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Watch Point

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A 2017 Riptide Publishing Holiday Charity Novel

Eric Sakai-Johnson joined the Navy SEALs to protect his country and the people he loves. After discharge, he finds himself relegated to protecting big pharma billionaire Aiden Milford from assassination attempts and kidnapping. Until Aiden reneges on a promise, fires Eric, and lets Eric’s mother die with millions of dollars in
ebook, 177 pages
Published November 6th 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published November 2017)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
In news that will shock exactly no one, I skimmed the blurb. I checked the tags and saw: dubious consent, BDSM, military, enemies to lovers and hate sex and...


Almost immediately things went sideways, though. Most of those tags (IMO) should come with a "lite" disclaimer.

Check it. These two arrange to hook up through an app. Meet at a motel. Hit The Bone Zone right quick then the next thing I know Eric is sedating Chase while he's bou
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So sweet, hot, and satisfying! I can't wait for the next book in this series.
I really was hoping to like this more; former SEAL, kidnapping, sex and love. Well, it certainly had sex, lots and lots of sex, that kind of tried to be kinky but but was badly done until it turned fairly vanilla. When it all went to crap, it pointed up what a truly crappy SEAL Erik was. He was supposedly discharged honorably, technically under DADT, but it was because his team was playing sex games with each other. Seriously? SEALS are not supposed to be just physical fit, they’re supposed to b ...more
Brown Eyed Girl ~Suzanne~
Feb 18, 2019 marked it as tried-sample-didn-t-work-for-me
Maybe one day I’ll go back and check this one out again but in just the sample everything felt like it was a mess.
Joyfully Jay
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Watch Point was an entertaining and clever story that kept me engaged from the start and was a nice spin on the “falling for your kidnapper” trope. I was expecting a typical Stockholm Syndrome thing going on here, but instead this story goes in some unusual directions. First, it is told all though Eric’s POV, which is an interesting choice in that we don’t really know what Chase is thinking about all this beyond what he says to Eric. Typically this type of story
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Reviewed for Just Love.

Trigger warnings… this story is full of dubious consent due to the kidnapping. Actual kidnapping. Rape fantasy between kidnapper and hostage.


Okay, are you still with me after all the warnings? Good. Let me tell you something about me. I can read dub con and non con books. I can. I’ve been known to read quite a lot of them, actually. So just know that the fact that this book is riddled with it,
Fired by his homophobic boss, bankrupted by medical bills from a fight his mother lost, and set adrift from the SEAL team that was way too close for Uncle Sam to countenance, Eric has lost everything except the driving need for vengeance. And his ex-boss's twink son is going to get it for him.

This was definitely darker than I usually go, but I tried a sample on a whim after another author I like raved about it. I LOVED it IMMEDIATELY. The opening was gripping, clever, and filled with delicious
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: omg-review, arc, mm
2.5 stars

If you’re in a mood where you want pure erotica - I’m talking legit porn on paper, like, that bad acting porn where they pretend there’s a plot but really, everyone’s just there to fuck and the storyline is purely perfunctory - then this is probably the book for you.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t looking for porn on paper.

The blurb for Watch Point really grabbed my attention. I interpreted a lot of things from it - I expected age gap, stockholm syndrome, lots of action, high stakes, adrenaline
Lisa The Novel Approach
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, erotica
I’m such a huge fan of Cecilia Tan’s Daron’s Guitar Chronicles serial, so I jumped on this book like it was made of chocolate and coffee to get a taste of what the author could do with something far more erotic than Daron and Ziggy ever get into.

Good God…

Watch Point hits on some of my fave tropes, especially when the tables are turned and the hunter becomes the hunted, figuratively speaking. The setup of Chase Milford’s kidnapping and the unveiling of his particular kinks afford the book all of
Cee Brown
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(.•(.• (.•`* 3.5 Truly went outside the box stars.


Where to start?

Ex Navy Seal, former bodyguard Eric was angry. Angry and disgusted and wanted revenge. Revenge against the man whom had ultimately led to the demise of his mother. After all the plotting, he was left with one conclusion. Kidnapping the man's son for ransome.

Easier said and done, as Chase practically fell into his lap and became a willing participant. Only thing, Chase never he was being kidnapped until it was too late.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read it 1 day, I think that speaks for how much I enjoyed this book. First book I have read from this author but will be checking out her other books asap. This book has a bit of everything (if you read the acknowledgements at the end you will know why) with a generous amount of sexy time. I am not exaggerating there is a ton of sexy time all with men on men action. Some triggers in here as well, I bought from Riptide Publishing and they list everything on their website. Editing was perfect whic ...more
Jen Drummond
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Devoured this in a day - couldn’t put it down!
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Nov 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
Thank you, Catch Me If You Can Elf for this wonderful gift! I'm looking forward to carving out time to read it!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! ❤ ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've gotta agree with one other reviewer of Watch Point... this book is not for everyone and there are some people who will have a real issue with it. I've also have to be clear on one point. I do not in any way condone what Eric did. I can also honestly say that I've never been in a situation as desperate as he found himself in, so I'm not judging his actions. There's a very fine line drawn between right and wrong in Watch Point and Eric pushed it to the limit, but what Aiden Milford did to Eri ...more
Cecilia Tan’s Watch Point had me initially hooked by the blurb. I was expecting this forbidden, dark captive romance that rides the edge of dubious consent. Reading other reviews first, I got the sense that this wasn't what I should expect. I thought that if the fantasy element was there, however, that it would still work for me so I one-clicked hard.

This was a total miss for me, however.

Eric is a SEAL who was screwed over by his past employer, Aiden. To get back at the man, Eric decides to kidn
Christi Snow
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review:
This book is not going to be for everyone just because Eric is breaking the law, but I really, really enjoyed it. This was my first time reading Cecilia Tan so I had no idea what to expect, but I read the entire book in one day because it was so well-written and riveting.

Eric was a SEAL with an interesting relationship with his team. That whole story isn't part of the book, but it was in there with hints and glimpses throughout. Now, I'm dying to know what happened to the other three
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a little weird for me. I guess falling for someone who kidnaps you can only be done in books or the movies. Unless you have something like Stockholm syndrome or whatever it's called. I don't know. To be honest, the sex scenes threw me off a little too. I'm all for BDSM and a little bit of rough sex, but some of it was too much for me. But what one person doesn't like another does, so read and make your own decision.

Eric is furious with his ex-boss. After firing him just because he
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Watch Point was so bad, so very, very bad. I normally like a good kidnapping, Stockholm Syndrome, dubious consent plot. Add in MM and I'm so there. Add in a former Navy SEAL and I'm a happy, happy woman. But this? No, just no. It just never connected for me. Eric, for one, has to be the dumbest former Navy SEAL I've ever read about. He doesn't behave or think like a former SEAL, at all!

The plot, which sounded good, is this: Thanks to Eric's former employee screwing him over, Eric has decided to
4.5 stars and would definitely re-read!

This book was full of the unexpected, starting with the way it kept me up way past my bedtime to finish it all in one go. I'm not normally an up-all-night-reading person - age and morning responsibilities usually keep me from doing it - but I quite literally could not put this one down.
Not unexpected: it was hot as f***, just as I'd expect from Cecilia Tan. Right from the start these two characters are in each others' pants.
Unexpected: there was a serious
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Watch Point by Cecilia Tan is a kinky m/m romantic thriller. Eric Sakai-Johnson is messed up. He was honorably discharged from the Navy (before don’t ask, don’t tell), fired from his bodyguard job even after he took a bullet for the guy because the guy found out that he was gay. The firing also ended the medical support his employer was giving Eric’s mother leaving Eric with millions in debt. He is pissed off. His plans to kidnap his former employers son in exchange for the money doesn’t go e
Feb 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-gay
I enjoyed this book until the main character/narrator was raped by the love interest's father.

I would not have bought this book if Riptide had listed common trigger warnings on their cover copy like some authors do and had known in advance that there was a rape scene. My whole day is wrecked now. Zero stars.
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
I really hate rating books so low, especially when the publisher/author has been so kind to send me an ARC, but this one was definitely not for me. Longer review to come soon.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Cecilia's writing! Interesting characters, hot sex, love the premise.
Jennie Mandigo
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pdf, read-in-2017
Kinky and heart felt as always.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Hot hard sex with a better than average plot.
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Susie Bright says, "Cecilia Tan is simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature." Since the publication of Telepaths Don't Need Safewords in 1992, she has been on the cutting edge of the erotic form, often combining elements of fantasy and science fiction in her work. She is also founder and editor of Circlet Press.

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