Thursday, October 1, 2020

Stardust Award: Breaking the Rules by Jodi Payne and B.A. Tortuga


Breaking the Rules

Series:  The Triskelion, 1

Author:  Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga

Publisher:  Tygerseye Publishing

Genre and Pairing:  MM,  BDSM, Contemporary

Reviewer Name: Redz

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Publisher Blurb 

Saul Reynolds manages a busy bicycle shop in downtown Boulder, Colorado. A recent CU graduate, he’s also a Dom, and has many friends his age in the scene. Saul’s an old soul, and even at twenty-five, he’s had enough experience to understand his own desires. He’s had plenty of lovers and he’s played the role of part-time Dom, but he’s never found the perfect combination of lover and sub in one man.

Troy Finch lost his lover in a rodeo accident twenty years ago, moved to Boulder, and has worked as a line cook in his friend Carter’s diner ever since. He’s attended many parties at Carter’s home with couples in the BDSM lifestyle and feels comfortable in a submissive role, but without a Dom of his own, Troy hasn’t explored what that really means to him. He has needs he doesn’t entirely understand and finds his only outlet at the hands of Carter’s husband, Geoff, a tattoo artist who has used Troy’s skin as a canvas for as long as they’ve known each other, covering Troy in colorful, intricate triskelia.

Troy doesn’t know what he was thinking accepting a dinner invitation from a kid half his age, but everything feels right about their evening together, including Saul’s Dominant side. The rules for a twenty-five year old gay cowboy from years ago, though, are totally different than for a twenty-five year old college grad in Boulder now, and despite Saul’s confidence, Troy isn’t sure whether they can make it work.

Saul and Troy manage to bend a good many rules in the name of caring and compromise, but in the name of love, there are some rules they’re just going to have to break. 



Breaking the Rules by authors Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga is the first book in The Triskelion series. I loved the emotion in this story.  The characters all of them both main and secondary are memorable and I want more of them.

Saul: Manages a bike shop.  He is 25 years old and dominate. He is fresh out of college and green as heck in some areas.  He wants a lover and a Sub in one man.

Troy:  he has had a lot of heartbreak. He lost his partner in a Rodeo accident. That was 20 years ago.  He is a line cook, and Submissive.  He right now is using his ink as his submissive outlet.

I loved how BDSM ties into this story. It is an unusual way from what I have seen and read before.  I like the emotion the most in this book. It will be a series I follow for that intensity between the characters. I want more of that.  It is a story where I can fall in love with all the characters and want more.  Really loved this one and cannot wait for more from this series in the future.

 Five shooting Stars and Recommended Read 


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