Book Review: Restraint (Power Exchange #4) by A.J. Rose

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Restraint
Author: A.J. Rose
Series: Power Exchange #4
Heroes: Ben/Gavin
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 354 Pages
Publisher: A.J. Rose
Release Date: April 27, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Who brings a Glock on a honeymoon?

Not retired detective Gavin DeGrassi. When his husband Ben asks who he plans to shoot, Gavin has no answer. They’re spending three weeks in Ben’s family cabin near Seattle, not chasing down bad guys. Or are they?

Ben finds evidence the car accident that claimed his parents’ lives more than fifteen years ago was not so accidental. To avenge the Haversons, Gavin dusts off his detective skills and unknowingly paints a target on their backs. Suddenly, Ben is the prime suspect in a crime and the message couldn’t be clearer: drop the investigation or suffer untold consequences.

Gavin will stop at nothing to ensure Ben’s safety and bring the Haversons’ killers to justice, but without help, they’re sitting ducks. Gavin must make unlikely allies in his quest to clear Ben’s name and stop a ruthless crime syndicate. But with his loyalties divided, how far is too far in his quest for justice?


Review: Gavin and Ben are back! This time, they are spending their honeymoon moving into Ben’s uncle’s seaside “cabin” which they purchased to keep in the family. As they get settled in, Ben has the opportunity to read through his mother’s journals, kept by Ben’s uncle after her death. Ben learns that his artist mother and his father may not have died an accidental death, as previously thought, but murdered after she got too involved pursuing a shady art dealer.

Ben and Gavin are determined to get to the bottom of the murder mystery, but aren’t having much luck. Before they know it, they are thrown into some trouble of their own when Ben is fingered for a recent art theft. Their mission turns twofold as they try to clear Ben, as well as continue the search for Ben’s parents’ killer. This leads them to notorious art thief, Leo. Thinking to catch Leo in an incriminating position, they end up using Leo to help with their endeavor. Leo, it turns out, has been trying to gather evidence of his own before he can make his big escape.

There seemed to be a lot more to Leo than met the eye, and I really wanted to see him find some happiness. Hopefully he will get that chance some day. But, back to our guys. They are just as strong and devoted together as ever, and we get a few intimate scenes that really show their level of trust. This time around, however, it is Ben who needs to lean on Gavin, as much as he loathes to do so. Gavin proves that a big part of his submission and devotion includes providing for Ben in all ways, not just in their scenes. Ben is understandably still having some lingering issues from some of the things they’ve been through, and I was happy to see they didn’t get fixed overnight.

While this didn’t have quite the intensity of some of the previous books, I loved that it went in a bit of a different direction giving these guys new challenges to face. They continue to be an amazing couple leaving me wanting more of them every time. This was definitely worth the wait, and I really hope we get to see more from them in the future.

Overall Impression: I loved it!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*



Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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