This is the first book I've read by Dan Skinner and it was touching. The story has a feel of a time piece (late-sixties) reminding me of Edmund White,This is the first book I've read by Dan Skinner and it was touching. The story has a feel of a time piece (late-sixties) reminding me of Edmund White, although the story it timeless.
The range of emotions as I read were spellbinding. The beauty of finding first love, the pain when life throws trials your way. And the ending just about wears down your tear ducts.
I'm a huge sucker for Happily Ever After with a bow on top and this had the feeling of his referenced book, A Separate Peace, to it. Filled with hope to the end, even in the face of tragic events....more
I have known Michele Montgomery for over a year as a chipper, energetic person and a fantastic reviewer, but reading Dammit! Was my first foray into lI have known Michele Montgomery for over a year as a chipper, energetic person and a fantastic reviewer, but reading Dammit! Was my first foray into learning about her as an author. In her book, she introduces us to a wide range of characters from lovable to evil, from the pillar of sincerity to a personality dripping with sarcasm, from dominant to submissive, and so on.
The story Dammit! centers primarily around two characters: Michael and Cash. Michael is a head-strong man who has had his fair share of life’s challenges. He’s got a tongue that is too quick and often lands him in trouble, but he’s also a great person. Cash is big and strong, confidence radiating from him in every possible way. Yet right from the start, there’s a flaw in him that makes the reader not like him even though we really want to. I’ll admit, I emailed Michele and scolded her at this point, but she told me to be patient.
Anyhow, the two characters, brought together through suspect circumstances, embark on a journey to save Michael’s cousin, Wayne, from an institution where is step mother and father have placed him. Along the way, the two encounter many people, some evil to the core, others just trying to live their lives. Cash struggles to gain Michael’s trust and succeeds, but behind it all, Cash has a secret which places Michael in grave danger.
With all that said, I think I’ll move along to the review of the story rather than give away anymore spoilers. This quick-paced story flies by. Don’t be daunted by the page length. The font is slightly larger than most eBooks and you’ll have read 30 pages in the time you normally take to read 10.
The thing about this story which made is such a wonderful read was the transformation of both Michael and Cash from beginning to end. Each character had sworn off finding love and making a connection which could only lead to pain. By the end, these notions had been obliterated leaving each character raw and open to the happiness they had denied themselves. Character’s changing, growing, and learning how to be happy is, in my opinion, the mark of good story telling.
Ms. Montgomery did not stop there, however. Beginning with the initial connection, then the loss of trust, then the regaining of something much more powerful by the end, Dammit! explores the needs and perils of the dom/sub culture. She expertly brings us inside the minds of the two main characters, allowing us to understand the emotionality behind a subs need to be controlled and a dom’s need to have control. Ultimately, neither truly has control unless the other allows them to be truly who they are.
The sex scenes were hot, drawn out to a perfect degree, and emotional. As much as I hate to say it, there were a few scenes where there was near-violent sexual acts but they were prevented before they actually occurred on the page. Still, the lead up was still sexual, it not disturbing.
There were a couple of flaws to the book which I feel compelled to mention just so you know to expect them, but they are so minor that they do not detract from the story at all. The biggest one is that the character POV shifts mid-chapter from paragraph to paragraph where we are in one character’s head and then the other’s within the same page. This tends to create confusion when it happens, but in this book I never found myself unable to follow the action. There were maybe 4 or 5 editorial errors as well. And, as I’ve stated earlier, there were a few scenes which, for readers who are offended by the insinuation of rape or violence in sex, this book may touch a sensitive spot. Other than that, the story was a wonderful, exciting read which I highly recommend. ...more
I loved the book. The characters were well developed, the story line fluid, yet focused, and the emotions visceral and real.
It wasn't a story about whI loved the book. The characters were well developed, the story line fluid, yet focused, and the emotions visceral and real.
It wasn't a story about whomping sex and it wasn't just for pleasure and light-hearted feel-good reading. It was a serious, heart-warming, thourhgt-provoking tale of what it means to love; loving oneself in ordder to accept the love from someone else.
As someone who has lost someone close to me, I also appreciated the way Rick handled the concept of how people remain with us, even if they aren't physcially around us anymore.