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Hostile Takeover by Joey W. Hill
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Instead of sticking out my tongue, I should cane Ben's ass and stick the thing up his ass.
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"You are just a body. My body, to do with as I wish. You have no identity except as my slave."

What I think of Ben (Baba’s 101 psychology)
Ben, a hardcore Dom and extreme sadist, was a street kid after he'd been abandoned by his mother. He'd been abused and I'm pretty sure it was both, emotionally and sexually. Enter Marcie, a 24/7 hardcore slave. She's 'clean' but Ben is not. When he was abused he did not have any control over his mind and body. He had no identity whatsoever and somehow he might have thought that he was scum. When he's ass fucking his subs, he does not seek intimacy. Ass fucking means no eye contact, no intimacy, total control over a sub and her wants, her needs. Total control over his personal needs. Ben is the one to PUNISH and HURT the sub; he does not take any punishment, and he is not vulnerable anymore. The slave has to take the pain, to give everything up (a total loss of control). Ben called Marcie slut and brat. Maybe he felt that he was a whore when he was sexually abused?

Call me old fashioned but I love the missionary position because it makes the lovers vulnerable. It doesn’t get any more intimate or personal than that. You can look into each other’s eyes. You're open to everything. Throughout the story I hardly felt any intimacy at all. Most of the time there’s so much harshness it’s really hard to understand and it’s incredibly hard to stomach. I couldn't bring myself to empathize with Ben. What he did to Marcie is deviant yet she enjoyed it, so I guess these two deserved each other.

I'm a huge fan of Joey W. Hill and I only finished Hostile Takeover because she's one of my favorite authors. She has written a few fabulous stories but Hostile Takeover bothered me greatly, particularly the sex which I found clinical, vulgar and unappealing. I always say I will never ever judge people but I take the liberty to judge my fictional characters. Ben and Marcie are crazy. I can't understand what's so stimulating about extreme pain play, humiliation and degradation. And the sex…well, it's pretty much all about ass fucking. Porn vibes all the way, baby. I didn't feel any connection with the characters and I didn't care about them at all. I hated so much about Hostile Takeover. I hated Ben. What a crazy freak he is and Marcie wasn't anything to write home about either. Freaky bitch. And for once, the philosophical and spiritual aspect of Hill's BDSM was totally lost on me. Geez, if it had been a paperback I would have burned the offending thing!

A hardcore submissive like Marcie, an inexperienced one, tends to go to extremes. She has the responsibility to take care of herself. Fair enough. But what about the Dom? What about his responsibilities??

Marcie proved to be very reckless. After being punished, she decided to take it even further. She did something that made her ass bleed. And guess what? After her ass was bleeding and she could barely walk because she almost fainted, only a few hours later her Master was stuffing his tongue into her abused ass. Another part of the story I did not like was when Ben lost it. He twisted her arm on her back and slammed her into a car. Marcie’s face was bleeding. I gotta say that she hit him before he slammed her into the car, but I felt that Ben deserved it. He acted like an asshole. Ben can apologize for all I care, I don't need to see that.

„I did hurt you. I laid hands on you in anger. That’s the one thing a Master never does to his sub and a man never does to a woman. Not ever,” he repeated underscoring it.

I have a hard time to wrap my mind around certain parts of Hostile Takeover.

(…)She wasn’t just in over her head, out in the middle of the ocean. Her life was literally in his hands, her right to breathe, to exist. All of it was at his mercy, and she would gladly stop breathing if that was what he wanted. She’d do anything to please him. It was crazy, irrational. It scared her to death, because she couldn’t stop feeling any of it.(…)

She tried and found her arms were noodles. She was losing motor control. Shouldn’t that alarm her?


Er…that's quite disturbing.

“I want you do unspeakable things to me. Please.”

Slut. That would be hers, for sure. She wore the name like a badge of honor.
“How…did I do?” “Six minutes, twelve seconds. You’re still a slut.” “But I proved I’m your slut, didn’t I?”


BTW, slut as an endearment doesn't work for me.

Approximately 46 % into the story, there was a sex scene beyond my imagination. Where the hell was the safe word? I know, I know there was no need for a safe word because Marcie wouldn't have used it anyway. I won’t go into details but be aware that Ben used extremely kinky gear to “pleasure” and torture Marcie. What happened there made me somewhat nauseous. They were fucking for hours and Marcie passed out eventually. Hah. And what did Ben do after she was unconscious?

Lifting her thigh, he slid just the head back into her ass. He’d lubricated her frequently, so there was plenty of oil there to allow him entry.

WTF???

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Consensual non-consent (CNC)
It’s when the slave/sub’s safe word is only used for medical emergencies. Within the boundaries they’ve set, the Dom can do anything he wishes. The problem was that Ben had CNC from the very beginning. Marcie trusted him with her very life and soul. That’s a bad call, IMO.

Marcie was sobbing and crying a lot. You really have to be a hardcore masochist to endure everything Ben dished out. She had caning marks on her buttocks. Fact was, her ass was constantly bruised and she had marks all over her body.

At one point he’d laid his upper body over her back, pinning her down as she squealed from the pain. She LOVED those marks, LOVED seeing them.(…)

Ben’s behavior is always about control.

“I could control things in that room, could get into the psyche of a woman and open her up, open her soul so I could find that part of her that’s always raw and aching and open inside me. I could find what’s real and not the façade. But each time I get there, I’m still empty. I touch that hand, find that spot, and it’s not what I was seeking. So eventually you decide the point isn’t finding something, but the search. You keep moving, avoid staying still.

Ben can sit in that stillness when Marcie is with him.

What I did like
The letters and e-mail exchange between Marcie and Ben during her college time. Plus, I liked a specific part of the story, I think it was between 70% and 87% when I got proof why I love the author's writing. To top everything off, Ben and Marcie even had a decent conversation.

“If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing…Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast;…it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…”

I love Joey's writing and I had to endure and bear a lot while reading Hostile Takeover. I don’t understand all knowledge and hardcore BDSM will always be a mystery to me. I can’t remove mountains but I have faith in love. I have love and I am grateful for that and therefore I am something.

Ben, you can go to fucking hell and ass fuck the devil. *gags*
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WARNING
Hostile Takeover contains extremely explicit sex (including oral and anal). There’s a lot and I mean A LOT of ass fucking, hardcore spanking, toys, and kinky gear. Hostile Takeover contains a sex scene between a bunch of women, maybe four, five or six (can't remember anymore). Also, there is a ménage scene between one woman and five men. It is not for the faint of heart.

Hostile Takeover can be read as a standalone.
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message 1: by Anachronist (new)

Anachronist Definitely ditch that one. Bad books can give you bad vibes for a day or longer. ;/


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Anachronist wrote: "Definitely ditch that one. Bad books can give you bad vibes for a day or longer. ;/"

I'm halfway through and I want to go on but it's possible that I won't finish it though. I just want to be able to write an appropriate and honest review.


message 3: by Anachronist (new)

Anachronist I do understand - I am known for finishing even the most horrible books just because I am a masochist reader who is deluded enough to hope against hope that a bad novel might somehow redeem itself with the last page or two. I do not recommend that stupid practice. I am trying to cure myself of it. If you feel worse and worse while reading do yourself a favour and ditch it.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Anachronist wrote: "I do understand - I am known for finishing even the most horrible books just because I am a masochist reader who is deluded enough to hope against hope that a bad novel might somehow redeem itself ..."

Well, imagine I liked the part between 70 and 87 % of the story. That's not so much though, and I'm really glad that I finished the book. What really pains me is that I so adore Ms. Hill's work but this story bothered me to my very core. Gah!


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick Oh, babe... I'm sorry this was so painful to read. I bought it, I'll read it, but I'm worried now.

That said, I've been extremely curious about sadism, so who knows... I might enjoy it more than you did, but the humiliation you spoke of... I'm not sure.

Your reaction to this reminds me of my reaction to Cardinal's Rule

Thanks for reviewing it honestly. Much, much appreciated.


message 6: by SaturNalia (new) - added it

SaturNalia I love Joey HIll's work too. Much of it, is an emotional connection between the H/h. I cringe somethimes at the painful sex the characters have, but they need it on some level to hurt so they can get over issues. So this makes me sad, that the hero was abusing his sub, instead of taking care of her.


message 7: by Karla (new)

Karla Wow...this sounds brutal!


message 8: by Gee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Gee I love Joey Hill's books too. However, this one looks like one I'll be skipping.


message 9: by SaturNalia (new) - added it

SaturNalia There are so many positive reviews, I might be tempted to try it. I'll wait for a few more reviews.


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick SaturNalia wrote: "There are so many positive reviews, I might be tempted to try it. I'll wait for a few more reviews."

Yeah, and I already own it, so I'll be reading it anyway.


message 11: by Gee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Gee Wow, I didn't realize this book was the Ben's story from the Knights of the Boardroom series. Oh, man, I LOVE that series. I don't want Ben's story to be lousy. I love Ben. Ah, geez.....I doubt I can skip it now.


message 12: by Kristen (Peddler of Smut) (last edited Mar 25, 2012 07:37PM) (new)

Kristen (Peddler of Smut) Holy crap! Yikes! This type of book is not my cuppa and I'd need to bleach my brain after. There is no way I could have finished this type of book.


Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~ Ouch! This one does sound brutal. I still plan on reading the series though, and will decide whether to read this one whenever the time comes.


~E~ Riverina Romantics I loved this book....and I'm so sorry I recommended it to you Baba. Please forgive me.

I completely understand your issues, but I think if you read them in order you would have had a better feel for why the characters were how they were....if that makes sense. Not saying that you would enjoy it if you read them in order, but you would understand why Ben was an ass man etc.

I'm going to crawl back into my hole now :(
Sorry again.


message 15: by SaturNalia (new) - added it

SaturNalia Jodie wrote: "I completely understand your issues, but I think if you read them in order you would have had a better feel ..."

Hmm . . . I was going to try this one first. Others seem to be stuck in anthologies. So hero more sympathetic if series read in order?


~E~ Riverina Romantics Hell yes, read it in order.

All the 'Knights' have a little kink they specialise in and Ben is definitely the most tortured (and his kink is anal, if you didn't already get that from Baba's review).

It is hardcore BDSM which I'm not usually into, but I really did enjoy this series....however, Baba does bring up good points, so I have learnt my lesson about recommending books now :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter I just woke up and have to go to work. Will reply to everyone this evening and I'll be posting my full review. Just for now: it was Disturbing. Jodie: don't apologize, it's ok. And I doubt my feelings would have been different. The book can be read as a stand alone even the author said so as far as I remember. It's written too that Ben is a hardcore Dom. I guess that means that the other Doms are less harsh...


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick Jodie wrote: "I loved this book....and I'm so sorry I recommended it to you Baba. Please forgive me. "

I'm hoping I'll love it, too. I'm pretty good with the edgy, alpha asshats... but we shall see.


~E~ Riverina Romantics I feel really bad now :(


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick Jodie wrote: "I feel really bad now :("

Jodie, I'm not Baba, but I think she'd feel the same way... NEVER feel bad for recommending a book to someone. It might be a miss for that person, but it also might be a hit and would you want them to miss a hit?

I think not.


message 21: by ~E~ Riverina Romantics (last edited Mar 25, 2012 08:07PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

~E~ Riverina Romantics Yeah, but it is a hardcore genre. I rarely recommend books. I do reviews, yeah, but rarely, rarely tell people specifically to read something.

And this is the reason why. I really should have known better, I just thought seeing as though Baba was a Joey fan, she would like it.

But I do understand what you are saying Dhes.


message 22: by SaturNalia (new) - added it

SaturNalia Don't feel bad Jodi, your suggestion started a discussion and I found a new book to read.


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick SaturNalia wrote: "Don't feel bad Jodi, your suggestion started a discussion and I found a new book to read."

Yep, and I'm looking forward to reading it sooner now, rather than later.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter @EVERYONE
I have posted my full review.

@Jodie:
Please don't apologize for your rec! I promise there are no hard feelings at all! Don't crawl back into your hole either, ok? There is no need for that. I know this "bad" feeling. You know I feel kinda bad for not liking it. I mean I have said it many times now that I love Joey's writing and so many other readers loved this book but it is just not my cuppa. I can't help it. It's the way it is and that's the beauty of books, after all. Sometimes you win them and sometimes you don't.

I'm willing to give this series another go if there are stories that are not hardcore BDSM. What about Afterlife, Jon and Rachel's story? Somewhere I've read it's pretty spiritual (yoga, tantric, Buddhism). What do you think? Is Jon less harsh?

@Dhes
I think I have read your review of Cardinal's Rule. It's written by Tymber Dalton, isn't it? I'll be checking it out once more. I know you are pretty eager to read Sam's story (Shadowlands series). Gosh, when I was reading Hostile Takeover I had to think of you and of course of Sam! I was wondering if you will love his story. And I was thinking that I'll be waiting for your review before I'm gonna read his story.

Well, I hope for you that you'll like Ben's story, Dhes! By any means, keep us posted, please. :)

Thanks for reviewing it honestly. Much, much appreciated.
You're welcome, Dhes, and it's only natural. As much as I love the author's work I can't write a dishonest review.

@SaturNalia
You mentioned something that I adore about her writing, SaturNalia. The emotional connection. I just didn't feel it this time. And be forewarned, this time it's ALL about paintand extremely kinky sex. Just sayin'…

@Karla
Yes, Karla, I felt this was pretty brutal. I can't believe that a couple can enjoy sex on this disturbing level. On top of that, when a slave is involved there is humiliation too. God, I mean my quote at the beginning of my review says a lot. No identity??

@G
Yes, G, it is Ben's story. Hey, maybe you'll find that his story is not lousy if you'll be reading it. Tastes differ after all. :)

@Kristen
Definitely "yikes", Kristen. If I may say so I really doubt you'd like such a story. Do you remember Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce? Honestly, Hostile Takeover bothered me much more than SS!

@Denise
Yes, Denise, there was just too much of extreme pain. I did not like the constant ass f***ing either and I did not appreciate the humiliation aspect of the story.


message 25: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Okay, good to know! I'll skip this one...ha!


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick Baba wrote: "Well, I hope for you that you'll like Ben's story, Dhes! By any means, keep us posted, please. :)"

Thanks to your review and this discussion, I'll be waiting for the 'right time' to read this one.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter @Leslie
Many readers loved this book, Leslie. While I really adore the author's writing this book was just not my cuppa.

@Dhes
The right time will come, Dhes, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts.


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick Mary Elizabeth wrote: "Mon Dieu ... je vais éviter ce livre quelle horreur !!"

^^What she said^^ ( I don't speak French, but I think it says something about quivering horror.)


UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick At least I got part of it right. LOL!


message 30: by KatLynne (new)

KatLynne I always love your honest reviews Baba. It's evident this one caused you much distress while reading.


message 31: by Dee (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dee *Shudders* definitly not one for me!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter @Mary Elizabeth:
Tu as raison et je te comprends, ME! Ce livre n'est pas pour toi!

@KatLynne:
Thank you! It was a difficult read, KatLynne, that's for sure. It's always hard to write such a review when you actually love the author. :-(

@Dee:
I agree, Dee, this book is definitely not for you!!


Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* Great review Baba...for sure NOT my "cuppa" thanks!


message 34: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Good, honest review Baba.


message 35: by Anachronist (new)

Anachronist Definitely not my read - thanks for an honest warning and once again sorry!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter @Sandi:
Thanks, Sandi! Well, I think you may be right. LOL I think you wouldn't like it at all.

@Melanie:
Thanks, Melanie! Even though I love the author I think it's essential to write honest reviews. It really pained me though.

@Anachronist:
Thanks, Anachronist! No need to apologize!


~ Becs ~ Blimey Baba - I'm almost done with book 4 in this series and was going to go straight onto this one but I'm not so sure now. You're my only GR friend to review it yet and I value your opinions and the things that you don't like in this ones really put me off. To be honest, I've always been a bit wary of Ben through the whole series with his obsession with anal and pain but f**king her while she was unconscious is waaay too close to necrophilia for comfort and is making me feel sick just thinking about it.

One to avoid - so glad I read your review. Will definitely choose something else for my next book. :-)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter To be honest, I've always been a bit wary of Ben through the whole series with his obsession with anal and pain but f**king her while she was unconscious is waaay too close to necrophilia for comfort and is making me feel sick just thinking about it.
Becs, I think I have to clarify something. I don't think that he f*cked her while she was unconscious. He put his d*ck into her ass but I don't think that he f*cked her actually. I'm sorry but I don't remember anymore. I felt totally exasperated. I think it happened during this very long sex scene and it was gross. If you have liked this series so far then why not give it a try? Maybe it is just me you know. Many readers did enjoy it. It was just not my cuppa.


~ Becs ~ OK - maybe I will give it a try. Not really a fan of back door loving though and this is Ben's thing.


message 40: by Glamdring (last edited Apr 20, 2012 06:55AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Glamdring Very good review Baba! My rating is different, but I totally agree with what you said.

All I know about the BDSM concept comes from that series, The Nature of Desire Series and Masters of Shadowlands Series by Cherise Sinclair and I really thought that comparing to the last two, this one was soft BDSM. I stand corrected ^^

I discovered Joey W. Hill with her Knight of the Board Room Series which was my first foray in the BDSM world. I think that reading that series in the right order helps digest that particular book because she really goes crescendo. In the first book Savannah isn't aware of her submissive nature, in the second Cass neither is but she needs to wear corset every days whatever she does, in book 3 Dana (my favorite) is a healthy experienced submissive full of mischief, in book 4 Rachel (she broke my heart) is a submissive who her whole life had to deny what she really is and feels a lot of guilt and shame, finally in book 5 we have Marcie (she worried me the most) who is a true hardcore masochist.

Each knight has a specialty: one is a oral sex god, one can brings any woman to orgasm just by caressing her breasts, one is a genius who create devices specifically intended to increase women pleasure, Ben is the a$$es expert,... They form a close knit bunch of Doms who don't hesitate to use their mutual expertise if it can help them win their woman or pleasure her but they also have strong limits when they do it. Penetration is one of them.

Ben brought his pleasure expertise in each book and until book 5 it never appeared to me that he was a sadist. Fortunately Marcie masochism matches his sadism. What makes it worse was the fact that Ben, in complete denial of his feeling for her, was doing his worst to deter/frighten her and Marcie absolute lack of self-preservation.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Glamdring wrote: "Very good review Baba! My rating is different, but I totally agree with what you said.

All I know about the BDSM concept comes from that series, The Nature of Desire Series and Masters of Shadowla..."


Thanks, Glamdring! I appreciate your comment! I really love Ms. Hill's writing and that's the main reason I even read this book. However, I am not sure if I should give this series another try. Which book would you recommend?


~ Becs ~ Personally I would start at the beginning Baba - Matt and Savannah's story.


Glamdring You are welcome :)

My favorite story is book 3, Honour Bound in Laced with Desire anthologie. It's the story of Peter (the breasts specialist) and Dana.

As well as being part of the top K&A management Peter is a reservist on the verge of going to a 12 months mission in Afghanistan. Dana is on leave and is assigned to a 12 months mission in Irak. They meet in The Zone and Peter who loves his submissives/women tall, white and with big breasts falls for Dana who is petite, black with small breasts and a lot of sass. Then they each go to their assignment where something terrible happens to Dana and they meet again a year later.

Usually, I don't like Club scenes. This book contains 2 (1 private and 1 public) though I wasn't comfortable with parts of it I liked both, specially the second and even if the others Knights are present in the club in this book there is no sharing. I also don't love slave/master relationship but the context and the way it was featured in this book made it ok. I LOVED the airport scene and the moment when Dana surrender to Peter at the end.

PS: I liked the interactions between Ben and Dana, so maybe this book might reconcile you with him ;)


Glamdring Becs wrote: "Personally I would start at the beginning Baba - Matt and Savannah's story."

Right!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter @Becs and Glamdring
Thanks, ladies! I think Dana is the one who is (view spoiler)


Glamdring You're welcome. You are right Baba, she is.


message 47: by Karla (new)

Karla Nice review Baba! Thanks for the warning.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Karla wrote: "Nice review Baba! Thanks for the warning."

Thanks, Karla, and you're welcome. :)


La-Lionne I would've been shocked if you had liked this book, as in mouth open, jaw crapping the floor :).
Great review, B!


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