I swear, sometimes being sick is just what you need to take the time and read this one book you’ve been dying to read for ages. And that’s just the case with True North.
I can’t be happier with how this one turned out, and it’s just one more evidence to the brilliant that is Tamsen Parker and the Compass series.
How I hated Slade when reading Personal Geography, the 1st Compass installment. What I now know as crass and sloppiness came through as just plain violence and complete disregard to the BDSM base rules, and he wasn’t nice to India.
But after reading Uncharted Territory and semi “liking” Hunter, I didn’t doubt Tamsen Parker for one second and knew she’d make me fall absolutely and madly in love with Slade.
Communication is the key, guys.
Slade lost his wife to his stupidity and cowardice (yup, I totally went there) and when she asked him for a divorce, he granted it without even blinking an eye. While he loved her and knew she was the one for him, while he would have done everything in his power to make her happy. Because he believed she will be happier without him.
Men are such idiots.
So after six years of being alone, driven by his career and nothing more, he’s getting the chance to live his lifelong dream and beat up a woman, make her feel like trash and degraded. Only this woman is India Burke. Ohhh yeah! Big mistake. Kind of (she does get what she wanted, after all) Because the 2nd time they meet, several months after, she’s married, and he’s… well, yup – you guessed it. An idiot.
Enters Crispin Ardmore (gah! I lubs him) and with the a wink to his wife, they hook Slade up with Rey. REEEEYYYYY!!!!!!!
Rey, being Rey, is amazing, funny, witty, tough and all around awesome. And he figures Slade out. And helps him. And I know (from before, and if you don’t, pick up the previous 3 books now) that when Rey helps someone, it’s fun fun fun!
Lo and behold, part of Slade’s Dom training is in a men’s club. And not just any men’s club – one in DC called the Black House. (love ya, Tamsen, you’re cheeky). And they do naughty things there. And they get army style initiation. Ok, not really… but Rey is involved, so you know – there is one:
“Did you say something about an initiation?”
“I did indeed, my toppy little acolyte. I did indeed.”
*unf* gimme some Rey.
I digress, though, because it’s also where Slade first sees Pressly, his ex-wife, after six whole years.
You can guess (no, you really can’t) the rest. But in case you can’t, here’s a little teaser:
That’s right, I can still have a vocabulary even when I’m talking dirty to my half-naked and kneeling ex-wife. A bigger moan this time, confirmation I’ve nailed it with my dirty talk. Holy hell, how is this my life?
Having said all that while saying not much at all… let me just say that the way Parker brings a sense of healing and peace to her characters through play is amazing. Reading her books is like puzzle pieces falling into place while still having so much freakin’ fun.
I need the next books now, please, Tamsen. Thanks in advance.
5 stars (and a reread)
Four months ago, Slade Lewis got to fulfill his wildest, long-repressed BDSM fantasies during a one-night stand. Since then, getting more has been the only thing on his mind.
When Slade manages to earn the keys to Reyes Walter’s kinky kingdom, he finds himself face-to-face with none other than Pressly Allwyn, the pearl-bedecked love of his life whom he pushed into divorce six years ago.
Now she’s back, and the fetish he was afraid would drive them apart instead draws them together. They indulge in their common kink together, but past hurts and old insecurities complicate any relationship outside their erotic exploits. Caught between the worlds of hot-button politics and even hotter bedroom games, Pressly and Slade will have to decide how far they’re willing to go for a second chance at happily ever after.
Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.
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