I really enjoyed this book. The main characters have some serious issues, and it's difficult to take characters like that, turn their lives around and end on a happy note. However, that's exactly what happens! There is real depth and growth for both men during the story.
I would've liked to know a little more details about Sami's time in the military, from his point of view, otherwise I thought he was very well portrayed. I'm not a religious person, so Jay's life and dilemma didn't offend me and I understood it about as much as Sami did. That didn't detract from the story in the least, I was just able to connect with Sami and understand where he was coming from a little more easily.
This book is classified as gay romance and erotica. I think it's less erotica and more romance since there isn't a lot of sex. When there are sex scenes they're done very well. The reader gets good look at one side of the BDSM world and I loved how Sami and Jay became part of a community willing to assist and guide them to a safe, consensual BDSM life without being preachy or playing to stereotypes. Even during a phase where Sami and Jay aren't together, Sami does a good job of trying to do what he thinks is right for he and Jay as a couple, as any good Dom should! Jay is a classic 'does the right thing for the wrong reason' sort of person, but eventually comes to realize he needs to make changes for himself, not someone else. Even though there are no drug or alcohol problems, this story is very strongly about addiction and recovery. It was refreshing to see this scenario play out sans the inclusion of mood altering substances and shows a side of addiction/recovery not often addressed.
There are important supporting characters from previous books in this series. I haven't read those books, but I had no problem following along with their lives. Yield can be read as a stand alone, but I'm sure followers of the series will enjoy seeing characters from earlier books.
Yield can be purchased on Amazon.
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