“Those five months away. Where were you, mukka?” (Jack Harrison)
In the aftermath of Jack Harrison’s release from the psychiatric unit, Gray Raoul’s innate “born this bastard way” instinct is to brutally repay the one responsible for financing Jack and Jan’s torturous psychological reconditioning. But that person is a professional player in their own right, one who knows exactly how to manipulate everyone in Gray’s life. To help negotiate this delicate situation, Gray seeks to contract Trace and his ex-Diadem Dom, Gabriel Hunter. But the more Gray seems to regain control, the clearer it becomes that there’s something not quite right about Jan Richards.
As Jan’s world unravels, taking Jack and Gray with it and bringing out one particular deadly player, Gray’s left with one last defence: Break Jack down in order to partner up with Martin. But once freed, Martin’s out for retribution of his own, and he wants to get downright personal with Gray.
Complete trust between Master, sub, and lover, between Gray, Jack, and Jan - is about to be tested to the absolute limit.
"Have you been paying attention? I mean really paying attention? I’ll bet you thought you knew things. I’ll bet you thought you knew where this was going. You didn't." 5 stars, Attention is Arbitrary: Backlash
"For anyone who has followed this series you know how inarguably excruciating Antidote was. So here comes the shocker: Backlash is worse. Not in the same psychological aspect. More so in the overall personal, heartfelt tone of it. Like looking deep into someone’s soul. " Kimmer's
I’m not sure what to say about Jack L Pyke’s writing except that her mind must actually be a rather scary place. In Backlash she has brought together so many parts of the story, ones in which we would have never known held any relevance, and tied them all up to give us a very clever plot. I feel like I read the first three books partially blind, didn’t retain all of the important parts, and then had them all chucked back at me in this one. Honestly, the way it all comes together and is all intertwined is pure bloody genius
This book (and the entire series) continues to hold the spot at the tippy top of my all-time favorite list. If you love things on the darker side, love watching your characters go through hell and fight their way back, love highly emotional and gut-wrenching stories, you should move this series right to the top of your list. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would not hesitate to do so. -JustJen
Bringing Martin back - against all advice not to - was a pivotal point move. Even he doesn’t know what information he holds but wow… Jack Pyke you continue to wow me with such intricately placed and planned plots that just have me sitting back shaking my head with astonishment and AWE.
"I am used to picking up a book from Jack Pyke and mentally preparing myself for her unique brand of writing that in all honesty, is all consuming...and believe me, I have devoured each and every one her books, even though she twists a knife in my gut with words that cause me actual physical pain, truth I tell you, I’m left emotionally drained to the point of exhaustion, but at the same time exhilarated at the utter genius of her craft. She is without doubt the master of the ‘mind fuck’ and dark, erotic, psychological thriller within this genre and the Don’t series, is, in my humble opinion, an incredible example of how to get it right! ."
"Let me just say, my jaw dropped at the end of the book. I was sad and surprised (though I did manage a laugh as well), but it left me with hope – and not just the hope that Jack L. Pyke is furiously writing book 5 as we speak -- but the hope that these men have finally found the trust and comfort with each other that they need to move forward and become whole again. ."