Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Controlling Interests by Luna Kayne

Luna Kayne creates a compelling and refreshing story by placing the emphasis on the romance and not on the kink in this well-paced and excellently written book.

The story focuses on the relationship between Jayne, Declan, and Lucas as they discover each other. Declan and Lucas are brothers who like to share and have a kinky bent. Jayne is just trying to survive a few more weeks so that she can be free of her over-controlling mother.

This is pretty much where the 'standard BDSM romance' trope goes out the window. While the story does have several erotic and graphic scenes, the BDSM element is not overdone or forced. Nor is it the focus of the story. The characters take a more natural approach to the romance and the kinky parts come later as the characters develop.

The character development is in-depth and provides several more layers of interest to the story. Even the side characters have a backstory and feel like their role in the story was integral, not just 'the protagonist's friend' or 'co-worker number 4'. I am left wanting to know what happens with Howard, Tina, and even Lauren. It's rare that an author makes a point to develop the sideline characters to this extent. I can even forgive the 'evil mother' trope as the backstory was so well developed that it didn't feel like a trope.

The story itself is well thought out and had some twists I didn't see coming. As soon as I thought I knew what would happen the story would take a left turn. There is a true plot and it is captivating. I finished the book in a day, mostly because I literally couldn't stand to put it down. When I did have to set it aside all I could think of was getting back to it.

As much praise as I am giving this book, it is not without its faults. There are some minor grammar/spellcheck issues like 'read' instead of 'red' which I could overlook as there were only 2 that I saw which tells me the author made an effort to have it edited properly. My bigger issue is the end of the story. It ends on an HEA, but it also has this sense that there was more that could have been written to provide full closure. After so much detail being put into the rest of the story, the ending was left me wondering about the emotional state of the relationship. I know that some will disagree with me on this point, and that is their prerogative.

Despite the lackluster ending, the story is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a romance with some kinky elements - as opposed to someone who is looking for smut disguised as a book.