27 October 2014

Own by Katie Porter

Sleeping with the colonel’s daughter? Risky. Making her call you Sir? Reckless.
When a mission against the Russian mafia goes south, Colonel Stafford, head of a deep-cover ops team, wrests a hospital-bed promise from his protégé. Although eager to return to the field, Evan Sommers swears to keep the colonel’s daughter, Katsu, safe from retaliation.
The task isn’t simple for the battle-tested Marine Corps captain. Four years have passed since his secret affair with sweet, compliant Katsu. Now she’s a streetwise pool shark who refuses to obey any command.
Kat resists the need for Evan’s protective shadow, until deadly threats expose her vulnerability. Her future depends on this hardened soldier, and their sizzling dynamic reveals what Kat’s bland college dating life lacked—a man with the will and desire to tame her.
Danger creates potent, unexpected scenarios that test their sexual limits, yet a real relationship is impossible. Evan is the warrior who could be her Master, but how can she fully submit? The next mission—even the next knock on the door—could rob Kat of the man she loves.
Warning: This book contains a reformed playboy Specials Ops stud who knows how to tease, demand, and spank what he wants out of a colonel’s unruly pool shark of a daughter. Wait…how is this supposed to be a warning?
Own was an awesome read. It reminds me of Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series. Not the story itself, but the way it encompasses multiple genres. You get romantic suspense, action & adventure, and a contemporary military romance all with a healthy dose of some seriously hot BDSM/erotica. Ms. Porter (the pen name for the collaborative writing efforts of Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty) has created a fascinating read that only prior obligations and major exhaustion kept me from reading it in one sitting.

The action & adventure elements of this book keep the storyline moving full-steam ahead. The contemporary military romance and the romantic suspense aspects intertwine to produce plotlines that cannot be reviewed without revealing spoilers (NOTE – do NOT read the blurb for book 2 until you have read Own unless you want a spoiler). But it is the way in which Ms. Porter weaves the BDSM/erotica elements throughout the book that probably fascinated me most. I read a LOT of BDSM/erotica books and most of them focus on the D/s relationship. The relationship between Katsu and Evan starts off as a D/s relationship – both times. However, the second time around it begins to morph into an M/s relationship. I don’t read many M/s books; not because I don’t like them, but because I haven’t found many authors who can write them successfully. In my opinion, the relationship that Ms. Porter creates between Katsu and Evan captures the dynamic that is necessary to make the Master and slave relationship believable. In their relationship, when Evan takes on the role of Master he is able to give Katsu what she needs to feel whole and vice versa, her following his commands fulfills his need to own a woman, especially a woman he loves and who loves him back. I loved that he considers her his light in the dark world his work takes him.

I have read M/s books that are not only not believable, but the relationship is degrading and abusive and this is the primary reason I don’t read many M/s books. I don’t enjoy humiliation-based reads and a couple of badly written M/s books have put me off the sub-genre for quite a while because it’s not something I want to spend my money on. As such, the opportunity to review Own for free was a risk I was willing to take and I am so glad that I did. Ms. Porter has made a fan out of me and I look forward to working the second book in the Command Force Alpha series, Snap, into my reading schedule as soon as I can. Thank you Ms. Porter for giving me back the M/s sub-genre.
Katie Porter is the award-winning co-writing team of Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty, friends of nearly seven years. After wishing, scheming and planning, they finally share an office in the Chicago area.

Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders.


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