Published by: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Erotic Romantic Comedy
What to Expect: Pure joy. I love everyone in this bar.
Thirty people. Two hours. Only the strong will survive.
When Riddle decides to put on a slave hunt, the Subs Club is on board. Tops hunting bottoms in the woods with paintball guns? Yes. Captives strung up on whipping posts, at the mercy of their captors?Hell yes.
But on the morning of the hunt, nothing’s going according to plan. Miles and Drix are at odds over Miles’s reluctance to move in together. Dave is determined to show up D, who thinks Dave won’t last two minutes in the woods. Gould finds himself torn between obeying his master’s orders and living out a longtime fantasy. And Kamen inadvertently becomes a double agent when he aligns himself with two different parties.
By the end of the hunt, alliances will be forged and broken, loyalties will be tested, relationships will be strengthened…and someone will barrel roll. Narrated by ten different characters, Slave Hunt tells the story of two hours in the woods that will change everyone forever. Or at least, remind them that love is the greatest victory of all.
JA Rock’s Slave Hunt is an explosion of kittens and rainbows and unicorns and joy wrapped up in a caramel macchiato and gently whipped with a flogger. It is everything you could possibly want to wrap up the series, except the additional 15 books I so desperately want.
The premise of the book is simple: The local kink club, Riddle, decides to put on a slave hunt in the woodland property that D owns. The tops will hunt the bottoms with paintball guns, and the captured slaves get strung up on whipping posts. As always, Rock captures the inherent silliness and awkwardness of adults engaging in kink and sex play without ever demeaning it. She celebrates it, from the volunteers walking around offering lube to the itchy dangers of sex outside, and shows how real, normal, human, messy sex can be as transformative and hot as the glorified, sanitized version of sex we usually see in romance novels.
And the sex here, as in all her books, is crucial for character development. Every word is important here, every bit of rapid-fire dialogue, every lick of pain, the route to orgasm…it all means something for the character and their partner. Her writing blows me away on so many levels, because of how her words function. This is not lush, flowing prose. And I think that too often, readers heap praise on beautiful prose without stopping to think – what are all those pretty words doing? JA Rock’s words all function, and she makes you laugh out loud while clutching your heart.
Ok, enough with the literary review: This book is fucking funny. Really, really funny. Each character and the partners get alternating POV chapters, and they’re so freaking spot-on perfect. Dave’s pants! Kamen the double agent! Hemsworth the dog! I won’t spoil you for the format of D’s chapters. But I will tell you: I put my Kindle down and cried laughing.
The hunt gives us a satisfying resolution and epilogue for each character, showing logical progression and growth for the romantic partnerships, as well as individual character growth. (Especially for Gould.) Dave and D are my ride-or-die romantic pairing for the series, and their arc was particularly sweet.
This is the book we all wanted to wrap up this wonderful series. I am so sad it’s over, and I encourage anyone who hasn’t read it to immediately go do so. I’ve never read a romance series like Subs Club. It’s unique, it’s compelling, and I look forward to romance readers discovering it as time goes on. I want everyone to love this series as much as I do, and I hope you’ll give it a try.
What you might not like: You can’t read this book without reading the others in the series.It just won’t make sense.
What you’ll love: If you love the series, you will love this book. It’s a love letter to these characters we’ve gotten to know and love.
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