Razor by K. B. Cutter and Margie Church
Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5
Amy and Bryce don’t live the Dominant/submissive lifestyle, but Bryce acts every bit the Dom in the bedroom. And Amy’s had enough. Enlisting her best friend’s help is a drastic move. Will inviting Raine into her marriage destroy it? How will she cope when Bryce and Raine become intimate?
Though Bryce doubts he’ll ever become a switch, he’s determined to make Amy happy. Months later, he struggles to keep an emotional distance from Raine. His journey of self-awareness is anything but predictable or vanilla.
After only a few scenes with Bryce, Raine’s roles as Domme and best friend blur. Her ideals about love and marriage shift. She questions her own motives at every turn. Can she get out of this relationship triangle unscathed?
Three people with different motives come together to form a very contemporary relationship. Who will get what they want, and who will be forever changed?
Razor gives a unique look at the start of a triad relationship and the joy and difficulties that come along with it. Amy and Bryce have a strong marriage and a solid commitment to each other, introducing Raine into the equation means things have to change. It is nice to see this type of relationship start with a couple and then evolve rather than the usual three people falling into to at the same time.
Amy and Bryce have a somewhat vanilla relationship even though Bryce is a typical alpha male and exerts some dominance in their relationship. Now, Amy wants a little control and needs Bryce to give some of it up. Unsure how to do this, Amy enlists a little help from her friend and dominant Raine. Raine cares for her best friend a great deal, and when Amy asks for help she can’t deny her. But then the lines become blurred between friendship, sex, and love. Now, all three of them have to figure out how they move forward. Raine is an interesting character because she is very contradictory. Raine takes Bryce under her wing and attempts to teach him to lose control.
Razor let’s the readers take a peek at adding a third person to a successful relationship and work to make the triad successful as well. That is successfully done. The issues of jealousy are somewhat explored, the ability to love more than one person is presented well and the different possible roles of each person is slightly defined.
There were a few let down’s with Razor that may be resolved in upcoming books in this series, provided they have the same characters. While there is some BDSM introduced, the characters seem to be fighting their natural instincts for which role they are likely to assume. Bryce is a dominant that from what little we see seems to be good at it with a little refinement he’d be excellent. But Amy wants him to let go and do things her way so he tries – and he stinks at being submissive on a few levels. Amy seems naturally submissive but wants to take control, yet her fantasies/internal thoughts seem to lead to giving up control. Raine, well Raine is complicated. She is a good dominant, but has more submissive tendencies than those with less experience can see. All of these contradictions made it hard to feel any deep attachment to the characters because they left me feeling confused. Now, they could all be switches or just haven’t found the right place for each of them in this triad. We won’t know until future books come out and we learn some more about them.
There was one other problem I had that I have to bring up just in case. While the copy I have does not state that it is an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) I am reviewing this as if it is because the grammatical and spelling errors in my copy are atrocious and I know that can affect the enjoyment of the story.
Overall, I would recommend Razor for it’s unique development and emotional moments. Razor is especially recommended if you are curious or interested in how a triad relationship could work when two people have years together and bring in the third. I am looking forward to seeing what Margie Church and K.B. Cutter come up with next.
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