Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Title:   Own
Author:  Katie Porter
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1619218826
Genre:  {M/F}, BDSM, Men in Uniform, Contemporary, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Katsu, Colonel Stafford’s daughter, ends up staying with the man that broke her heart when he went to work for her father.  Now that she has to be protected, Evan knows things are going to get complicated.

Own is the first book in the Command Force Alpha series.  Command Force Alpha is a Black Ops group with members of elite forces from around the world fighting terrorists and criminal organizations.  The author also showcases the journey of two people finding their way together after a lot of baggage and learning what they need from each other.

Evan and Katsu have some intense chemistry as well as history.  For those that like BDSM stories, this is more about the mindset of a relationship than about bondage itself.  Though Katsu is independent in her own right, she craves the order of not having to choose in certain situations. 

Evan knows Katsu needs order in her life, yet she has let it become chaotic.  One thing that I liked was that the author showed that a BDSM relationship is what the people involved want it to be.  I liked that Katsu was willing to state exactly what she wanted and needed, such as the remark that she doesn’t like pain, but was willing to be spanked because that made Evan happy, but that was as far as it was going to go regarding pain.  Evan knew what he liked, but had never really thought of it in terms of domination and submission.  I loved his solution to help Katsu cope when he had to be gone on missions. 

As the story progresses, several surprises wait for the team with regards to their last mission and what it entails for the future.  One thing that is inferred about Katsu’s father is that he had the same type of relationship with her mother, even though remarks he makes seem to go over Katsu’s head regarding it. The relationships between the various team members are great, but also volatile at times.  I think this is because they are at the top of their game in covert ops and it is a way to relieve the stress.  The men and woman of Command Force Alpha contributed in their own way to the story and I am looking forward to their stories in the future.

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