Saturday, June 9, 2018

New Release-Review & Giveaway: SUB MISSION by T.S. McKinney

Sub Mission
Author: T.S. McKinney
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 7, 2018

With subs being murdered at a Miami BDSM club, experienced dominant Agent Seth Wilkinson must find his own submissive to “entice” a killer. When he’s paired with Agent Baker Daley he wonders just how much a straight man can fake.

Baker Daley knows he can “play the part”; he just needs a chance to prove it to Wilkinson. Being a straight man should have no bearing when his Domme has trained him well in the practice and lifestyle of submission. After all, this is just a job, right?

One scene. One intuitive Dom. One sassy sub. The game is afoot…in more ways than one.

As passions ignite and both men grapple with their internal desires, the mission begins to heat up. In a race against time, confusion and danger, they may just discover the greatest threat is to their hearts.

Jayne P. Sayle - “ paced and it keeps you hooked from the very first page.”

Jenny Prose - “This is an absolutely amazing love story of 2 men.”

Barbara - “, sassy suspenseful and exciting.”

The blurb for this story is what drew me in, plus the fact that I’ve enjoyed the other books I’ve read by this author. I’m always game for anything with BDSM, as well as stories that promise some type of suspense related to criminal investigation all wrapped up with some romance. Sub Mission has all that, and punctuates it with a cocky alpha Dom and a sassy sub. 

Seth is definitely cocky, with good reason though—he knows what he’s doing. And Baker is the perfect sub…though how he’ll do with Seth when Baker is straight is anyone’s guess. Until after their first test scene before they start the assignment. The two are the ideal D/s pair, though as things progress Baker becomes conflicted with the feelings and desires he begins to experience concerning Seth. Seth’s in a similar position when it comes to feelings, which is a recipe for conflict—not to mention a conflict of interest when it comes to their case.

There are times during the story that it felt a bit rough around the edges which I attribute to the characters’ personalities both individually and as they interact with each other, but also to certain points where things felt rushed to me (it’s hard to detail this in a review without spoilers, though one of those points is when Baker is pushing Seth to advance their physical interaction). There’s also the very short time period in which the events of the case take place—just a few days—which makes this story fall into the insta-love category for me. Yes, relationships tied to BDSM tend to provoke more intense feelings (at least in books, I don’t know about real life), but considering Baker is supposedly straight at the start of the story, it makes the acceleration of the relationship a bit too much on the rushed side for my liking.

The supporting characters do a good job, though I found Landon to be a bit peculiar. I liked his son Ari, and since there’s some setup towards the end of the story for Ari I’m now looking forward to hearing his story.

Sub Mission was a 3.5-star read for me. I liked how Seth and Baker fit together in terms of their D/s scenes and the results Seth could easily achieve with Baker. Their interactions outside of that were less smooth and the pace of their relationship a bit rushed at the start, which was a strong contributing factor in my final rating. This is a good start though for what looks to be a series, and I’ll be following along and hoping Ari’s story will be coming next. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and explicit erotic sexual content.

T.S. McKinney lives in East Tennessee with her high school sweetheart/husband and all the countless dogs she picks up from deserted country roads. Her professional career has been in business but her heart has always belonged to the fantasy world found in books.

Creating wicked worlds where one can meet the perfect hero – and then do anything to him that you want – has been a hobby that has brought her plenty of hours of fun and naughty entertainment.

When not working, reading, or writing, she loves to spend time with my family and forcing them (because they don’t really have another choice) to allow me to redecorate their houses…and listen to my naughty…sometimes sadistic stories.


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