Saturday, June 27, 2015

Review: Shut Out by Liz Crowe

Title: Shut Out
Series: Black Jacks Gentlemen
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: September 13, 2013
Review Source: eARC
Shut Out (The Black Jack Gentlemen Book 3) 

The Black Jack Gentlemen Series - "Detroit's Soccer Team" 
A city and a sport with something to prove—Meet the men who take that challenge. 

~~ Shut Out ~~ 
A submissive once, a submissive forever? 

A man on the run from the only life he’s ever known, Brody Vaughn is poised to accept the Black Jack Gentleman’s newly vacant goalkeeper’s position. It’s a desperate move, but one he must take to regain his emotional equilibrium. Reeling from his Mistress’s rejection and on the ragged edge of a total breakdown, he arrives in Detroit. Numb with thinly veiled grief, he walks into the club’s front office completely unaware that an encounter with true destiny awaits him. 

Sophie Harrison has seen it all--as Domme, sub, and victim. Now that her complicated circumstances have landed her as legal counsel for the expansion Black Jacks team, she holds herself aloof in body and spirit. Nothing and no one gets past her fiercely guarded walls. Until the day she looks up to greet the new goalie standing in her doorway, his raw combination of vulnerability and strength making her breathless. 

Two people, horribly scarred by the excesses of the BDSM lifestyle and hiding from their true selves, meet across a desk over a simple contract. All bets are off.

This is the third book in the Black Jack Gentlemen Series that I have read and reviewing.  This third book continues with a player on the team, Brody Vaughn.  Brody has been recruited as the new goalie for the soccer team, which works out well after his Mistress sends him away no longer wanting him as her submissive.  Arriving in Detroit feeling as if he does not know what to do with himself emotionally, he tries to pick up and find happiness in a regular relationship.

Sophie Harrison is the Black Jack's attorney and is finally starting to regain the balance in her life after her Domme almost killed her.  She has worked hard to take care of the debt he caused and is starting to see the light of day.  The last thing she wants is to find herself attracted to another man, but when she meets Brody for the first time in her office she finds herself thinking about him nonstop.

This story seemed to have more of an emotional pull on me than the first two.  I am not sure if it is because of the courtship Brody uses on Sophie, or if it is due to the direction of the book.  Liz Crowe through me for a surprise with the way that she writes this book and by that she hit me emotionally to the point of tears.  I found myself feeling very sorry for Sophia hating the trials that life seemed to throw her way.  I was like please give her a break.

I  will say that this is a series that you will want to read.  Liz Crowe manages to touch on taboo topics not written by most.  In book one she had two gay players, in book two she has a professional female athlete, and in book three she brings in the world of BDSM.  Not afraid of giving her stories that added touch is what makes them so worth reading.  I have said it time and time again, you will want to get these stories...










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