Title: Eldridge’s Release
Series title: Club Rebellion 1
Author: Evelise Archer
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: MM. GLBT, Contemporary, BDSM
Buy link: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=796
Eldridge Cristoff worked hard and rarely played, always leery of letting himself go after the humiliation he suffered at the hands of his college boyfriend. Best friend Isabella Catana, submissive and lover of Johnson Petri, invited him to a night at an upscale BDSM club, Club Rebellion-owned and operated by Johnson and his trio of friends. All dominants.
Dalton Peters has never collared his own sub nor had the desire until he met Eldridge. Dalton was immediately taken with the skittish man, deciding to make it his mission to release Eldridge from his sexual prison.
Slowly Eldridge realized the world he was meant to be in. A loving man and master at his side; he discovered submission was not a weakness but a true testament of his strong inner spirit.
With Dalton’s careful guidance, Eldridge had no choice but to give into his desires and heart, allowing Dalton to dominate his body and soul.
Review of book
Evelise Archer was a new to me author, and I can’t believe I waited so long to read one of her works. Eldridge’s Release was hot, sweet, and a fantastic beginning to what I hope will be a series filled with many more installments.
Eldridge is a typical twenty something professional uses a grueling work schedule to substitute for what he lacks in his life - a fulfilling and loving relationship. He’s understandably vulnerable and frightened to step back out into the dating world after the scarring experience with his last boyfriend. He’s not even sure exactly what he wants out of his ideal relationship, but thanks to his well meaning best friend, Isabella, he’s about to find out. The question is, once he’s confronted with the surety of knowing what he wants, will he embrace it or run? I can’t reveal which path he took, but I can tell you it was emotional to see Eldridge confront his fears and discover just what he was made of.
The plot to Release was strong, and the characters were well rounded. In fact, I can’t remember even a supporting character that didn’t intrigue me. Dalton, Eldridge’s love interest was everything a girl/guy would want in a partner - compassionate, tender, forceful when need be and sexy as hell. The one part of his personality that rubbed me the wrong way was his rush to solidify his relationship with El. He just appeared to plan so many steps ahead of where they actually were that it made me question just how much control this particular Dominant had over himself. I understand the excitement and rush of finding someone that you think is your other half, but experience should have caused him to slow down just a tad.
My only other complaint? It was too darn short. The length of the piece didn’t detract from the story, but I’m the type of reader who wants more. Call me greedy if you must, but I love details and backstory. All in all though, I loved Eldridge’s Release, and will be looking for subsequent installments of the Club Rebellion series by Evelise Archer.
Four Shooting Stars