Saturday, August 24, 2019

ARC Review: Top Priority (The Game #1) by Cara Dee

Top Priority (The Game #1)
In a perfect world, Lucas West would meet someone in one of the BDSM communities he was active in, someone who ached for a Daddy Dom as much as Lucas longed for a Little to care for. They would date, play, build something that was just for them, and share a future together.

In a perfect world, Colt Carter would get through his next deployment and then move closer to DC where he could create at least a semblance of a personal life. He wanted something outside of the Air Force, something kinky, something worth leaving everything behind for eventually. For years, he’d kept his inner Sadist and Daddy Dom locked up, only letting him out to play on rare occasions.

In a perfect world…

In reality, Lucas and Colt met each other.


Top Priority is the first novella in The Game Series, a BDSM series where romance meets the reality of kink. Sometimes we fall for someone we don’t match with, sometimes vanilla business gets in the way of kinky pleasure, and sometimes we have to compromise and push ourselves to overcome trauma and insecurities. No matter what, two things are certain. This is not a perfect world, and life never turns out the way you planned.

Jewel's rating:

You can't always choose who you fall for.

Top Priority wasn't quite what I expected. That is not necessarily a bad thing, though. I was expecting a lot more kink than there was. There really was very little. That said, the story really excelled in the relationship department. The author nailed it and given just how short this novella is, I find that fairly remarkable.

Colt is a fighter pilot, with an emphasis on 'control freak'. I love that in a Dommy MC. He's also got a sadistic streak, so the fact that Lucas also loves pain, there's definitely some delicious compatibility there, even if Lucas claims to not be submissive, much less a "little". I loved Colt's cockiness and the fact that he knows what he wants and how to get it.

Lucas is in a bit of a rut. He's been working for his father and it's sucking his soul dry. He's ready to make some changes and he wishes he could find a little of his own. Lucas says he isn't submissive, that he had tried it and didn't like it, but unlike Colt, he really didn't strike me as a Dom in Top Priority, either. I'm definitely interested in seeing his character develop further, because I just don't see a Dom in him. It's very possible I am alone in this.

Regardless of kink, Lucas and Colt are very much sexually compatible. Colt being a sadist top and Lucas being a masochist who loves to bottom for rough sex, and the chemistry they brought, Top Priority is hot. From the very first flirtation, I knew I'd love Lucas and Colt together, and I did. I found their relationship very satisfying, but at the same time I want more (because I'm greedy, not because the story felt incomplete).

While Top Priority wasn't all that kinky, I do expect and hope that the next story will be. Top Priority introduces the world and the characters very well and gives us a taste of what might come. And I can't wait.


ARC of Top Priority was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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