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Give me six months, and I'll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he's ever had. Though it's been fifteen years since he escaped his father's abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he's come to accept being gay, he can't deny the shame and confusion he fe
ebook, 267 pages
Published April 9th 2012 by Riptide Publishing (first published April 6th 2012)
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Emma Sea
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: power-imbalance
Sure, I'll be your sub: wait, is that a ...?!!

Riveting and enthralling book. Although it's fairly long it's such a page-turner that it seemed very short.

This is not actually a book about a BDSM relationship, although it deals with these kinds of sexual activities, and the heart of the book is the nature of consent. If you like Sean Michael BDSM books, consider carefully if you want to read this: there is no "Mine," "Yours," "It's big," or "I see you." There is, instead, a lot of pain. And extrem
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: I truly don't know. Just read it.
I'm going to do something I have never done. I'm giving a 5 star rating to a book that made me sob like my heart was broken. I'm talking gut wrenching, full on absolute and utter breakdown. I don't think it would be inaccurate to say this book shredded me raw and left me bleeding on the floor. Life imitating art.

I know this is classified as BDSM. And in places that would be right. However I would be lying if I did not say I also think it is abuse and torture. It is about the breaking of a human
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites
5 Bloody Hell! Stars

Resistance is a journey of a Dom (Jonathan) and his sub (Bran) but a mess of a journey! The sub was wild, undisciplined, full of stubborn pride and so resistant. And the Dom, well he didn’t really a good job here! The story is full angsty and you don’t find it romantic, yes a bit affectionate (Johanathan toward Bran) but not romantic. Bran is so confused about his feelings toward Jonathan, most of the time cursed him and was so hateful but sometimes he felt something more. we
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read the blurb about this book some time ago and was really looking forward to it being published. In particular, I was intrigued by Brandon, his background and the issues that could raise for him, particularly regarding BDSM; I was looking forward to seeing how he would address those, with Jonathan's help.

As it turned out, Jonathan didn't really help Bran address anything at all. I finished this book feeling not just disappointed, but extremely upset. I had a lot of problems with this story a

Still one of the greatest BDSM books out there. 5++++ 🌟 then, 5+++++ 🌟 now, 5++++ 🌟 forever!! Bran and Jonathan 4 Eva

Let me begin by saying that this book was just surprises, rises, and falls. Cat and Rachel did something wonderful in this book, and left me in love with Power Play and its characters. Dynamics were switched, emotions put to the test, mistakes were made, and its one of the best BDSM novels I have read. What a pants losing this one caused.

Literatures Movies
I'm at loss for words. Let me just sit down for a minute and regroup myself because this book is going to be hard to review.

Because hot damn


This book was GOOD

And I mean, really really good. And really freaking hot.


After all the DNF-ing warfare that has been happening with almost all the books I have been reading 2018, I must say, this book was worth the wait. I would go through all those DNFs again if it brought me to this book.

Despite so many readers shelving this as BDSM, this is not a boo
I have had my eye on this book for more than a year. Never quite willing to cross the line for fear of having my toes chopped off. So now that my understanding has matured – it was time to take a big breath, grab the whiskey and get to it.

“I’m not going to pretend this will all be flowers and orgasms.”

I have never read anything quite like this; the basic plot (on the surface) appears to be formulaic BDSM but it is not. I am horrified when what should have been a slow, nurtured, easing into the l
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
This wasn't BDSM. This was abuse. And torture. All for the sake of abuse and torture and shock value. I didn't see this as some big psychological foray into BDSM, but simply a power-hungry degenerate beating and humiliating a man. Usually I can take disturbing, but this makes me really question what the authors were trying to do because I think they failed.

I wish these abuse stories would stop being labeled as BDSM or being praised at groundbreaking. It gives the BDSM community a bad name. I hav
This will be a review rant and there will be tons and tons and tons of spoilers so don't read if that's not your thing. This rating stands depending on the next book. I have some ideas of what's going on and where it's heading. However, the last 4% had me a bit perplexed so if it doesn't head in a different direction I might change my rating. This book is very well written, but it pissed me the hell off. Ok Spoiler time.

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When I realized this is not satire, I quickly lost interest. Is there anything less sexy than a wannabe dom written by a clueless writer? Fruitloop Jonathan is your typical "dom", sigh. I actually think I'd prefer Christian Grey? Hysterical. If this wasn't so shittily written as well, the story might have worked nicely in the form of a pure non con/abduction story.

Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

I’m fairly certain I should be writing about how much I hated this book but… I didn’t. I really liked it actually mainly because both of these guys are deftly written with flaws which makes them relatable not to mention interesting. Also, this is a cautionary tale to always ALWAYS read the fine print & ask questions before signing anything. Ever!

Bran is trying to drown his sorrows in a bar one night when Jonathan walks in. There is an attraction of a sort betwee
Heather C
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, cloud, m-m, ebook, series
I went way past my comfort zone reading this book!! I knew this level of intense BDSM wouldn't be for me at all, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could read it.  And surprisingly I actually liked an extent.  I think I couldn't put it down mostly because it was so shockingly horrific for my poor, little, innocent self. I also think it was written well and the pace was quick. So much happened in the short span of time the book covered.
First of all, I don't really understand the nee
Sigh. Asked once too often to read this, I herewith state I already read this end of last year. No. Didn't like it one bit. But that was logical, heh?

Oh, the blurb lies. This contains no consent of any valid and informed kind. At all. It's pure abuse.
ok now to try and write a coherent review of that fucked-up mess. I'm going to leave the rating until after I've read the 2nd book because... I really just don't know.....

(edit edit- Oct 2016 - I still get soooooo angry remembering this book, so 2 stars it is!!

EDIT - I've rated this three stars because, things work out well... I really want to give it two stars but... it did have good points and the writing WAS great and the second book is super sweet)

So I had read a few reviews before going in
***5 intense and powerful stars***


I love when a book leaves me speechless, when it takes a while to find the right words to describe it. The Power Play did exactly that. In a good way of course :).

I found the relationship between Jonathan and Bren absolutely fascinating. I liked that the story was told from both J's and B's point of views.
The beginning was pretty smooth and ordinary. Two guys meet in bar, have couple of drinks, talks a little, finds each other attractive and ends up... Uhm.. You
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
What The Heck!

OMH, WHAT Did I Just Read....SOOOOO---->Not My Thing!?

Why did I buy this? Gosh, in 2012, I felt like so many people have rated this book so great, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. You know , it was like slowing down to rubber neck a bad train wreck.

And, after reading Counterpoint in 2011-2012, of which I adored. So in 2012, I bought this book. I decided what have I got to lose. But, I held on....because I was still a wee bit frighten to actually read it.

Kol Anderson
How these guys made a short guy like Jonathan come across as the most dominating guy in the history of mankind is beyond me. I'm sorry I'm partial to characters who're a little fucked up in the head, and Brandon was just fucking perfect. The torture scenes, yes, despite the consensual BDSM plot there is some SERIOUS depraved dub-con/non-con torture activity which was all written so deliciously well. Everything is very very graphic and gratuitous and just the way I love it. *sigh* I hear a lot of ...more
Smith Barney
Pretty intense kink and mutha-f-ing-mind-blowing power-play..and probably not for the faint-hearted.


The second book is even better and really has to be read to appreciate the story as a whole. My rating for this raised quite a bit after reading Power Play: Awakening.

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I actually have more appreciation for this writers singular work versus her dual-authored work. Interesting kinkster..that's for certain. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["
I thought what I needed was time to process this book but no amount of time will do that. I am shaking my head just thinking about what I read and debating on how to rate this utter mind fuck. This is half review/half rant complete with a few colorful words and I will warn you, here there may be spoilers. Not many but consider your self warned.

This story starts out simple. Boy meets boy in a bar. Boys have a bit of intense sexual activity in the alley; boy leaves his business card just in case.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Lindsey
What happens when a strong man with hidden submissive tendencies comes across a powerful man who wants to dominate him? What happens when the experienced dominant forces a vanilla man into submission without a shred of teaching? Resistance is the answer. Brandon is a stubborn construction manager who is picked up at a bar by the self made man, Jonathan. Jonathan and Brandon’s chemistry is like lithium in water, explosive. Jonathan chases Brandon and makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Brandon ne ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Normally, I hate books featuring millionaires/billionaires/gazillionaires who are dominants because usually the sub isn't and the book ends up reading more like 'Pretty Woman' with whips. In this case, we're talking a three-million dollar payout for six months of a man's life. It also says loud and clear that only the rich get to indulge in all the toys of the BDSM lifestyle. So much for us regular janes who are 'stuck' using clothespins and rope from The Home Depot, lol. Seriously, fancy dungeo ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while I read a book that pushes my soft limits to the very edge. That I don't want to turn another page to read but can't stop myself. This is one of those.
Wow. Intense. BDSM. M/M. Edgy. Take your pick. To me this was a hard core version of "fifty shades of grey" if there was one. There's sadism. There's gay love. There's BDSM slave. There's impact play. There's cage/wand/floggers and so much more that made me want to delete this book BUT I just couldn't stop. I HAD to know the e
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
*****3.5 maybe 4 "TOYS R ROUGH" STARS****

"Give me six months, and I'll give you the world."
I'm a HUGE fan of Rachel's Haimowitz and her The Flesh Cartel, Season 1: Damnation series, and while Power Play: Resistance evoked several emotions, the majority of the time what I was feeling was ROYALLY PISSED OFF!

This story left me spent. I can't even decide how to rate it. This review is going to be brief as I need to stop thinking about Jonathan.

Self made billionaire Jonathan Watkins propositio
Feb 14, 2012 added it
Shelves: queer, romance, bdsm, riptide
Warning: Hardcore. While consent is clearly established and frequently reaffirmed, some moments push hard against the outer edges of consent.

So, um, wow. A hard-core BDSM novel that revolves around one man's desire to explore and expose another man's submissive and masochistic side. This isn't just another "OMG, I'm totally a sub!" story, as Bran and Jonathan struggle through a series of issues. Heavy and sometimes dark, this isn't for the light of heart, but for those who want to explore
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, bdsm
I'm not really sure whether this is really hard core BDSM or torture porn. One of the things I keep tripping over is that Jonathon did an extensive background check on Brandon. He had seen Brandon's childhood medical records and was aware that he'd been beaten by his father when he was a child. He'd also had indications, very early on in his contract with Brandon that Brandon still had very serious issues surrounding his abuse at the hands of his father.

And yet, he thought it was a good idea to
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, erotica-contemp
Want to smack them both upside the head.

Seriously?! You take a person who's never seen a pool and grapple them into the deep end--they can't swim and they almost drowned as a kid and you're surprised that they freak out and will claw you/them/anything to get out? Are you that monumentally stupid? That's pretty much the approach to 24/7 TPE relationship here.

But it gets even more spectacular WTFuckery--(view spoiler)
★★★★★ 5 Not-for-the-Faint-of-♡ Stars ★★★★★

Holy shit, this book was intense...
and I just couldn't get enough!

Why did I love it so much?
Hard-core kink? ✓
Physically smaller Dom? ✓
One big, red-haired resistant sub? ✓
Had me gripping the edge of my seat the whole time? ✓

Bran is a down-on-his-luck construction worker who is going from bank to bank trying to scrounge up $3 million to buy his boss's design/architectural firm. He is an extremely intelligent man with a brilliant mind for architecture, bu

This review is going to be my new mountain to climb. Normally, when I read a book, I instantly write a review.

With this one, I couldn’t.

It was one of those books that does everything a book is supposed to do. Make you laugh, make you cry, make you pissed off, make you scream at the book!

I think the thing that was hardest about this book, was I didn’t really know who I needed to side with this most. In the long run, I needed to be on the side of both characters, because at the end of the day, t
4.5 stars

okay, I was waffling between 3 stars - 4 stars - 5 stars... it was really hard to grasp just how good this book really was, it took time and some reflection before I could even think to write this review.

Jonathan - hum, where to begin? I got such a weird vibe from him from the beginning, very un-Dom like, you know? Just the way he presented himself to Bran and his whole proposal - the first 2/3rds of the book I was like, "Bran, are you crazy? Why isn't he talking to you? Every time you
Danny Tyran
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
Great BDSM book!
Brandon has had a hard life and has made something of himself all on his own. He keeps to himself, works hard and tries to work on his dream. So when the opportunity to make that dream come true arose, he went full out to get it. Did he think it through enough? Did he fully know what he was getting into? These are some of the questions that have been coming up in review sites. But for me, it doesn't matter. He knew what he wanted. He went after it no matter the cost. Was it fair?
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