatening them. Seriously, I loved this guy, but I just wanted to beat him up with a baseball bat over his actions. He couldn’t see what he did to his submissive. And maybe he thinks they have fix their issues, but what happens when something else hits them? He says he will be better, but I guess only time would tell.
Dmitri does do something incredibly right in the end. It was beautiful to watch and if the story hadn’t gone a way I didn’t like, I would have forgiven him almost anything for what he does. I don’t doubt Dmitri’s love for Presley. I just doubt he has the capacity to take care of her in the way she needs and to share burdens that married couples have to share. Keeping secrets tears down so much so fast. I just wanted you to know that the ending was absolutely beautiful and made me almost cry.
So yeah, I had some really bad issues with this book. If only he had shared what was going on sooner, I probably could have forgiven him the last part. Maybe if he hadn’t almost raped her, it would have been better. Or maybe if I felt he really loved her and knew how to be a Dom I could have forgiven him. I know Dom’s make mistakes. But a better Dom knows when he has made them and I don’t feel Dmitri did. I am sorry I had to end this series this way. I was sorry when I saw Sawyer leave Club Sin on what I felt was a hasty decision in the last book. I really loved this series and will hopefully re-read it someday.