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Slave Hunt (The Subs Club #5) by J.A. Rock

Slave HuntReleased on October 17, 2016

Published by Riptide Publishing

Page count/word count: 166 pages/43,900

Book link: Slave Hunt

Blurb:

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.

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Our thoughts:

This book was just a fun, fun, fun read! JA Rock brings all the players from The Subs Club and their partners back for an ultimate game of Hide and Seek. The setting is the grounds at D’s property. The mission is for the subs to elude being either captured/hit with a paint gun pellet or surrender due to imminent pelting. The sub that lasts the longest, wins. The Dom that captures the most subs, wins.

Every chapter is from a different view-point. D had me laughing almost as much as Kamen. I liked the moments of sheer laughter followed by some deep realizations by Miles, Drix, Dave and D. I still struggle with Gould but he seems to be growing more. His level of comfort with his submission and debasement has also grown.

This novel was a fantastic way to revisit the couples and see where their relationships are going, how they’ve grown or even how they are struggling. A few of the secondary characters from past stories get more page time and character development. That’s always an added bonus for fans of a series. As always, I just enjoyed the writing of JA Rock. It feels so authentic. The conversations, as witty and wacky as real life can be.

Overall, this has been a series that entertains and doesn’t disappoint. Each novel delivers!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

Blog Tour and Review: Manties in a Twist (Subs Club #3) by J.A. Rock

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Today we welcome author J.A. Rock to 3 Chicks After Dark. We’re thrilled to be on her tour for Manties in a Twist and learn a little more behind the making of Kamen’s music and the friendship shared between the four men in the Sub Club!

Welcome, J.A. Rock! thanks for being with us today!

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release Manties in a Twist—Book 3 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win your choice of two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon gift card!

The Songs of Manties

When I originally gave Kamen his penchant for guitar-playing and spontaneous songwriting, I did it because it I feel like many of us have had that one friend who brings a guitar everywhere, right? And because I liked the idea of Kamen as someone who’s genuinely creative and unique, but whose talent sometimes goes unrecognized because he’s such a goof-off And because he’s writing songs called “Squirrel Gravy.”

But as happy-go-lucky as Kamen is, there’s a lot going on under the surface, and I have my best friend to thank for inspiring some of Kamen’s more poignant moments.

I’ve mentioned that the Subs Club is loosely based on the very intense, codependent friendship I have with four people I’ve known since childhood. In our early twenties we all lived in the same town, and we’d hang out almost every night. My friend Brian would always have his guitar. Brian’s nothing like Kamen personality-wise, but he’s a fantastic singer, and he’s always making up funny songs, or doing beautiful covers. When I moved away, one of the things I missed most was listening him sing and play guitar.

A couple of years ago, though, he started filming some of his song covers and sharing them, which made me so happy. Right when I was starting Manties, he sent me a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” that was so gorgeous it made me cry. So when I was trying to determine Kamen’s contribution to the “memories of Hal” motif that runs through the series, I ended up using that: Kamen admits that the reason he regularly covers “Fast Car” at his bar gigs is in honor of Hal. And it’s one of the few serious songs he performs amid the ballads he’s made up about Lysol or vampyre detectives or kids getting lost in the snow.

I feel like I owe a lot of this series’ heart to my friends, who’ve found ways of making sure we stay connected even though we now live in different places. If you want to check out some of Brian’s work, I highly, biasedly recommend it. Unfortunately he hasn’t made “Fast Car” public yet, but I’m working on him. :)

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About Manties in a Twist

Look, I’ll never stop missing Hal, but this Subs Club my friends started to review suck-ass doms isn’t gonna bring him back or give him justice. For me, it’s just another chance to hang out with my friends, even if they think I’m too dumb to understand the important work we’re supposedly doing.

But maybe I’m not as dumb as they think—at least I know when I’ve got a good thing going. Which is why I just moved in with my dom. Ryan’s awesome possum. He’s really short, never makes me feel stupid, and is up for anything. One word: costumes. Two more words: women’s underwear. We’re all about the lace, no leather.

Except when we do pony play. We first tried it as a joke, but turns out I’m ballin’ at it. Now PetPlayFest is coming up, and I wanna take down the Subs Club’s archrival, Cinnamon the ponygirl, in the horse show.

My friends think I’m spending too much time with Ryan and ignoring my obligations to the group. But since when is friendship an obligation? Ryan’s my first serious relationship, and I want to take it . . . seriously. At some point I need to think about my future, not my past.

—Kamen

About the Subs Club series

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

About the Author

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including By His Rules, Take The Long Way Home, and, with Lisa Henry, The Good Boy and When All The World Sleeps. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

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Our thoughts:

Manties in a Twist was everything! I laughed and smiled so much my family asked me several times what I was laughing at. Kamen. I was laughing at, or with, Kamen every single time. His boisterous nature along with his comical charm just oozed from the pages.

Kamen’s a pretty smart guy. He isn’t given much credit for the fact he’s well-adjusted and ‘adulting’ more than most of his friends. They still think of him as the same fun-loving, joker from high school. Actually, Kamen is coping with life a bit better than Dave and Gould. Miles is über adulting with Drix and little Zac. Kane has moved in with Ryan. Legit living together with a laundry room, drapes and a freaking juicer!

The biggest challenge for Kamen’s friends is moving past Hal’s death. Everyone just can’t let it go and move forward, but Kamen has been able to do this well before the rest of them. He’s known from the beginning that fault was with all parties involved but at some point it’s okay to let go and accept what happened and live life. Adulting!

Kamen has a lot of profoundly serious moments. He’s great at introspection and working through issues. He’s super in tuned to his feeling and others. That’s what makes him a great friend and lover. Ryan is a perfect match for Kamen because they both know how to have fun. Through the goofing and ADHD type moments they truly bond but they can also be serious. They’re not afraid to try new things together and just go with the flow. Some of those new things are amusing kinks that turn them the freak on! Like who-knew-they’d-get-this-hot-and-worked-up kinky with costumes, lingerie and then later with pony play.

Pony play is a big part of the book. I’ve read a few books with pony play and they’re more intense than Kamen and Ryan are. Kamen and Ryan approach this more as a challenge and then hilarity ensues! Through practicing for a competition they manage to discover that this is the one type of dominant/submissive play they both like. Any other time, they just want to role play and have fun- be carefree. When in pony play mode, it’s more about the connection between them and Kamen’s head space than any other time for them.

I’ve truly enjoyed all the novels in this series so far. Every friend has been unique in their healing process and their kinks. I found Manties to be super enjoyable. Kamen’s voice is strong and entertaining. I’ll miss his humor for some time.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!!

Giveaway

To celebrate, J.A. is giving away your choice of two ebooks from her backlist and a $10 Amazon gift card. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 9, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

BLOG TOUR and REVIEW: Pain Slut (The Subs Club #2) by J.A. Rock

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Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release Pain Slut —Book 2 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win your choice of two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon gift card!

About Pain Slut

Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together. But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.

—Miles

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About the Subs Club series

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave,Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

Excerpt and additional book information link: Pain Slut

Meet the Author

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Website  •  Blog  •  Twitter  •  Facebook

Giveaway

Leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of two backlist titles from J.A. Rock and a $10 Amazon gift card. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 6, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Our Thoughts

Once again, J. A. Rock has hit it out of the park with Pain Slut, the newest book in the Subs Club series!

Pain Slut is all about Miles. His overwhelming desire to feel pain. He’ll try the most intense and brutal devices. He engages in sadistic play and has never used a safeword. He’s also not really a submissive, he’s a bossy bottom who’s always in control and determines how the scene will go when he plays.

It’s after he meets Drix Seger that things start to change for Miles. Drix is unique with a masochistic streak and an unusual play all his own. Drix is also stable, caring and extremely patient with all of Miles’ high strung antics. I liked his character a lot. He was so zen, so caring. He was good for Miles in so many ways.

To describe Miles as high-strung is almost an understatement. He’s a planner to the nth degree. He stresses, prepares obsessively and keeps himself under lock and key. It was wonderful watching him fall apart with Drix. To finally submit completely. Their major scene was epic S and M and not for the faint of heart. Miles is pushed further than ever before because he’s finally giving himself to someone he actually loves.

While Miles is struggling to embrace who he truly is and who he wants to be, a father, he manages to push away almost everyone. There’s a lot of selfish missteps but Miles really can’t push them away like he thinks he can. He needs them and they need him, that’s family. Family: the sub club, his actually family and Drix. Miles has support, he just need to fall off his high horse and let them pick him up and dust him off.

I’m definitely invested in this series. The boys of the Subs Club are addictive!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!! 

BLOG TOUR and REVIEW: The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1) by J.A. Rock

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The Subs Club by J.A. Rock
The Subs Club, book 1
Released: 7 December 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Word count: 74,400
Page count: 297
Cover by: Kanaxa
Categories: romance, erotica, BDSM, comedy, contemporary

Read the first chapter and get to know the guys from the Subs Club universe at: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/the-subs-club#sthash.TUxq38e3.dpuf

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release The Subs Club—Book 1 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win your choice of two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon gift card!

About The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1):

A year ago, my best friend Hal died at the hands of an incompetent “dom.” So I started the Subs Club, a private blog where submissives can review doms and call out the douche bags.

A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, and real discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.

But . . . not everything about him is awful. His Davy Crockett act just seems like a cover for his fear of intimacy, and part of me wants to show him it’s okay to get close to people. And, I mean, sue me, but I have fantasized about real discipline. Not role-play, but like, Dave, you’re gonna be thirty in four years and you still work in a mall; get your ass in gear or I’ll spank it.

Not that I’d ever trust anyone with that kind of control.

I’m gonna redefine “battle of wills” for the Disciplinarian. Or I’m gonna bone him. It’s hard to say.

—Dave

About The Subs Club Universe:

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

Meet the Author:

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Website:  http://www.jarockauthor.com

Blog:  http://jarockauthor.blogspot.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jarockauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ja.rock.39

Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of The Subs Club, J.A. Rock is giving away two titles from her backlist and a $10 Amazon gift card! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 12, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

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Our thoughts:

Sometime a book comes along that captures my attention not only with the storyline but the voice of the main protagonist. The Subs Club did just that! The main protagonist, David, was a flailing stinker with a voice that just pulled me into his antics.

Four submissives who lost a friend from a tragic scene at a BDSM club, try to find a way to bring back the safety they once felt while playing. They’re also setting out to memorializing their friend, Hal. It’s apparent that the four of them, David, Miles, Kamen and Gould, are all still grieving in their own way. The trial is over. The club where it happened has let the Dom responsible back in. They feel lost and violated when it comes to BDSM and their safety.

The friends decide to start a blog. A safe place where submissives can speak about bad experience or share information. It soon spirals out of its original context and becomes something that divides their community.

During all of this, David meets a Dom he wants to play with. He practically begs for the chance and then when he gets it, he totally blows it. Yep, he self-sabotaged himself. He’s bratty. He doesn’t listen. He’s all over the board as far as what he wants from this Dom, also named David.

The real struggle is about David finding his way. He needs more discipline but after Hal he’s afraid. He needs to be taken firmly in hand not just in a scene but in real life. David’s not sure he can let go enough to allow for it. The Dom, David…talk about a saint! He is so patient with his bratty sub. He’s questioned and pushed and he always remains calm and in control. He can also deliver a good spanking! Whether with hand, brush, paddle or cane, Sir can get david past his hesitation and objections and right into the proper submissive state.

Again, the voice the story is written in is fun and entertaining. I devoured the book much faster than I hoped, I wanted to stay in that world quite a bit longer! However, each friend will have their own book so I look forward to reading each one. In The Subs Club we get a nice peek into each of their personalities and already start to bond with them. J.A. Rock has a winning series in the making with these guys!

RATING: BAD ASS (submissive) BOOTS!!