*I received a free copy of Pierced from Science Future Press via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Pierced by J. A. Huss, Johnathan McClain
Series: Tall Dark and Handsome #2
Published by Science Future Press Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
I’m a just an erotic woman who likes control.
And edgy sex.
And hard men.
At the same time.
So starting an outreach class at the TDH community center to teach other women how to put the dom in dominatrix was inevitable. Even if I was only doing it to use my boss, Pierce, as my submissive example and pay him back for humiliating me in front of the whole world last summer.
I regret what I did to Myrtle. She’s the best assistant I’ve ever had and I’ll play along—for now—because I want to make things right. But... come on. Me? A submissive? Ha. Myrtle Rothschild might have the upper hand at the moment… but I’m bringing my A-game. I’m gonna take back control.
She can wear her hot, thigh-high latex boots. She can crack that whip all she wants. Hell, I’ll even let her leave marks.
But I’m about to school Ms. Rothschild in the art of who’s the boss.
And she’s about to get Pierce-d.
To say I was anxious for Pierced, Pierce and Myrtle’s story, would be an understatement. I wanted to know more about them both but mostly I wanted to watch and laugh as Pierce tried to dig himself out of the mess he’d created with Myrtle. And while he definitely buried himself deeper before he managed to dig himself out, I rather enjoyed the process and seeing Myrtle get Pierced. 😉
LOL, Pierce made me laugh so hard. Especially with the way he tried to apologize, and ehem, ‘lower’ himself so that he’d have another chance with Myrtle. And I loved how their friends knew better than them what was going on with their relationship 😀
Pierce. Wow. I kept asking myself, “could he really be that self-absorbed?” The answer was, “Yes. Yes, he absolutely could be.” And he was except where Myrtle was concerned. However, despite the fact he cared about her and would do anything to make things right again between them, it seemed he know her as well as he might think. How did you feel about the disconnect in how Pierce felt about Myrtle and that although he knew her, he didn’t really know her?
He truly could be that self-absorbed. I think he was just used to looking out for only himself. I chuckled – loudly! – when he tried to figure out Andrew’s middle name, for example. And you’re right, he didn’t really know Myrtle. Then again – I don’t think anyone really did. Including Myrtle herself.
I related to Myrtle and her incarnations. The idea of starting over with a blank slate, reinventing yourself, is appealing to me. You mentioned being annoyed with her re-creations because she didn’t take the time to figure out who she was before deciding who she wanted to be. I can agree with you on that but I also feel like finding out who you are is a journey and that Myrtle went through quite a bit of self-discovery while getting Pierced. Do you agree? And do you think she finally found the version of herself that is true?
I could totally understand wanting to start over with a blank sheet of paper – it’s just that she did it so drastically. Without really figuring out who she was, what she wanted in life, and how she could weave the different versions of herself into a whole being. The journey she went on in Pierced definitely was a good one, though, but I think I still enjoyed her a tiny bit less than you did. I absolutely loved the introduction of the circus to this storyline, though. It just fit in a way.
Pierced, in my opinion, conveyed a lot of character growth. Myrtle wasn’t the only one to learn about who she was and who she wanted to be. Pierce has spent most of his life trying to earn his father’s approval and love. He did this by emulating his father in many ways and it kept him from forming close bonds with most people. It’s a wonder he’s so close with Andrew. Do you think he finally realized the error of his ways?
I agree. Both Pierce and Myrtle grew a lot. And I think they both needed it. I think the reason he’s so close with Andrew is thanks to Andrew. And he’s very lucky his friend never gave up on him – but rather saw something good in Pierce. Even when there might not be all that much good to see. That’s true friendship, you know? I think that finally realizing that he was better as his own man, not trying to be his dad, was a revelation for Pierce. And it was beautiful to watch him grow. (OK, it was also funny – because his inner dialogue was hilarious!)
Huss and McClain definitely illustrated how our upbringings color who we become through Pierce and Myrtle. How did you feel about the things we learned about their childhoods. Do you think the way they both approached relationships made sense considering their backgrounds?
Yeah, how we grow up, and how we are treated as children definitely shapes a lot of who we are (and how we react to life) as adults. And I think the way they approached relationships of every kind was rather logical. Once bitten, twice shy and all that. Plus, if you lose your self confidence, it’s so hard to find it again. And setbacks are not easy to deal with.
Wow. My questions thus far make it seem as though Pierced was deep. And while it was, there were absolutely many moments of levity…usually when Pierce was sticking his foot in it! LOL I certainly enjoyed the lighter moments. Anastasia? Bryce? Tigers? Melted wax? The party? Are you convinced Huss and McClain can do rom-com?
It was a very deep story. Of course, it was also a very funny story. And the tigers *LOL* the party *LOL* like, really? I am 100% convinced Huss and McClain can do rom-com, and they can do it right! Pierced was both hot and tender, deep, funny, and with some inside humor. I loved it!