Endings and Beginnings, by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Series: Collars & Cuffs, Book 8
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.
Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.
Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
Warning for discussion of prior abuse and abusive situations
This book is so much more than just about Darren and JJ. A large part of it is, yes, but there is a lot more going on. The authors weave a story together, giving us pieces of past characters, showing us how they’re all doing in their relationships, how they’ve moved forward, and what new adventures they’re embarking on. Along the ride that all of these men take, Darren and JJ take one of their own.
The ties that bind JJ to some members of Collars and Cuffs is a terrifying one for him. Mistakes are made, bad assumptions, and trust is not easily won or given. When he meets Darren, he’s in a bad place, a little lost, and really in need of true friendship, companionship, and love. Darren is just the man to give that to him. Darren helps to guide JJ, and with the help of the other Doms, and a whole lot of love and understanding from the subs, JJ is able to grow into a new man. This happens because as with all the books in this series, the love and understanding the men at Collars and Cuffs have is beautiful. This is a community that sometimes feels almost too perfect to be true, just adding to the romance of the stories. It’s really a precious thing.
As Darren and JJ work to find their peace, the rest of the members at Collars and Cuffs are all finding their own. Just like the title says, this is a book of beginnings. There are the beginnings of a new relationship for Darren and JJ, starting from scratch in more ways than one. The beginnings of new frontiers for established relationships, all from the characters in past books from this series.
And just like the title says, this is a book of endings. What is to be the final book in this long series about a club for like minded individuals, it’s an ending for a reader, like me, who will no longer be a part of their lives. It’s an ending to a series of books that always had characters who were good, honorable men. Men who seek out others to be a part of their tribe… of their family. The best parts of this book and series is the sense of family these men share. The community they’ve built within a larger one is precious.
I may have preferred that Darren and JJ’s story was not part of a book that brings the series to an end in this way. Combining Darren and JJ’s journey together with all the other stories that get us up to date with the other characters tended to take me out of their sections, and visa versa. That’s really the only thing preventing me from rating this higher because I really did enjoy the book.
I’m sad to see them go, but I’m hopeful that we’ll see them all again. The door is wide open for a new series to move forward. One where we follow a couple of beloved characters on a new adventure in a new city. I’m crossing my fingers for that.
* Should be read after finishing other books in the series.
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.