Review: Callback by Katana Collins
Heather's 5 Star Review - Goods Reads Review Link
This review is probably the most disjointed and crazy review I’ve ever written but I love this book so much, so just go with me here!
Sexy and sassy! Jude and Marlena will leave an indelible mark on your heart! ~ Heather, White Hot Reads
”Until we know our greatest weakness, we’ll never know our greatest strength.” <— AMEN
This line (and so many others) stick with me after reading Callback. It’s an emotional read, full of depth and exploration. It’s not just about what we think of in a BDSM relationship - lots of sex - it’s about so much more!
“BDSM is about control. It’s about the power dynamic between two people. It’s sexual in nature … but it’s not always about sex.”
Marly is fun and fabulous. She has her quirks that make her identifiable and relatable. Jude is super hot, yet flawed and scared. He’s real. Together they are an explosive pair who learn so much about each other and what they need - on all fronts.
My heart exploded from the feels in this book.
My body was on fire with the intense connection and moments that they experienced.
My mind was held captive by the connection and laughs.
Thank you Katana Collins for your words. I felt like I was part of Jude and Marlena’s story - without being creepy.
Misty's 5 Star Review ~ Good Review Link
"Not what I expected, in a good way." ~Misty, White Hot Reads
I thought in the beginning I would for sure be giving this book 5 stars but then something happened. I can't pinpoint exactly what but it's still a pretty great read. I haven't read a BDSM book in awhile due to various reasons so I was a bit hesitant going in this one but came out pleasantly surprised by the end. It wasn't all about the physical aspect of the lifestyle that so many books focus on but more of the emotional and psychological connection the characters have to engage in that had me hooked. It gave me so much more understanding of this world and maybe even why people enjoy it. The scenes were hot, the characters engaged and the story flowed pretty seamlessly keeping me engaged.
I loved Poppy. Due to the plight of the Hollywood life her confidence and reputation had been rocked but she really grew into herself throughout this book. Although from the very beginning you could tell she what side of the coin she would be on in the lifestyle she was still pretty strong and vocal about her feelings and questioned everything. Trust was hard for her but watching her find the strength to hand over control to someone who could ultimately destroy but you found only wanted her happiness was pretty powerful to be a part of.
Jude has his own demons so knowing Poppy was rocking his world from the very beginning was intriguing and I wondered how things would play out. There were so many things working against his true feelings and his the control he had over his emotions was almost mesmerizing. By the end of the book he was truly the one I was rooting for. I needed him to be healed and able to love again.
Finishing this book made me a bit sad but I have to say I think I am a bit more intrigued by Ash's story after meeting him in this book so I will be patiently waiting to read his story. Don't miss out on this book. It was a great start to what I have a feeling will be a great series.
Callback is erotic, sexual and sensual. Lana @White Hot Reads.
This was my first book by Katana Collins and I absolutely loved it.
Katana makes you feel like you are in the room with Jude and Marlena while he is teaching her the world of BDSM. BDSM is not just about sex but the control. The passion that they expel for each other is breathtaking. I cant wait for the next book in this series
Elizabeth 5 Star Review ~ Good Reads Review Link
Callback is my first book from Katana Collins and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Elizabeth @ White Hot Reads
Callback was not your typical BDSM novel. This had a different type of story line, this story has two method actors, one whom had to study BDSM and finds she is definitely had a submissive side that she wants to explore. This story line was fantastic, fresh and HOT!!!!!
Ashley's 5 Star Review - Good Reads Review Link
Sexy with a WOW factor that I can’t explain! A love story with so much more. Ashley @ White Hot Reads
I am finding lots of new authors this year and this is one of them. This will not be my last book by Katana. Katana made me fall hard for both Jude and Marley and I did not want to put the book down. Not only did I love the story but I learned more about the BDSM world. Learning from the characters about how the BDSM world is not just about the sex but about the control. The pull to loving these charters and pulling for their relationship is what kept me reading. I didn’t want this book to end! This book is not just about the BDSM but a true love story that shows how two people will react to all the trials and tribulations that are thrown at them.
I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
I swallowed, my stomach tight and crossed my legs to relieve the ache at the apex of my thighs. Then, I placed the other half of the caramel in my mouth, sucking the melted chocolate from my thumb, rolling my tongue over the tip of my finger, imagining it was the tip of Jude’s cock. As the caramel dripped down my throat, thick and creamy, my mind exploded with imagery of Jude and caramel drizzled on various parts of his body.
A moan escaped from somewhere low in my throat. The guttural sound unlike any noise I’d heard myself make in the past and my eyes shot open. Did anyone hear that? My face burned and I scanned the room, looking for anyone who might be watching me; laughing at me. No one looked my direction.
Most bodies were still writhing on the dance floor. Or at the bar ordering. Omar was just to the side of the dance floor, facing the opposite wall talking on his phone.
What is wrong with me? This was a chocolate covered caramel for God’s sake. Not a vibrator. Not porn. Not a sexy romance novel.... One single piece of candy and I was so damned hot, I was considering rushing home to have a little quality time with my battery-operated boyfriend.
My gaze settled back onto the nearly full box of caramels beside the peonies. I wanted another. Wanted more of what I’d just had. But Jude had specifically said only one more for tonight. Heat curled around my spine and I clutched my hands together. If I was a submissive, following this rule would be part of what made it sexy. And if I was being completely honest with myself, it was sexy.
Knowing he was at home, turned on, thinking about me. And knowing I made him happy. The disease to please, my dad called it. But no, it was more than just that. Maybe it was the delayed gratification Jude had mentioned. The fact that this was the only chocolate I was having tonight and so I anticipated it. Waited for it, longing for it. Nervous for it. And it made the caramel so, so much better. Jude’s pleasure was only part of that.
Dipping my hand into my bag, I pulled out Jude’s business card, running my finger along the cornered edge of the paper. Then, grabbing my phone, I punched in his number, texting him.
I’ll see you tomorrow at Daisy’s. My mind was made up. Whatever that was I had just experienced? I wanted more of it. Needed more of it. For research, yes. But also for myself. That intense moment of pleasure was unlike anything I’d had before. My phone buzzed in my palm.
So, it was good then?
Good didn’t even cover it. I swallowed, my thumbs tapping the keys. It was the best salted caramel of my life. How was yours?
If I closed my eyes, I could almost hear his low rumbled chuckle. Could almost smell his earthy, spicy scent.
I loved every second of it. And I love it even more knowing you enjoyed the experiment, too.
The experiment. Was that all I was? Some sort of twisted BDSM Pygmalion?
It didn’t matter. The point was, I wanted this part. And it was clear I had a lot to learn about this lifestyle—about Jude’s lifestyle—despite the hours I’d spent Googling and on FetLife. Three little dots appeared above Jude’s name. He was typing more.
You did a great job tonight. Have fun, be sure to drink some water and take a Tylenol before bed.
“I was wondering what was taking so long.” Omar’s voice boomed above me and I jumped, startled, clutching the phone tighter. He laughed. “I should have guessed you dug back into those caramels. I’ll go get us the next round.”
He turned toward the bar.
“And a water,” I blurted out, my eyes falling to Jude’s text. “Please.”
“Water and a bourbon coming up,” Omar said, walking away.
I sighed, leaning back and slid the phone into my purse. If I was going to try this submissive thing for a week, I was going all in. Except for sex. Which, based on how turned on I got from one damned chocolate, might be harder than I thought.
When Katana Collins was younger and stole her mother’s Harlequins to read beneath the covers with a flashlight, she wanted to read about the tough as nails heroine. The perfectly imperfect girl with quirks and attitude and sass. And the anti-heroes who were anything but “Prince Charming.” Forget the knight on a white horse… she wanted the bad boy on a motorcycle.
So, now, she writes those romance novels she craved to see on the shelves all those years ago—the sassy heroines. The badass heroes. Since penning her first romance novel back in 2012, she is now an international author with 15 published books and counting.
She lives in Portland, Maine, with an ever-growing brood of rescue animals: a kind of mean cat, a really doofy lab, a very mellow chihuahua, and a very not mellow cairn terrier puppy... oh yeah, there's a husband somewhere in that mix, too. She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.