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Series: The Dartmouth Cobras #6
on June 20, 2014
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, D/s, Erotic Romance, Polyamory
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Too many penalties may leave the goal vulnerable without the IRON CROSS.
After overcoming a potentially career-ending concussion, Tyler Vanek, Dartmouth Cobras first line forward, couldn’t be happier with his life. Until his boyhood hero-worship for Raif Zovko, a newly acquired player, develops into more. His mistress, ‘Chicklet’ encourages him to explore his feelings, and with her enjoyment of toying with the powerful Dom, Tyler figures it might be fun.
Laura Tallent, a dedicated officer with the Halifax PD, and Chicklet’s first sub, is tired of Tyler’s fun disrupting the structure of her world. Devotion to her mistress kept her silent for two years, but a horrible case and more proof that Tyler is the worst sub in existence has her wondering how much better life would be if he was someone else’s problem. Someone like Raif.
Raif won’t deny the lust he feels for Tyler, but he refuses to play games with a young man who’s questioning his sexuality—he won’t be an experimental phase for an unruly submissive. But when Laura draws him into a plan to remove Tyler from her poly relationship with Chicklet, his protective instincts take over. He partners with Chicklet to protect Tyler and dig deeper into the reasons behind Laura’s scheming. Chicklet clearly loves her boy, she won’t let him go. And before long, Raif realizes neither can he.
Blindsided by the discord in her household, Chicklet struggles to fulfill her subs’ needs as their careers throw challenges at them all. Control is slipping from her hands, but with Raif by her side, she prays her relationships can be saved. Salvaging the future means rebuilding with a new foundation. But the only way to make the base solid is for them all to work together. And with all the secrecy and lies, she has no idea where to start.
Have you ever read a book, and by the end of it you feel like whatever you say, whatever thoughts you want to share with the world, would just not do the book justice? This is how I feel now that I have finished Iron Cross by Bianca Sommerland. As a reviewer, I have been doing this for over a year, and I usually don’t have any trouble putting my thoughts in to words. With this series, and Iron Cross in particular, I want to pour my entire heart and soul in to this review. I have followed this series from the beginning, and Ms. Sommerland continues to blow my fucking mind with the realness she brings to her beautiful characters. These wonderfully complicated, amazing characters are almost tangible to me. When I read a Dartmouth Cobra book, I am 150% all in. I am there with them, laughing with them, crying with them. When authors create characters like this, they become a part of that author, a part of their family, and a part of that author’s heart and soul. I feel the same way as a reader. These people have become a part of my family, and every time I finish a book, it hurts to say goodbye. To reach a reader on such an emotional level, with the characters alone, is just unbelievably amazing to me. Bianca Sommerland is a brilliant author who I know will continue to do great things. She will continue to pull at our heart-strings. She will continue to make our breaths hitch. And she will continue to bring us some of the most erotic, emotional, sex scenes that I have ever read.
❝He could lean on her as much as he expected her to lean on him.❞
The main focus in Iron Cross is Tyler, Raif, Chicklet, and Laura. Ms. Sommerland takes us through the ups and downs of this unique relationship. We experience everything from how incredibly strong submissives can be, to how incredibly vulnerable Doms/Dommes can be. There is so much against these four: the ignorance of others, secrets, lies, complications. You are constantly trying to guess how this is going to end. Who all will be together? Will the secrets between them, tear them apart for good? With these main characters alone, Iron Cross was a very hot and exhilarating read.
But that’s not all! You get multiple stories in one in Iron Cross. The characters that you all know and fell in love with in previous books are back and having some serious issues of their own. Betrayal, deception, and hilarious shenanigans all make their way in to the story, and it arouses emotions that you’ve never would have thought to have for certain characters.
If you’ve read Bianca Sommerland’s work in the past, I don’t have to tell you how fantastically hot her sex and BDSM scenes are. There are scenes in here that I think, a year ago, I wouldn’t have gotten through, whether it was from graphic detail or the fact that it was a scene with way more than 2 people. I am so fucking happy that I have spread my wings and became more comfortable with these types of scenes. I have Bianca and a few other amazing authors that have helped me open my eyes to the possibilities of more, and for that I will always be grateful.
With a book this well written, and a series this complex and beautiful, I had no doubt in my mind that IRON CROSS would be a Top Pick for me. This is a story focusing on the power of love and forgiveness. It is a story about finding your own happiness in life no matter what anyone thinks. This isn’t your usual love story, but it is an incredibly love story nonetheless. I can only hope that you will fall hopelessly in love with these characters as much as I have.
Raif’s brow furrowed as he folded his arms over his chest. “Speak plainly, woman.”
Chicklet cocked her head. “The word maybe doesn’t translate well? I apologize. You won’t take him from me, man. But I’m surprised you’d let him go so easily.”
Raif sighed and whispered something to the ceiling. Then he laughed and met her eyes. “If you give me the opening, Chicklet, no. I won’t let him go. But consider this your last chance.”
She chuckled, reaching out to grab his wrist and pull him back down to sit beside her. Then she climbed onto him, straddling his lap and raking her fingers into his hair. “Maybe he was just bait, Raif. Maybe I let you have a taste of him so I could have you exactly where I want you.”
Slipping his hands around her waist, Raif pulled her into him until she could feel his dick, nice and hard, pressing against her through her jeans and his pants. She smiled as she leaned in to kiss him hard enough to bruise both their lips.
“Uh…maybe we should stay in the kitchen?” Tyler’s voice broke through the lust-filled haze, but Chicklet took her time before lifting her head. Both her subs were probably trying to figure out what to make of what they’d just walked in on.
They’d both had their fun with Raif while she was gone. So her guilt was null. She spoke with her lips against Raif’s. “I think they should stay here, don’t you?”
“Mmm.” Raif slid his lips down to her throat. Sucked lightly before murmuring. “Let them watch.”
“I’d rather watch. To a point.” She slipped her hand between them to rub Raif’s erection through his pants. “You’re not hard enough for me. Have you enjoyed our boy’s hot mouth yet?”
Raif cupped her cheek, his eyes hooded as he nodded. “I have. You’d be proud of how well he performed.”
“I might not be as easily impressed as you are.” She moved to sit beside Raif, then crooked her finger at Tyler. “Put the coffee on the table, boy. Kneel right there.”
Tyler spilled some of the coffee over his hands, but after he’d set the coffee mugs down, he quickly dried his hands on his pajama pants and knelt where she’d told him to, right between Raif’s knees.
With practiced ease, Chicklet undid Raif’s pants and pulled out his long, thick dick, stroking the soft, smooth length while watching Tyler’s face. He looked nervous and turned on all at once. She might’ve guessed the second he decided to go for it with Raif, there’d be nothing off limits. But he probably wasn’t sure about “performing” in front of her and Laura.
And she’d have none of that. She put two fingers under his chin. “I want to share a little secret with you, my angel. When I’m all alone, without my pets to pleasure me, I enjoy watching gay porn. Sometimes woman on woman, but they never live up to what I can do myself. But two men? That’s fucking hot.” She pressed her thumb to his bottom lip, growing wet already just picturing him taking Raif’s dick deep into that sweet mouth. “I want the two of you to ruin the last bit of porn I like, make it pathetic compared to just closing my eyes and picturing you on your knees for Raif. Nothing I’ve made you do has ever been this depraved, has it?” She smiled when he shook his head, not enough to move away from her fingers, but enough for her to feel it. “I’m just getting started, boy.”
Tyler opened his mouth wider to circle her thumb with his tongue, the edges of his lips curving as he glanced from her to Raif. Naughty, naughty boy. He wouldn’t tell her it was okay, but he’d been clear enough. She moved her hand from his face and fisted the other in his hair.
Raif’s hand covered the one she had in Tyler’s hair, and he made a low sound of pleasure as Tyler’s lips wrapped around the head of his cock. Together they held Tyler down, letting him up so very slowly. He shifted a little as he tried to adapt to the lack of air. Chicklet slid her hand to his cheek as Raif tugged him up. He gasped, his lips glistening with saliva, his eyes already glazed as he released every ounce of control to them.
THE DARTMOUTH COBRAS SERIES BY BIANCA SOMMERLAND