Angel and the Assassin by Fyn Alexander
Kael Saunders loves to dominate handsome, masculine men like himself. Being in charge is his way of life whether it be in his work with the Secret Intelligence service, his personal life, or in the dungeon. The last thing he expects when he is out on a hit is to fall in love with Angel, an eighteen-year-old boy desperate for the love and guidance of a Daddy. Yet Angel also has a passion for being spanked and restrained. Two very different men find love in a world of skilled assassins, Bosnian terrorists, and dungeon play.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book deals with a BDSM kink that isn’t always popular with fans. It’s the Daddy kink and while BDSM fans may not mind it, the problematic characterization could also be an issue. Unfortunately Angel acts like a VERY immature child, which makes his Daddy dynamic with Kael uncomfortable. It’s not just a kink, Angel alternates between acting like a bratty eight year old and spouting out wizened psychological insight. It’s very uneven and kind of ridiculous while Kael is more evenly portrayed but unlikely to get much sympathy from readers.
Angel’s actions are pretty ridiculous. He sees Kael murder his step father but has no problems jumping into bed with the assassin. Angel frequently has temper tantrums, crying fits, and acts like a brat. He’s worse than a brat though because he’s openly defiant in much more immature ways than teenagers. He even sits in the middle of the street then crying hysterically because he simply wasn’t ready to go home. Who acts like that? Unfortunately I asked that question over and over as Angel bounces between his two characterizations. One moment he’s crying and defiant the next he’s lecturing Kael on his flaws and insecurities. Neither personality felt honest or appealing and really I felt bad that Kael was dealing with such a brat.
Not that Kael is all warm and loving either. His body count is high and his indiscriminate cruelty isn’t likely to win readers over. I personally didn’t mind this so much – after all he’s a cold blooded assassin – but I just couldn’t understand why he put up with Angel’s antics so much. Their BDSM play is way too advanced for the novice Angel is and locking Angel in a dog cage while Kael leaves for more than a day is more than ridiculous and dangerous, it’s ludicrous. So unfortunately there are numerous issues and problems that are may discomfort readers. It’s highly reader dependant though so be sure to read several reviews and make up your mind.
I didn’t particularly hate this novel but it’s over the top and ridiculous in many ways. Since it’s so over the top, I never got worked up over the antics that forced other readers to turn away or not finish the book. Neither character is particularly likable or interesting to read though. Also their dynamic is weird, though that’s likely to grow as Angel matures (eventually). See for yourself as your mileage may vary.
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