Watch Point, by Cecilia Tan
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Eric Sakai-Johnson joined the Navy SEALs to protect his country and the people he loves. After discharge, he finds himself relegated to protecting big pharma billionaire Aiden Milford from assassination attempts and kidnapping. Until Aiden reneges on a promise, fires Eric, and lets Eric’s mother die with millions of dollars in medical debt.
Now Eric is the kidnapper. Snatching Aiden’s twenty-two-year-old son, Chase, for a multi-million-dollar ransom is the only way to get justice. It’s time for Aiden to learn what it’s like when someone you love is at the mercy of forces beyond your control. Eric has it all planned out. The one thing he didn’t plan for is the intense erotic spark between him and Chase.
Chase has been chafing under his father’s autocratic control. A gay hookup app has been his only ticket to rebellion—to clandestine moments of freedom, excitement, and danger. Now it’s his ticket to a deep connection and amazing sex with his “captor.” On the rocky island where they’re sequestered, Chase finds Eric to be everything he wants in a man: quiet, strong, capable, and honorable . . . until he finds out he’s been captured for real.
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Content Warning for: Kidnapping/Abduction, Dubious Consent, Slave Capture (fantasy) Capture (actual), Rape Fantasy (fantasy), Rape (actual) Abuse, and Neglect.
Trigger warnings… this story is full of dubious consent due to the kidnapping. Actual kidnapping. Rape fantasy between kidnapper and hostage.
MY REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS BECAUSE I CAN NOT REVIEW IT WITHOUT THEM.
Okay, are you still with me after all the warnings? Good. Let me tell you something about me. I can read dub con and non con books. I can. I’ve been known to read quite a lot of them, actually. So just know that the fact that this book is riddled with it, that’s not totally my problem. Where I had issues was the way in which this story was told.
The writing isn’t all that bad, truthfully, which is why it’s getting 2 stars from me. But those two stars were hard earned. As in I am still contemplating changing it to 1 star, or 1.5. This story about Eric who is planning to kidnap the child of his previous boss felt wrong wrong wrong. It made me feel bad reading it. The only reason I finished it was because I have a hard time leaving a character behind and not knowing what their final fate will be.
Eric is supposedly this ex Navy Seal. So, badass dude, right? Nope. He’s really not. He’s tough and all, he knows survival skills and stuff like that, but badass dude he is not. Someone who is supposed to be an example of the type of men we have serving our country would not behave like this. At least I hope not. And I know… people are who they are. But this guy was not in the least bit likable. For someone who wanted revenge on his former boss, he comes off worse than you’d think. Kidnapping? Drugging the person you’re taking, having sex with them under the assumption that the hookup you’d arranged with them was exactly that, a hookup, and keeping it going for days and days? Nope. Big. Fat. NOPE.
I felt so bad for this kid Chase. He thought he was signing up for a good time. Hooking up with someone who could fulfill his need for a kidnaping fantasy… or something. He’s a kinky guy and has a lot of fantasies that he’d like to play out, and he does but none of that was truthful. Not really. All he got was his heart broken and a major feeling of betrayal. Oh, and probably a case of Stockholm Syndrome because yea, they do end up together in the end.
Ugh. I feel like I’m all over the place with this. What you should know though, is that this is a book with a weird take on what is supposed to be dub con, with a serious scene of total non con/rape and it’s gross and made me feel dirty just reading it. There are some parts that kept me going, mostly me rooting for Chase to get away and finally be free from kidnappers and overly “protective” fathers who are actually just abusive and cruel. But all I really got out of this was a whole lot of disappointment.
This book, it should be noted, is also part of the Riptide Holiday Bundle. This bundle of books has 20% of the proceeds going to the Russian LGBT Network. A worthy cause for a holiday bundle. Sadly, this part of the bundle was neither celebrating any holiday or keeping with the holiday spirit. And for that, I think the publisher missed the mark.
Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball, from her home in the Boston area. She is the author of many books, including the award-winning books Slow Surrender, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, and The Prince’s Boy. She has edited over 50 anthologies of erotica for Red Silk Editions, Thunder’s Mouth Press, Blue Moon Books, Masquerade Books, Ravenous Romance, and for the publishing house she founded, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Best American Erotica, and many other places. She has served as publications director for SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) since 2011.
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