Friday, June 30, 2017

Review:The Cartographer (The Compass series Book 6) by Tamsen Parker

Reyes Walter is the man who engineers everyone’s happiness, and he’s never wanted anything else. He’s got a lucrative job as sovereign of the kink world, and he delights in playing puppet master for those under his purview…which is everyone.
Allie Hart has got his hands full trying to find a job and being there for his sister and her kids. Loyal to the bone, he’s not looking for anything to get in the way of his obligations.

When a chance encounter throws Allie into the wide swath of Rey’s concern, Rey resolves to play the hero as usual, and Allie is determined to tell him where to stick it. The last thing Allie needs is some rich know-it-all treating him like a damsel in distress.

But the attraction between them leads to more than a back-alley tryst—although not anywhere close to for-keeps. All of Rey’s previous lovers have been polished up and paired off with someone more suitable. After all, there’s always someone in need, and Rey vowed a long time ago not to let anything or anyone come between him and his responsibilities. But Allie Hart may be the one gift 

 he’s tempted to keep for himself.

What I thought about The Cartographer

 Fans of this series have been waiting for Rey's story -- after all, he's the guy who always knows how to "fix" things for other people.  Oh, and a kink-master, too.  That's his specialty.

By chance, Rey meets Allie Hart and they hit it off right away. Allie isn't looking for favors or handouts, and that messes with Rey's head. The reader gets a very intimate look into Rey and how he feels -- the book is entirely in his first person point of view.  Sometimes it was a little much and made me cringe a bit. There was a lot about this book that I didn't expect, and that made it an interesting reading experience.

There's lots of heat between Rey and Allie, and there are some nice moments in between the hot stuff in the dungeon and kink parties. But this is really is Rey's story, and his struggle to really look at his own needs instead of just looking at others. I love that he gets some help from characters in previous books in the series. 

I can't say this is my favorite book in the series, mostly because I just didn't connect with Rey. I did love the San Francisco / Oakland setting, and there was a nice cast of secondary characters. I'd love to know more about Matthew and Allie was very likable. And can I say that cover is outstanding...I just want to get lost in it. 

So overall, a mixed experience for me on The Cartographer. It's one of those books that got under my skin though, and that makes me eager for the next title from this author. 

An ARC was provided for review. 

About Tamsen Parker


Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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