Book: Endings and Beginnings
Series: Collars & Cuffs (Book 8)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 18, 2016
Length: 387 pages
Reviewed by Erin
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.
Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.
Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
Endings and Beginnings is the final book in the much loved Collars and Cuffs series written by KC Wells and Parker Williams. As such, the book is pretty much exactly what the title implies, an ending as well as a beginning for all of the men of Collars and Cuffs. We meet new characters, JJ and Darren, and say hello, and then good bye to some of our favorites from the earlier books. I really liked how the authors tied up many loose ends, introduced us to a new couple, and gave us readers a very satisfying HEA all at one time.
This duo of Wells and Williams does a brilliant job of weaving a story. There’s been a story arc that began in the first book that has continued throughout all eight novels, but each can be read as a standalone. (Of course it goes without saying that reading them all in order from beginning to end is definitely the way to go in order to get maximum enjoyment!) In Endings and Beginnings we see the culmination of that arc that began with Thomas and Peter. The man who so cruelly and savagely abused both Peter and Jeff, has died—by his own hand—and now they along with the friends and Doms who love them must navigate the aftermath. Peter is withdrawn, Thomas is worried, Jeff is angry and the others just want to help.
During all this, we meet JJ, the new bartender at BDSM club Collars and Cuffs who’s harboring a heavy secret, and Darren, who we met briefly during book 2 in the gorgeous scene between Thomas and Peter where Peter is shaved. One of the best things about this series, is that each book and each couple explore a different facet of the BDSM lifestyle. Some are more intense than the others, but it’s been fascinating to see all the different D/s relationships. In Endings and Beginnings, Darren and JJ have a typical D/s relationship, but it takes much patience on Darren’s part to get there. In true Wells and Williams fashion, there is plenty of hot sex, but also some very tender, beautiful moments between these two as JJ learns to trust himself and Darren and open himself up to the possibilities Darren offers him.
It’s been amazing to see all of these beloved characters grow. The sense of family between all the couples truly makes this series even better. There’s passion and love and support and acceptance. My favorites are Leo and Alex and Dorian and Alan, but each couple and each book have been wonderful. It’s sad to see this series come to an end, but the sendoff KC Wells and Parker Williams have given us is truly fabulous and fitting for such a great series.
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