In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter's "rebirth". Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas's business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren's lover moves on, maybe it's finally time to see where that card takes him.
Collars & Cuffs' new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he'd find there. Except it's not what he expected at all. He certainly didn't anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.
Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on....The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
©2016 K.C. Wells, Parker Williams (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
I feel like I have been part of the club. I don't know if this is the end of the series or not, but it seems everyone has grown up and out. I love them all so much. the way their lives have gone is so wonderful through all the struggles. really nice job writing the different perspectives.
For me, the connection to the characters and the way the narrator manages to allow us to feel as if each individual is speaking.
JJ is my favorite character. It seems that he has so much to overcome and push through in order to be the sub he is meant to be.
When JJ goes to see his mom even though he is scared, sad, and heartbroken; priceless.
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.I started listening to the book knowing who the narrator was and having the book to follow along. I love the series. The audio version and Joel Leslie brings a new level to this book. The depth provided to the characters is amazing. You can automatically recognize change in character by tone of voice and mood. JJ and Darren's story is a memorable one. When JJ goes to see his mom even though he is scared, sad, and heartbroken; priceless. Then by working in the club JJ realized the great group of people around him. On top of all of the focus between JJ and Darren you wrap in the other characters from previous books allowing a reconnection and its if Joel as a narrator keeps us connected to each individual.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I've got to start by saying I have never read anything by this author and had no prior knowledge of the series. I started listening to the book with Joel Leslie's narration and immediately I thought "what's going on here?". Being used to listen to books narrated in an American accent and also having previously listened to Joel narrating a book from one of my favourite authors I thought I knew what to expect. Well I never!
To give some context, I am a Portuguese national that has lived in the U.K. for 15 years so I'm as fluent in English as Portuguese. I am also quite tunned in to the different regional accents we get in the uk. Mr Leslie did such a great job with this book that I had to stop listening to do a bit of google stalking and find out how does he manage to capture so well not just the general middle and upper class accent but also that of the working class. I mean, I can pick them out and distinguish but I couldn't attempt to try them out myself. Having found my answer to this little puzzle (you can do your own googling if you want to find out) I started forgetting about what I expected to hear and concentrate on the story. I found myself really invested in all the characters and following the stories of the different couples. I particularly loved this book because you get so many happy endings, although now I am very curious to find out how it all started and I may have to read the series from the beginning.
I thought I had my favourite male narrator all picked out but Joel just came in and dethroned the previous. I have a feeling he will stay up there for a long time because what I listened to isn't just narration, it's pure high class acting.
In addition to meeting the two main characters and watching their relationship grow it was wonderful having characters from the earlier books checking in throughout, seeing the developments and changes in their lives. In addition, the reading was wonderful. I've come to expect only the bests from Joel Leslie, but this book had a huge cast of characters and he did an awesome job. I could always tell who was talking by the timbre of his voice, even before a name was given.
I like J.J., how he started out and how he developed. He started out with a particular view of the club and then (in a very organic progression) changed his view, which helped changed his view of not only his life but himself.
When Peter was talking with the reporter. Initially he was frightened but then he stood up for himself. He didn't let the man get over on him. I was very proud of him. He'd been through so much but was able to get past it.
It would have to be something about friendship, because that's such a huge part of these stories.. Friends Forever, Friends Through Thick and Thin, something like that.
I loved how along with JJ and Darren's story we were able to see what all of the other wonderful characters were up to! I leave this series knowing every beautiful man had his happy ending!
Joel Leslie rocked this narration. There were so many characters and he differentiated each and every one of the beautifully! I could listen to him all day!
I haven't read the book. But I loved the audio version
When JJ goes to his moms. He is so scared, heartbroken, sad and afraid. He ends up telling her everything he had been doing, starting with thinking his dad was just a misled guy, that BDSM was what was wrong. How after he had worked at the club and got to know the people there he realized what a good group of people they were and how even he was exploring a dom/sub relationship. His mom didn't judge or turn him away she just asked if he was happy.
Joel did an absolutely amazing job with the voices! You always know who was talking just by the voice. The personality and mood of each character was reflected in his narration. It has given me a whole new perspective on his range as a narrator and will look for more books he has done.
JJ I the most memorable character as the story follows him mostly. He starts out very reserved and shy and by the end he has learned to love and trust.
Although this story is about JJ and Darren, it also shows what other couples from previous stories are faring. Ben and Scott's wedding, Thomas and Peter's growth, and Eli and Jared's branching off to their own club. It keeps everything well rounded and interactive.
It is the end of a series, so I understand why the author squeeze in so many characters into one book. But it really make the book feel cluttered, with main characters less than developed. And the accent of some characters just feels out of place, especially since I like the first book, where Pietro don't have an accent.
"5* book and narration"
Such a perfect finish to the series. The title says it all, story lines threading through the series are concluded and a wonderful new beginning for Darren and JJ. Peter also has his own 're birth' its a beautiful part of the story.
Joel Leslie's narration is masterful, so many different characters to give voice to. Wonderful to listen to.
"Final book in the Collars & Cuffs series"
Beautiful, Emotional, Moving
Any of the Collars & Cuffs books as the characters crop up throughout the series. They are all beautifully written an I really felt the characters personalities came through.
Jared was my favourite character but the others were not far behind him.
There was more than one moment in this book, when Peter stood up to the slimy reporter, When Darren went to get JJ & they confessed how they felt about each other, and then the ending when the subs were saying goodbye to Eli & Jared.
A fantastic series which had me captivated from the first book, my only gripe is that the series has come to an end.
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