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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Angel and The Assassin by Fyn Alexander

Angel and The Assassin by Fyn Alexander
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (150 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, bdsm, spanking, multiple partners
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Kael Saunders loves to dominate handsome, masculine men like himself. Being in charge is his way of life whether it be in his work with the Secret Intelligence service, his personal life, or in the dungeon. The last thing he expects when he is out on a hit is to fall in love with Angel, an eighteen-year-old boy desperate for the love and guidance of a Daddy. Yet Angel also has a passion for being spanked and restrained. Two very different men find love in a world of skilled assassins, Bosnian terrorists, and dungeon play.

A cold blooded assassin meets pretty collateral damage he just can’t kill. Angel is supposed to be dead. When assassin Kael finds him hiding in the house of the target, Kael knows he’s supposed to kill Angel as one of the occasional innocent bystanders that get caught up in the deadly spy game. Unfortunately for Kael, something about Angel trips his protective urges and he just can’t kill the teenager. Instead, Kael takes Angel with him but their newfound relationship is anything but easy.

Angel and The Assassin is a heavy BDSM book with some unflattering characterizations and quirks that aren’t going to be for all readers. Kael is a hard core BDSM top and Angel is a natural submissive. Angel comes across pretty bratty though with his tantrums, crying fits, jealous snarks, and disobedience. This is offset with Angel’s “good boy” behavior when he’s trying very hard to be the perfect slave for Kael. Angel drifts between the two often and seemingly at random so the majority of the book Kael is teaching and training Angel how to meet Kael’s needs. Angel’s behavior is inconsistent and very immature and so not all readers will like him. His unlikable actions are usually offset by periods of sweetness, loving, and good behavior which helps rein in his frustrating behavior.

For his part, Kael is more consistent throughout the book as the cold assassin. He kills several people and has sex with a lot as well. He’s not monogamous to Angel at the start although he becomes very committed to the relationship at the end of the book. The Daddy/little boy kink is popular in BDSM but sits a little too awkwardly in the context of the book. Angel is so bratty and immature that the Daddy references feel more psychological than just sexual, which caused some unease while reading. During Angel’s more mature, quiet moments the sexual tension feels more natural but when he’s having a public temper tantrum, yelling at his “Daddy” it’s not a very sexual scene and thus the dynamic breaks down.

The kinks didn’t bother me as much as they felt awkward. Angel is a virgin at the start of the novel but soon becomes involved in very advanced BDSM practices that are way over his head. At the same time I kind of liked Kael and his wild eyed frustration. Watching such a loner become entangled in relationships almost against his will is amusing and entertaining. He truly loves Angel and their connection is strong. The ending is pretty abrupt which makes me wonder if there’s a sequel coming. The nature of the story means that not all readers will be comfortable with this but the more hard core BDSM fans are likely to forgive the issues and enjoy the tale anyway.

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