Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review of Own by Katie Porter

Own by Katie Porter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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