Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Saving Sebastian
Author: Luna David
Series: Custos Securities #3
Heroes: Gideon McCade, Sebastian Phillips
Length: 525 Pages
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Gideon McCade—weighed down by memories of his previous life as a Navy SEAL and a CIA agent—has blood on his hands. He turns to his BDSM club, Catharsis, and Dominating submissives to get him through the daily grind of civilian life. Knowing his past is too much to inflict on a life partner, he keeps his connections brief and superficial. When his former life comes back to haunt him, his desire for revenge pulls him back into the shadows, darkening his hopes for a future in the light.
Temporarily sidelining his career as a tattoo artist, Sebastian Phillips works as a composite artist for the local police department. To alleviate the inescapable burden of a congenital medical condition, he immerses himself in his art and seeks the catharsis of submission. But with life weighing heavily on his shoulders and darkness encroaching, he yearns for a contract with a Dominant that sees past the protective barriers he’s erected to the vulnerable submissive within.
When happenstance brings Gideon and Sebastian together, their connection is undeniable. The knowledge that they are both too damaged to form permanent bonds of love causes them to rely on an impersonal contract to fulfil their physical needs. But staying emotionally detached becomes impossible, and breaking their contract seems the only option. Will Gideon’s need for vengeance and Sebastian’s declining health destroy what’s grown between them, or will they help each other find their way back into the light?
This story was all I was hoping it would be, plus a whole lot more. It was even better than the first two books. As a matter of fact, it was so close to a full 6 star book that I was left wondering when I fell for the whole BDSM theme. I rarely pick those books up, yet there was just something about the dynamic between Gideon and Sebastian that I just could not put it down. And this book is very long, so yeah, many late nights spent reading and many long days at work with droopy eyes. Thank a lot Luna!
This is a BDSM book, yes, but it is so much more. Both Gideon and Sebastian are damaged by their pasts and you really don’t root for one over the other. You love them both equally because you can feel that pain that resides within them both. They are damaged and it takes a while for both to see their own value. This story is heartbreaking, romantic, harsh, violent, and emotional to the nth degree. I was dying for it to be over so they could get past their pain, but at the same time, I never wanted it to end. It really is a great book, and I know I told my fellow reviewer, Jen, to read it…at least twice.
This is not an easy story, and some aspects are down right cold hearted and brutal. But, there is also a boatload of potential that keeps you going ,and you see the perfect ending, just sitting there right on edge, waiting for Sebastian and Gideon to grab it. It takes a
while, but they make it. I said it before and I will repeat myself, it was not easy, but so worth it. And look at that cover. That scene played out inside the book and my heart was in my throat. I kept flipping to the cover and was floored by how well that scene was written.
This is a beautiful story, with a beautiful cover, but my heart was battered so now I am going to need some aftercare.
Overall Impression: It was Amazing