24/7 by J.A. Rock

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24-7_600x90024/7 by J.A. Rock
Series: The Subs Club, Book Four
Release Date: June 6, 2016
Pages: 324• Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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We started the Subs Club to make the kink community safer for subs. Except now the others are so busy chasing their happy endings, it’s like they’ve forgotten what Bill did to Hal and the fact that he got away with it. They used to think I was betraying Hal’s memory by hooking up with the owners of the club where he died. Now they don’t seem to care about any of it anymore.

Maybe I am sometimes angry with GK and Kel for giving Bill a second chance, but they’ve been mentoring me for a year now, and whatever else they’ve done, they make me feel incredibly safe. So I want to try something: I want to offer them my complete submission, 24/7. To serve the people who forgave Bill. That’s the way I want to hurt.

Except I’m starting to care about them in a way I never meant to—and I think they feel the same way. But after Hal, I don’t know if I want to be in love again. Because what I really need, more than anything, is to see Bill brought to justice. Even if I have to do it myself. Even if it means losing GK and Kel.

—Gould

DNF @52%

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish reading this. I’ve been grappling over with last few days on what to say. I decided against rating it, because it doesn’t seem fair. The writing itself was fine. I loved it, but the story and Gould not so much. Everything felt wrong to me. The relationship between Gould, Kel and Greg felt forced. I’m having a hard time explaining why and that’s frustrating in itself. A big part of the problem was reading the relationship from the middle. It wasn’t new it was already established and it didn’t seem sincere from Gould’s side to me. The entire time I was reading it he just seemed to be floating by looking for someone to grasp him and anchor him. That is what’s bothering me. Gould spent so much time in his head, I’m not certain who he really is. I know he’s grieving over Hal, but between those thoughts and the thoughts of Bill I don’t him. He seems so fade to black as a character. Easily forgotten. I’m going to be the one to say it, but I didn’t like the m/f/m dynamics. Not because of the female parts, it’s been they didn’t seem connected at all. It seemed forced alot. Another part of my issue was the tone of the story. This was the darkest book out of the story. Very depressing, and with the depression, and me not connecting with the story I just decided to bow out. It sucks because I’ve enjoyed it up to here. Learned a ton of new things and I do enjoy J.A Rock’s work but for me it wasn’t working at all.

About J.A. Rock

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Manties in a Twist (The Subs Club #3) by J.A. Rock

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MantiesInATwist_600x900Manties in a Twist by J.A. Rock
Series: The Subs Club
Release Date: April 2, 2016
Pages: 283 • Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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Look, I’ll never stop missing Hal, but this Subs Club my friends started to review suck-ass doms isn’t gonna bring him back or give him justice. For me, it’s just another chance to hang out with my friends, even if they think I’m too dumb to understand the important work we’re supposedly doing.

But maybe I’m not as dumb as they think—at least I know when I’ve got a good thing going. Which is why I just moved in with my dom. Ryan’s awesome possum. He’s really short, never makes me feel stupid, and is up for anything. One word: costumes. Two more words: women’s underwear. We’re all about the lace, no leather.

Except when we do pony play. We first tried it as a joke, but turns out I’m ballin’ at it. Now PetPlayFest is coming up, and I wanna take down the Subs Club’s archrival, Cinnamon the ponygirl, in the horse show.

My friends think I’m spending too much time with Ryan and ignoring my obligations to the group. But since when is friendship an obligation? Ryan’s my first serious relationship, and I want to take it . . . seriously. At some point I need to think about my future, not my past.

—Kamen

 

three-half-stars

I’d like to think that nothing else surprises me with this series, but I need to remember I have one more book after this one. In my mind Kamen’s story was suppose to be whimsical since he was already in an established relationships. The relationship wasn’t a bummer for me. I liked that they supported each other, and were able to find peace being together. I like how Kamen came to his moments about Hal. He decided that everyone was able to grieve differently and it’s okay. I like how defensive he got when protecting Ryan from his friends. Goodness, I love Kamen, but it just felt like something was missing for me. Maybe it wasn’t as emotional as the other two, but he didn’t seem like the profound type. Well, no can’t really say that because when the man puts his mind to it he really gives it what he got. The whole conception regarding pony play was amazing. I do think he was facing his fears but doing something so out of the box for him.

I think my confusion comes with the exploration of kink. This is the lightest of the book, and his two kinks to be weren’t explored as much as book one and two was. I mean, the manties is the biggest selling point. I think only it being a factor in the minimum way was discouraging for me. I really wanted it explored, maybe something profound could come from it, or who knows maybe he wears them everyday in lieu of briefs. I don’t know, but I wanted to know. The pony play is happenstance for me. It wasn’t something Kamen ever seemed interested in, and only got interested to take down the world’s biggest Bish. I get it compete in something to throw her off. He did kind of put alot more focus into this then I thought he would. I enjoyed reading from his view points on this experience. I liked doubtful Kamen because it showed his serious side.

As usual, the Subs Club appearance is needed. I finally got my kid time!!! Thanks J.A, Zac was amazing. Loved Kamen’s and D conversations. They were hilarious. I loved Kamen’s viewpoint on Hal, and his innate ability to focus on Gould unlike the others would do. His relationship with Miles is so much more then one can expect. Sure he isn’t the brightest bulb but he the glue that definitely keeps these 4 together. I will say that I do love that everything isn’t traditional for either one of these guys. This is an eclectic group of people, but it works.

About J.A. Rock

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Pain Slut (The Subs Club #2), by J.A. Rock

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painslutPain Slut by J.A. Rock  Series: The Subs Club 
Release Date:  January 30, 2016
Pages: 320 • Published by: Riptide Publishing  • Format: eARC
Purchase Links:  Riptide • Amazon

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.

—Miles

four-half-stars

Mind Blown!!! Where do I start? How about I freaking love this. Miles and Drix are adorable. Everything about this is completely out of my comfort zone and realm. That didn’t turn me off from the relationship between Miles and Drix. Sadomasochism and Vampyres with a Y is not in my realm, but I Love these two.

Miles from book one The Subs Club was uptight and a know it all. He’s not really that different, but we get an understanding of why he is the way he is. That opening scene left me cringing. Yikes, my lady parts were trying to go back into my body. LOL, the introduction between Miles and Drix were hilarious. I liked Drix’s energy the entire book. I mean, if he would have told me what he told Miles I would have skipped away from him. He was so calm, peaceful, and serene. I just think he is a stand up guy. He is definitely needed for Miles character. I think they counterbalanced each other out so well.

Miles is super complex to me. I can picture him in my mind, and I just want to hug him. He dealt with a ton of personal issues, and the whole adopting a kid pulled at my heartstrings. You have to be a confident person to adopt a baby by yourself, that’s how I see it. I applaud him for not waiting on society’s norm on what a family should be. I think J.A. did a phenomenal job at the writing. I thought him being in panic mode was hilarious, but realistic as well. I really wanted a Zach chapter, I kinda was rooting for him since he was mentioned. I need an update pronto on that end.

I ended up googling so many things in this story. That Iron Maiden sound so scary, but then they had this bridle contraption that had me cringing. That entire scene was hard for me to get through, but Miles acceptance at the end of it was worth it. Got side tracked by a pig hole video. **Shudders** That’s not for me, YouTube Bowser’s laugh and it creeped me out. Eww that laugh was scary, I don’t know how Miles was able to keep it up. Literally. Bowser was a sweet guy. I think my stomach was in knots every time they played with the pain aspect. I didn’t expect it to be this severe, but it was authentic. Loved seeing the The Sub Club again. Poor sweet stupid Kamen! He had a really funny scene with Ryan. I died. It was hilarious, plus the guys reactions. Dave is still funny. I can’t with him, and I love that Dave wanted to stick up for everyone. I can’t wait for the next installment. This was such a good story. This series rocks so far.

About J.A. Rock

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

The Subs Club (The Subs Club, #1) by J.A. Rock

The Subs Club (The Subs Club, #1) by J.A. RockSeries: The Subs Club
on December 5, 2015
Pages: 297
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
A year ago, my best friend Hal died at the hands of an incompetent “dom.” So I started the Subs Club, a private blog where submissives can review doms and call out the douche bags.

A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, and real discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.

But . . . not everything about him is awful. His Davy Crockett act just seems like a cover for his fear of intimacy, and part of me wants to show him it’s okay to get close to people. And, I mean, sue me, but I have fantasized about real discipline. Not role-play, but like, Dave, you’re gonna be thirty in four years and you still work in a mall; get your ass in gear or I’ll spank it.

Not that I’d ever trust anyone with that kind of control.

I’m gonna redefine “battle of wills” for the Disciplinarian. Or I’m gonna bone him. It’s hard to say.

—Dave

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The Subs Club stories can be read in any order - just in whenever you'd like!
five-stars


“You earn my obedience, Big D. You don’t demand it. And you don’t lowercase me unless we’ve discussed it.” I felt “I’m Every Woman” for about three seconds.”

“We’re like the Baby-Sitters Club. Except instead of babysitting, we’re face-sitting.”

“I have Vicks in my ass and all over my C**k, and if I don’t get it off I’m going to die. I need milk. Milk!”

Some of my favorite quotes from the story.

I really adored this story. David was an amazing story teller. I could not tell you the amount of times I laughed while reading this. I loved his hyper personality, loved his loyalty to his friends, I even enjoyed his posturing when it came to Pornstache! Ha best name ever!I really enjoyed the premise of the story. These 4 great friends mourning the lost of one of their friends in a accidental way. They decide to come up with a safety net system for other subs in their culture. I learned alot while reading this. I probably stopped to google about 5 to 7 terms!

I really enjoyed the dynamics between David & David, both were in uncharted waters with one another. I like how J.A. wrote their insecurities, and how she had them on this journey with one another. I see forever with these two. I like the vulnerabilities in all of the character’s that we’ve seen so far. I really like this because as much as it’s an introduction book to a series, it’s a really good book 1 as well. She told their in a way that the other characters weren’t lost. I am looking forward to the series.

Phil Dunphy

I think this is one of her best works to date. I can’t wait for more. Bravo J.A. Rock!

About J.A. Rock

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.