Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Chloe's Double Draw

Reviewed by Shelly
Woot woot, I’ve found another writer who’ll make it to my auto-buy list. This first story in the King’s Bluff, Wyoming, series is also Archer’s debut story and what a debut it is. There’s a lot going on,  but it’s not too much, and it’s all well played out.

Running from a past she can’t seem to dodge, Chloe Morgan figures she can start over in King’s Bluff, Wyoming. She’s done her time in the big city with her very own stalker and is just really ready for a new start – what sane girl wouldn’t? Getting a job as a schoolteacher at King’s Bluff Community School, Chloe gets to know the town folk including Noah King and Flynn Taylor. Once they meet Chloe at a town gathering, the guys know that she’s going to be theirs and pursuit is on!

Former Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) Commandos Noah and Flynn are Australian by birth but they’ve decided to settle in Wyoming, USA, because of Noah’s inheritance. Turns out that King’s Bluff was founded by one of Noah’s ancestors and Noah’s been left with the responsibility of the town. As Noah’s best friend, Flynn came along for the ride but is enjoying life and what King’s Haven has to offer. They’re about to enjoy it even more with Chloe strapped down in their bed.

I really liked Chloe because she didn’t take any crap from these two Doms. So much so, in fact that, she was constantly in trouble, but only the good kind. I have to warn you right about here, heed the warning about BDSM. Archer is very descriptive in that regard, so if you’re easily offended or expect just a little slap and tickle, I don’t know what to tell you other than you’ve been warned. But I digress. Her past has followed her and there’s quite a bit of action surrounding that and, of course, some former military assistance is definitely absolutely required.

I was a little skeptical about Chloe’s almost seamless progression into being a sub, but it wasn’t really a choice for her and here’s why: Chloe sexual past isn’t really discussed but you get the idea that she’s not been out there (if you know what I mean) but Noah and Flynn tell her every, naughty and not so naughty, thing that they’re going to do. Because of this she gets to say yes or no and BAM! she’s in the lifestyle. Other than the nipple clamps (ouchie) I was maybe kinda sorta a slight bit jealous.

Noah and Flynn were identifiably separate characters and each had their own demons. Although they’ve hard-earned scars both inside and outside they’ve got another thing coming if they think that Chloe is going to let them get away with being ‘Vegemite-eating bastards’. Not today, scratch that - any day, misters. They really tried sometimes to run over Chloe but she absolutely wasn’t having any of it. This is my absolute favorite line from Chloe talking to the guys - ‘before you start and waste all of our time, why don’t I tell you the various ways each of you can shove it up your ass’ – this had me rolling on the floor laughing my you know what off.

Noah and Flynn both have a group of hunky friends from the old days that are still around for a rescue or two. Former SEALs Quinn Sullivan and Mike Langley. There’s Chloe’s friend, good girl and town librarian, Reagan. According to the author’s website, these three are in the next book. Yippee, can’t wait.

What I enjoyed most about this story was the idea that you don’t have to be born someplace to be a welcomed and valuable part of that society. Chloe’s story was a great example.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon
Chloe's Double Draw
by Fiona Archer
Release Date: November 29, 2012
Publisher: Siren

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