Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Review & Giveaway: HIS TO SAVE by Ari McKay

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Length: 60,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Dianne @ Lyrical Lines

Candy Cane Club Series

Book #1 - His To Serve - Amazon US | Amazon UK


He’s the perfect sub -- gorgeous, responsive, and yet aloof, and every Dom at the Candy Cane fantasizes about claiming the sub who calls himself Saiph.

Nick Tierney sees through the facade of utter submission Saiph projects, and his instincts tell him Saiph has some complicated issues. He would love to help Saiph, but his desire seems hopeless in the face of Saiph’s adamant refusal to do a scene with any of the gay male Doms. Then Saiph offers himself up at the Candy Cane’s charity auction, and Nick seizes the opportunity to claim Saiph for himself, if only for a single night.

The chemistry between them is electrifying in its intensity, but Nick also comes away convinced Saiph needs help. Can he convince Saiph to take a chance and let down his guard enough for Nick to discover a way to help him heal? Or will Nick’s rapidly deepening feelings drive Saiph away for good?

Carra's Review

His to Save gives us another character-driven story in this series, again on the lighter side of the BDSM spectrum, and this time with the added element of using BDSM as a therapeutic tool.  It’s a unique look at that application of BDSM, and while it didn’t really resonate with me personally as a reader, it did make for an interesting angle in this story.

Saiph may be seen as the unattainable sub my the gay male Doms at the club, but there’s a reason behind that, and behind the way he responds to those Doms he does play with.  Events in his past dictate his actions in the present, and Nick wants to be the Dom to help him heal and move on.  Nick is the epitome of a Dominant, his protective instinct and need to comfort and care for a sub is first and foremost—especially Saiph once Nick discovers the reasons why Saiph only appears to be a perfect sub.

The story concentrates heavily on Nick guiding Saiph through the healing process.  For me, at times it felt like those parts dragged on a bit, leaving less time to focus on the actual relationship development between the two of them.  Like the first book of the series, the relationship development part was more tell than show while the emotional issues were more central in the storytelling.

This was a 4-star read for me, and Nick is definitely a prime example of the ideal Dom.  There is mention of past emotional and physical abuse, as well as mention of non-con with a past parter, so if these are triggers for you just keep that in mind while reading.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Author

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.


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