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A House of Cards: Deconstructing Ethan

(The Forbidden Room #2)

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Ethan Bryant's world has been turned upside down by the loss of his submissives. Alone and desperate, his life spins dangerously out of control.

Will a return to Chicago give him the closure he so desperately seeks? What happens when a childhood friend comes back into Ethan's life, vying for his love. Will Ethan find what he is looking for, or will Jayden's jealousy tear t
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2010 by CreateSpace (first published 2010)
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Dee Wy
Good Lord have mercy. Why is there so much death in these people's lives? I wanna know. I have never read about so many senseless deaths. This one did have me shed a few tears. Unrequited love is one of my favourite story lines and yet it is generally done so poorly. In this one, it was done in so many variations I could barely breathe through the pain. A mother's love is not returned. A father's love is misunderstood. A woman's love of her master and partner is not returned. A man's love and de ...more
Shelley
House of Cards is the second novel in a series. Please read the Forbidden Room before before reading this. I will try hard not to give it all away.

In The Forbidden Room, we are told the story from Jayden's point of view. Jayden who is confused about feelings he has for Ethan and most importantly questions over his own sexuality. He doesn't know if Ethan has the ability to love or feel the same. It's all about being about a Dom for Ethan isn't it?
So Jayden makes the only decision he feels that h
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grumpybybirth
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MAJOR ANGST, BDSM, Surviviors
Shelves: bdsm, m-m
this story was very powerful to me. This story gave me the validation i needed, and the most amazing characters I have read. Ethan is the most tortured soul I have met, and I loved every minute of his story. Ethan, Jayden, and Lexi are strong characters that grab you and hold onto you and suck you in deep. Ethan is such a strong guy, and as we watch his story unfold we see the depths of his demons and you can't help but realize how strong he is and be proud of how far he has come. Jayden is his ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
4.5 Stars

The final book in this series, and so much better in my opinion. Learning about Ethan, and being in his head was exactly what I needed to finally fall for the characters in this series. J P Barnaby excels at writing troubled and traumatized characters, and how Ethan's character was explained in this book was no exception.

I have had trouble with Jayden throughout this series, but by the end of this I had come to accept his character more, so I was very pleased with the ending.

Lexxie was
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Teresa
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ethan's life as he knew it is over. After the abuse Ethan underwent when he was kidnapped at eight years ago, he rebuilt his life by maintaining the control he learned as a BSDM dominant. Ethan never became emotionally invested until he took Lexi then Jayden as his submissives. When Lexi left Ethan felt the whole in his life, but Jayden's leaving broke him. Ethan withdrew from the world until he went to another dominant to give him the pain he needed to deal with his emotional distress. When his ...more
Vivian
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-contemp
Intense, emotional and more than good enough for a few moment of hyperventilating.

I enjoyed this sequel to the first book. Ethan turns out to be far more complicated and worthy than the first book portrays. His journey is more arduous both physically and emotionally than Jayden's was in The Forbidden Room. That was a young man's journey, this one belongs to a tormented one.

There are some wild swings in the emotions and how Jayden, Lexi and Ethan find resolution is not without a lot of pain. Thi
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Dreamer
I enjoyed this second book far more than the first. Ethan begins writing a journal to try and overcome his troubled past.

'I was the boy on the milk carton.
I was the tortured soul.
I was the doctor.
I was the Master.
I am Ethan Richard Hughes Bryant.
Now I am all of them.'
Lori
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book at 10:00 last night and finished it at 4:00 this morning. It wouldn't let me go. I just had to see how it ended. I loved this book but I'm really hoping that a sequel is planned because it didn't feel finished to me. There is more healing that needs to happen.
Stephanie
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, ebook, recommended, m-m
Wow what a pleasant surprise this turned out to be. I am so glad I could see past me BDSM hang ups and read this and the first book.

I will be looking for more by this author.
Wendy Ann
As with the first book in the series, I never wrote a review for this the first time around and had that overwhelming urge to re-read it. And again, I was amazed at how many of the small details I didn’t recall at all from my first go around – like the whole big reason for Ethan’s issues that stemmed from a horrific childhood trauma. I also didn’t remember exactly how conflicted both Ethan and Jayden were over the lines that had been put down and were not meant to be crossed in their relationshi ...more
Kira
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Normally, I shy away from BDSM books in which the main character(s) have any sort of psychological issues. It seems almost trendy that some authors toss that in as a means of eliciting sympathy or to make sense to vanilla readers as to why anyone would get off on flogging someone or being flogged. In the case of A House of Cards: Deconstructing Ethan, it's less about wallowing in self-pity and more about how Ethan, a victim of a horrific childhood kidnapping and sexual assualt, begins to reclaim ...more
Shirley Frances
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read, mm-series, 2012
4.5

The story was hard to get through, but Ethan's journey to acceptance and happiness was beautiful. You get to really get to know Ethan inside and out. All his inner musings, his thoughts, everything was full of emotion and you couldn't help but feel for him.

"I crushed him to me and was hit with a feeling so incredibly strong that, for a moment, I couldn't breathe. There were aspects of it that I recognized easily - attraction, lust, but there were subtler aspects as well and they weren't as re
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Kimiko Kotani
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first book ended with Ethan all alone, having realised that he'd waited to late to utter those words of love. Words of love that unfortunately, were taken as a casul utterance and not the heartfelt enormous revelation they were. Ethan is a mess, his carefully constructed life of no truly deep ties to his heart crashng down. How Jaden and Lexi handle the situation when it comes to their attention only adds to the tension..they mean well, but Ethan is too busy trying to move on and erect new b ...more
(just) Trixie
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-lendable, 2011
This sequel was very different than the first book. There weren't as many "scenes" as the first book and the ones there were were either flashbacks or much more emotionally charged. This book was mostly about Ethan and him coming out of his self imposed box.

I really liked the first book despite sometimes feeling like I needed diagrams to go with the scenes. But this book was a lot deeper emotionally and at some times quite tragic. I'm not quite sure what else to say without giving things away, e
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Spynonu
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was disappointed after reading The Forbidden Room as the story felt unfinished. I had no idea that there was a follow up until I picked this book.

I loved this book. It was difficult to read at times the story so jammed packed with angst and hurt it was difficult to breathe. It was a long journey for two people to find each other when they were already so close.

Like The Forbidden Room the ending was again bittersweet but it felt finished. It left me teary eyed with relief for Jayden and Ethan b
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Hrtnsoul28
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-2012
I can't put into words the emotion I feel for this book. I feel such a connection to Ethan. Well it is more emotional connection since I am not a guy or gay. All his feelings I have felt. The self hate, denial, regret, what if's and confusion about what was done to us as children. I still am not sure if I really know what love is or if I can feel it. Besides for my kids and sister I don't think I am able. Ethans struggles give me hope. He was an amazing complex character that I will not soon for ...more
Lisa
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Sharon Cox
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started this book immediately after reading "The forbidden room" and this is the way that they should be read. Please read the books in order as only then will you get the full experience.
This book is written from Ethan's point of view and through his writing of his diary we understand what makes him the man that he is. His diary entries are intertwined with the present day and this really makes the story interesting.
I read the book in one sitting as I did not want to put it down and I highl
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Rachel
Wow. I am on an emotional overload. I have to process a bit before I can thoroughly review. I can only simply say that this was an honest, gut-wrenching, and some how still sexy read that forces you to look deeper into or to explore your own sexual depravities (or lack there of I would assume.)
Amy
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, m-m
I'm not going to spoil this for anyone else by giving away the plot. I will say that every misgiving I had in book one was solved in book two. The reader was given Ethan's POV and got to see Ethan become emotionally invested in his friend's lives. I wish it didn't have to end!
Jean
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, erotica, menage, m-m
3.5 stars
I really loved these characters in the first book and was mostly frustrated with them in this one. It still had some great moments, but I didn't love it like I did the first one in the series.
Vfan1
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, favorites, mmf
I read both books in this series in two days. Wow, could not put them down! First time reading MM without much female interaction. This author did not disappoint, the characters and emotions in this book are so well written. This is definitely a keeper to be reread!
Heather
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic-romance
I won this book on a Goodreads' giveaway contest to try out a new author and gene and am glad I won it. The story is a nice read and flows very well. The characters are likeable and the bdsm scenes are done very well.
Carol Lowe
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this version of Ethan's POV and cried and cried buckets....... Keep up the great writing
Melanie
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was even better than the 1st. I did not see the ending coming, which is a plus.
Renee (ren213)
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, mm
I liked this book but I felt like Ethan was a different character than I remembered in the first book. It has been a while since I read it but he just seemed like a completely different person.
Kristie
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So heartbreaking, tragic, and beautiful.
*Nan*
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
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An award-winning, best-selling novelist of over a dozen books, J. P. Barnaby is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is often described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica which is, of course, far more inter ...more

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