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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Echo of Redemption by Roxy Harte



Echo of Redemption (Chronicles of Surrender: Book 4) by Roxy Harte
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Is there salvation in truth?
Kitten is pregnant and torn between the idea of being both mommy and sex slave. With the help of her master, Lord Fyre, she makes the hardest decision of all...infuriating Garret, her second master. This revisits the question: can one woman truly serve two masters?

Lord Fyre is torn between blood and ménage. When his twin brother arrives shot and strung out, Fyre's world of bdsm suddenly collides with his past. Disappearing with his twin seems the only answer. But how can the ménage survive if he isn’t there to hold it together?

Garrett faces uncertainty, knowing he has lost control of Kitten. He knows he must embrace his inner-Dom, known as Lord Ice, if he is ever to come out of the shadow of Lord Fyre and gain full control of Kitten. But is another man the answer?

The bonds of love and commitment is further tested when Lord Fyre pulls his lovers into his dark and dangerous world of intrigue in this fourth installment of the Chronicles of Surrender series.

Love touches us all in various ways. You see many types of love whether romantic, familial or platonic within this story.

I think that it was clear from page one to the end how much Thomas/Lord Fyre and Celia/Kitten cared for one another. The way that Kitten's needs depended on him so much for emotional support made their relationship believable, which is part of the reason that she fell apart when his brother, Nikos, showed up causing Thomas to step away for a while. Leaving Thomas to war between the love for his past life and his brother and his future with Kitten and Garrett/Master.

The relationship I did not understand was the relationship between Garret and Kitten. If Thomas was not around they could not seem to get along in the least bit. The story mentions how they had been together prior to Thomas entering the relationship, but to be honest I don’t see how they did it without him. Thomas really seemed like the glue that held the ménage together.

Individually I liked the characters, but together they lacked certain chemistry at times. Thomas/Lord Fyre seemed to have so much on his plate and so many commitments he couldn't possibly handle everything. It was clear that he loved both Garrett and Kitten, but he just did not have the time to dedicate to the relationship. Garrett, although a Dom, could not seem to dominate Kitten - that was a major part of the problem in their relationship, yet he seemed to be a great dom when it came to his responsibilities at the club. Kitten, although a submissive 100-percent when it came to Thomas, seemed to have no respect when it came to Garrett. She and Garret definitely seemed more like equals and not a dom/sub relationship. Even though the BDSM relationship seemed a little off the actual relationship and underlying emotions themselves worked well. It was evident that they cared for each other and all three seemed to complement each other like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. While you could have a sandwich without the peanut butter or jelly you would still feel as if something was missing.

Because for a better part of this story Thomas was not around you really got to see the problems with Garrett and Kitten - which seemed to be plentiful. At some points it almost seemed as if they would be happier separated. This is the fourth installment in this series so I am assuming that the author previously established how much Garrett and Kitten loved one another and this story just displayed some of the conflicts that happen in any relationship. But since I did not previously read any of the other stories I just saw the problems and not so much the happiness between these two characters. So I suggest readers to read the first story in this series prior to this one since it is obvious when reading this story this series is meant to be read in succession and not as individual stories.

One thing I did really enjoy about this story was Thomas and Nikos' relationship. As identical twins they really had that twin connection. Even if they hadn’t seen each other for a while they were willing to do anything for the other. This was evident in the way that Thomas dropped everything to take care of his brother. Nikos was definitely a character someone would want to see more of.

The external conflicts in this story really added excitement. Thomas was trying to hide his brother Nikos from the people who attempted to kill him and Nikos has attracted some less than desired individuals. Garrett also struggled with the changes within his and Kitten’s relationship and did not cope with them in the best manner. These conflicts allowed me to see just how difficult the relationship between the characters really was and how much they had to fight for what they have and want. Especially Thomas - he tried to protect so many people, without them even realizing how much he did.

This is one of the few true BDSM stories I have read. The “play” really took precedence in this story even over the sex which I found fascinating. It definitely gave me a better insight on what a BSDM relationship can be. So if you are a true BDSM lover this would be a good series to look into.

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