TBR reviewer: B.H.
Jesse returns to the ranch to find her lover, Meg, in trouble—raped and beaten by her ex. It’s up to Jesse to rescue her and to see that justice is done.
After a much-needed weekend of riding in the hills, Jesse returns to the ranch to find her lover, Meg, in trouble—ex-husband trouble. Meg had been raped, battered and bruised. It’s up to Jesse to rescue her and to see that justice is done. It’s also up to her to prove to Meg that their love can endure anything.
I love western romances and recently became a fan of the lesbian genre. The blurb sounded dark and gritty, another favorite of mine. Those are my reasons for choosing Jesse’s Homecoming. This is also my first book by Jude Mason.
To say I’m disappointed pretty much sums up my experience with this novel. If I ignore the comma overload Mason is a great writer but the skill wasn’t the issue with this story. The big issue, the plot.
An abusive man is raping Jesse’s girlfriend and she walks in on it. Let me ask you, what would you do? Me, I would shoot him. No doubt, no hesitate, shot already fired. Jesse intends to let him go...*Shakes head* Okay, on a crazy chance this happens we’ll go with that. He tried something and she shoots him in the shoulder. That satisfied me. The bastard is bleeding but still a threat and she goes to her lover, Meg, and listens to the story of how this started while she was away. What?! The potential threat is right there and they start chatting away. Are you kidding me?
Yes, I read on despite that. They secure the rapist eventually and then give Meg a bath...If you could only see the look on my face. Why would you possible wait to get the sheriff? Yes, I understand she wants to be clean but Jesse should use common freaking sense. This anger me to the point of no return.
I’d also shoot the ‘big, strong’ ranch hands that left Meg with a man that slapped her and threatened to kill her. Jesse had to potential to be a great character but she had no depth and completely lacked sense. She’s one of those TSTL characters that make me cringe.
Jesse’s Homecoming comes down to this: Jude Mason has real talent, the skill is there but the plot is not.
HANDCUFF FREE ZONE: There's sex but NOTHING hot.
I want to start off by apologizing not only to TBR but to the 'authors' whose stories I didn’t get to by not finishing this book. I’ve never not finished a book before and I hope this never happens again.
So why could I not finish this book? It’s not because I don’t like BDSM, anyone can look at my reviews and see that I do. I loved DUCK! By Kim Dare and that is BDSM to the extreme. The problem lays in that I don’t like rape and all three stories were stories about rape and not true BDSM. It was clear that these authors know nothing about BDSM and instead used this title to write out their perverse desires and it’s an insult to the BDSM community. I have no problem with an author writing perverse stories, it’s a niche that some readers out there like but don’t false label it.
Example: The first story has the Dom putting the sub through things she absolutely hates. He isn’t pushing her limits but taking perverse pleasure from torturing her but it’s all support to be okay because the victim cums. News Flash, even rape victims can be made to cum, that doesn’t make it any less like rape. A true Dom cares about their sub’s wants and needs. While they might push limits their motto is Sane, Safe, and Consensual.
Example Two: Then you have the second story where the girlfriend is basically cheating on her boyfriend on the BDSM online community but not only that but is down talking him to friends. When he finds out, his retaliation is to sneak up behind her, ball gag her and reenact her e-mails. Again, this doesn’t even come close to Sane, Safe, and Consensual.
Example Three: She is at home and getting ready to celebrate a birthday when she gets a surprise. Two people grab her, tie her up and do sexual things to her. Again it’s all suppose to be okay because she cums. Again we see no concept of Sane, Safe, and Consensual.
Again, I apologize to TBR for not finishing this book, I can only hope that after reading this review that you understand why.
I now have to go stare into a light bulb and hope to sear these awful images from my brain.