Saturday, April 22, 2017

Interview, Review & Giveaway - An Officer's Submission (Cuffs, Collars, and Love #4) by Christa Tomlinson

An Officer's Submission
Cuffs, Collars, and Love #4
Author: Christa Tomlinson
Publisher:  Self- Torlina Publishing
Release Date: March 15
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 67,000
Genre: Romance, erotic romance, contemporary, D/S, established couples

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“You don’t ever have to keep anything you feel locked up, Clay. I’m your Dom, and whatever you need from me, I’ll gladly give to you.”
- Sergeant Logan Pierce

Police Officer Clay Foster is finally at peace and happy with his life. He enjoys his career as a member of Houston’s SWAT team, and he loves submitting to his Dom in the bedroom. His life is perfect, until one cruel act destroys Clay’s bubble of happiness. Shattered trust forces Clay to reevaluate his career, his relationship, and himself.

Sergeant Logan Pierce is the leader of Houston’s elite SWAT team. On the force, he’s the best at what he does. In private, the most important thing in his life is taking care of his submissive, Clay. Clay is his whole world, and Logan will do whatever is necessary to keep him safe. Even if that means going up against Clay’s stubbornness in order to help him heal.

Can Logan and Clay work together to rebuild their happiness? Can they find their way back to the shared passion of Dominance and submission? Or will their love and relationship end before it’s truly begun? An Officer's Submission is Book Four in the Cuffs, Collars, and Love series. If you love romance that is epic, emotional and erotic, you’ll want to give this series a read!  



“It’s good to be back home.” 

Logan looked down at him with an eyebrow raised. “Home?” 

Clay snorted a laugh. As usual, they were at Logan’s house. When he thought about it, he realized he hadn’t been back to his apartment in weeks. In fact, his bags from their recent trip to Colorado were here at Logan’s. He hadn’t bothered to take them back to his place after their return. 

“If I’m in your space too much, I can throw all my stuff in the car and head back to my apartment,” he said as he pretended to pull away. 

Logan tightened his grip on his foot. “You’re not going anywhere.” 

Clay bit his lip to hold back a grin. “I didn’t think you wanted me to. But what I meant is, I feel good about life. That trip was awesome. I got to play in the snow, just like I wanted.” 

“And I got to warm you up when you were done.” 

“You did a very good job. You might have gotten me a little overheated a few times,” he teased. He wiggled his toes as Logan squeezed his foot again. “You and I are in a great place. And I think things are going to be better at work now too. We redid Hayden’s ridiculous course and passed with flying colors this time. I’m hoping the fact that we passed the redo means Hayden will get off our backs and quit fucking with our schedule.” 

“The team is gelling again. And we’re hoping Hayden will finally move on and give up on his pet project of tormenting our team. Anything else?” 

Clay shifted, looking at the TV instead of Logan. “What else is there?” 

“Are you still blaming yourself for that idiot making those fake calls to our team?” 

Clay pulled his feet off Logan’s lap for real this time and got up from the couch. “Why wouldn’t I blame myself? It was my fault.” 

“It wasn’t your fault. And I don’t like hearing you say that it was.” 

“C’mon, Sarge. You know that was on me.” Clay roughly ran a hand through his hair, turning his back on his lover. “If I hadn’t gone to that convention and went on camera bragging about how badass our team was, that whacko would have never taken it as a challenge to try and prove he was better than us.” He turned back around as Logan grabbed his hand and pulled him to stand in between his legs. 

“Maybe not. But maybe he would have taken his anger out in another way.” 

“What do you mean?” 

“You read the report Roberts put together on the guy. He was looking for revenge because he felt he’d been slighted too many times. What if he’d physically attacked the people he wanted revenge against? Someone or several someones could have been hurt. At least with the revenge tactics he chose, no one was. We managed to catch the idiot, and hopefully he’ll be granted some time to think about what he did.” 

“Are you forgetting he tried to kill me?” Clay saw a muscle tic in Logan’s jaw at the question, his hazel eyes going hard before he answered. 

“No, I’m not forgetting.” 

Clay tilted his head to the side as he studied his lover. “You know, I noticed that the perp seemed a little worse for wear before you got him loaded in the patrol car. Did you do anything to cause that?” 

“I’ll never let anyone hurt you.” 

Logan’s response was a non-answer, but it confirmed Clay’s suspicions. “I’m a cop. On occasion, I might get hurt. And you can’t go after people because of that.” 

“And you’re mine. Did you forget that?” 

Clay shook his head. “No, Sir.” 

“Come here.” Clay followed the gentle pull Logan gave his hand to drop down to the couch and straddle his lap. 

“You’re my lover. My submissive. It’s my right and my pleasure to protect you, always.” He brought a hand up, his thumb sliding across the metal collar that circled Clay’s neck. “I won’t let anything or anyone hurt you or take you away from me.” 

A thrill shot through Clay at that declaration. Logan’s unapologetic possessiveness had caused problems early on in their relationship, but they’d worked on it and come to an understanding on boundaries. Now, he was able to revel in Logan’s possessiveness and caring, because he knew it wouldn’t get out of hand. Clay pressed his forehead to Logan’s and closed his eyes. “I love when you talk to me like that.” 

Logan’s hand moved to grip the back of his neck. “Do you?” 

His eyes still closed, Clay nodded. 

“Tell me why.” 

“Because it makes me feel like the most important thing in your world. I’ve never felt like that with anyone.” 

“It’s true. You are the most important thing to me. Having you in my life, wearing my collar, means everything to me.” 

Clay opened his eyes and looked into his lover’s gaze, seeing the sincerity there. Not that he doubted him. Logan had proven time and time again how much he loved him. “I don’t deserve you, Sir. And I don’t do enough to show you how much I love you in return.” 

“You don’t have to do anything to deserve me. I’m with you because I don’t ever want to be with anyone else.” 

“Well, maybe I can show you what I feel tonight. Physically.”



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Talking with author Christa Tomlinson!

1. Briefly describe your writing process.
It all starts with a sparkly notebook. One of my quirks is to choose one that matches the tone of the story I’ll be writing. I write out a rough outline, then a detailed chapter outline. And of course character bios. From there I type a rough draft, let it sit for a few days, then go back and flesh it out. After that several rounds of editing.

2. How much research do you do when writing a story.
Lots! I’ve gone and sat in on BDSM lectures and been a respectful guest at a play party. I’ve talked on the phone for hours with an actual SWAT officer. I watch videos on YouTube on shooting for the Cuffs, Collars and Love books, motorcycle races for Bad Boys Need Love Too and wrestling for Showing Him the Ropes. And I go through endless pages on Google.

3. How do you give authentic voices to your characters?
I keep a character’s age, personality and where they’re from in mind when writing their dialogue and inner voice. That helps me to make sure they speak in a way that makes sense for them and keeps my characters from sounding the same.

4. If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
My first instinct is to say Clay because I adore how much Logan loves him. But I’m not a sub and I don’t think I’d like being a SWAT officer. I’d be too scared! So I pick Joseph from Bad Boys Need Love Too. Gage loves him to pieces and he gets his excitement from racing motorcycles. I can handle that.

5. If you could sequester yourself for a week somewhere and just focus on your writing, where would you go and what would the environment be like?
The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. I’d go to a lakeside resort in the fall, when the leaves are pretty colors and the weather is just cool enough to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate.

6. What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future?
I’m currently writing the next and probably last book in the Cuffs, Collars, and Love series. Officer Hector Castillo, the sniper from the team, is getting his own story next! I’ve already finished the rough draft and I’m planning for a June or July release. After that, I’ll be making a sub-genre shift. I’ve wanted to write historical fantasy for a long time now, and I’m in the planning stages for my first project. I’m very excited about it!

Thank you for having me on your blog today! I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my work and look forward to chatting with your readers. Readers, feel free to drop any questions you have for me in the comments. Have a wonderful week!


My Review:

I am a huge fan of this M/M BDSM romance series by Christa Tomlinson!  I was so looking forward to this 4th book and let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all.  I will point out that I believe that readers need to read the series in order to fully understand and enjoy this newest book.

Clay and Logan are back and their lives are thrown into a tailspin as their team goes through some changes.  Clay has a terrible experience and it is up to Logan to help him work his way out of his bad headspace.  With an amazing writing style and a beautiful yet emotional storyline, fans of well written M/M romance will not be disappointed with this story.  I am keeping this review short because I do not like to give spoilers but I am positive readers will enjoy this book!

I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars!


Meet the Author

Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Her first self-published novel, The Sergeant, was an Amazon Best Seller for Gay and Lesbian Erotica for seven weeks straight.

Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters' romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.

Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a retired roller derby player.  

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