Their Ruthless Sadist by Nicole Edwards Release Date: September 4, 2018 Publisher: Nicole Edwards, Limited Book #5 in the Office Intrigue Duet Number of Pages: 441 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from the author Erotica/BDSM M/M/M Rating: XXX Read 8/31/18 to 9/1/18
There are so many things I want to say about this story. There were also so many feelings I had going into this story. One of them was fear. But before I scare you off from finishing this review and dismissing this book, I have to say I loved this story and fell in love with the characters.
Now, so you can make an informed choice on if this is a book for you, I’ll tell you about my fears going in. I don’t think it’s a secret that Nicole Edwards is a huge favorite of mine. I didn’t want that to change by reading a book of hers that may be out of my realm of comfort. To be honest, there were plenty of warnings given when this book was offered as an ARC about the nature of the story. I’ve made it clear in past reviews that I cannot stand someone giving a book a bad review just because they don’t like the genre. I’m not particularly fond of sadomasochism. I also have some kind of mental block when it comes to men being subs (and, although it doesn’t pertain to this book, women being doms). I’m not sure why that is. It doesn’t bother me in a way that I think it’s “wrong”…to each his own. Do that which feels right to you as long as you’re with a willing partner and all of that. But it’s just something I have a hard time picturing in my mind. I also know that I’m quite good (if I do say so myself) at being objective. I felt I could judge this book on its story and characters regardless of their kinks. Plus, how can I skip a book by this author when I’ve read everything else she’s written? Not to mention, we’ve met all of these characters before and I was already half in love with Zeke from Their Famous Dominant.
Imagine my surprise when I not only fell fully in love with Zeke, Case, and Brax and their story, but also fell in love with this book overall. The shift in Zeke through the story was so subtle that even Case aka the Pretty Boy and Brax aka the Cowboy didn’t fully realize the extent of his change until later. From my disclaimer at the beginning, I’m obviously not in the sadomasochism scene. I can’t attest to this book’s authenticity or the feelings of the three characters. But it makes sense that a sadist has another side. After all, he/she will go out to their job and visit with their family and have holidays with loved ones just like everyone else. So of course he/she could fall in love and be hurt just like everyone else. I don’t think this is a spoiler since, if you read the last book, you know Zeke has a softer side he tries to hide. The same can be said for a masochist. They don’t go along in their life being walked all over by everyone just because in their personal/sexual life they crave pain and/or humiliation. The author did such a beautiful job of showing all sides to these characters and humanizing them to the reader.
The connection between Brax and Case is magnificent. The way they love and care for one another is hard to find. When they enter into their agreement with Zeke, they seem to care more about if the other one is going to get what is needed and if it’s truly what the other wants than if their own wants and needs will be fulfilled. Any relationship has jealousy, but when you make it a relationship of three that just adds more opportunity for that jealousy to pop up. I’m happy the author didn’t ignore this fact even though all parties went into the arrangement with their eyes wide open.
Zeke, Case, and Brax were all so terrified by the feelings their agreement was bringing to light in all of them (although they all kept those feelings to themselves for the most part) that they all kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. That is where having a 3rd in a relationship can come in handy. Every time one of them would start thinking it was time to move on, another of them would refuse to think it was time. That was a good thing since that feeling of needing to move on always, absolutely always, came from fear and nothing else.
I’m getting long-winded and do not want to give any spoilers, so I hope you just get the main point that I highly recommend this book. If you read erotica but tend to steer clear of any of the sadism stories, don’t let that scare you off of this one. Nicole Edwards handles it all expertly and at no point was I put off by the story. A little uncomfortable at times, especially since I’m extremely claustrophobic, but nothing that took me out of the story or turned me off of continuing to read. Plus, there’s the added bonus of getting to know Zeke’s sister. I’m not going to give anything away about her or where her story seems to be heading. Let’s just say if you’ve been reading this series I think you’ll want to see what she’s up to…and with who.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**