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Prequel to Don’t 5: Psychopaths & Sinners

“You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?”

Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest cruelties are about to catch the eye of the Wraith, someone who’s been brought up to play professionally in the shadows. For Ash, beauty and rage aren’t the kind of sins to win him any favours anymore. Life and lessons of the heart never did come easy, especially when they’re about to walk in off the darkened streets, bringing bloodied footprints in their wake. (M/M)

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Publication Date: March 20, 2018
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Prequel to Don’t 5: Psychopaths & Sinners “You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?” Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest … Continue reading “Ash”

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  1. Trio
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I’m caught somewhere between stunned speechless and flying a hundred miles an hour. Ash, the latest installment in Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t… series, completely blew my mind. As fans of the this series are well aware – expect everything – and you won’t be disappointed. This one has it all with complex, multi-layered characters, a deeply twisted mystery, and a little hot, dirty sex; all wrapped up in Pyke’s unique and eloquent prose. Ash is a rush!

    Don’t even think of picking this one up unless you’ve read the other books in this series. While this story could stand alone and the characters in Ash are new, it is still part of the Don’t… world. In the Author’s Note we are promised this story segues into the next novel, Don’t… 5: Psychopaths & Sinners, which picks up where we left off with Jan, Gray, and not Jack but Martin (YAY Martin!). Pike explains that the characters and the story in Ash are woven into the next two novels and promises it to be a dark and exciting ride.

    One of my favorite aspects of the Don’t… series are the dark psychological twists and turns it takes. The characters skirt the border between reality and whatever damage is going on in their heads, and when they interact the result is messy and downright scary as hell. There’s no way of knowing how it’s going to come back into play and impact the story, but you can bet it will.

    Jack L. Pyke delves deep into the psyche of these characters, making them so human. It’s chilling how even the most remorseless and sadistic bastards from this series have something to redeem them. The darkness obvious on the surface blurs with fractured moments of compassion; or a glimpse of a tender memory gives us something we can relate to, in even the most twisted character.

    Primarily the story of Ash, this young man has a rough life. With no prospects for the future and some very dark memories from the past, the person he shows the world is hard and angry. He’s learned to be cynical and he even dwells on it, “The fuck over always came, especially from good men.” The hurt and disillusionment comes through loud and clear, so Ash grabs his pleasure where and when he can, consequences be damned.

    I found the character of Raif so intriguing. His need to serve, to care for and fix people, is so much a part of who he is it’s no surprise he’s drawn to Ash’s damage. We get a few hints about Raif’s lifestyle and it raises intriguing possibilities in the future for these two, but for now Raif is closing off that part of himself to Ash. I’m going to enjoy finding out why they met, after all there’s no such thing as a coincidence in a Jack L. Pyke novel.

    There are so many possibilities for what’s coming up next for these guys I hated for Ash, the book, to end. I can’t wait to see how Jack L. Pyke weaves this story into what’s going on with the rest of the characters from this series. I don’t know how I’m going to make it till the release of Don’t… 5, it can’t get here quick enough!

  2. Kimmers
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Let’s clear the air up front: For fans of Jack, Jan and Gray, they don’t appear in ‘Ash’, the prequel to Don’t… 5. In Pyke’s own words they aren’t even going to be the “focus” of the upcoming ‘Psychopaths & Sinners’. Okay, okay… don’t run for the hills screaming. Those who follow the series know Jack L. Pyke’s talent has no bounds when setting up the Don’t… world. And I’m here to tell you, where these new characters are about to take this dark web of intrigue is her own special brand of mind-fuckery.

    ‘Ash’ was first published as the short story, ‘Original Sin’. As Pyke indicates, she wanted to bring the character Raif into the Don’t… fold and has expanded the original with updated scenes… and more! Which means this edition cannot be read as a standalone. I honestly didn’t read the first version but I must say this has everything I love from her, including the feel of just how important these characters are going to be to the overall series.

    You’re either going to love or hate Ash, the person. He has to be one of Pyke’s hardest characters to get a bead on. But as each layer is revealed, you see within his hurt and you know there’s so much more to be uncovered. His escape from pain is a bond he shares with his two childhood friends, Chase and Johnny… and the games Ash and Chase play together.

    Oh, the way Pyke describes the dynamics of the play and manipulation… is eerie. Even the direct and blunt way Ash and Chase speak, make eye contact – like it is the most normal thing – makes it that much more gritty. It’s bitterly sad, because even as it helps Ash burn the pain, it’s also creating more hurt for him deep down.

    The arrival of Raif on scene and the dark mystery surrounding who he is, what he does, who he might be working for… and just what draws Ash to him like a moth to a flame, makes their slow-burning need for one another that much more compelling.

    Pyke’s set-up of Ash’s background and his exploits also sets the stage for the brutal lover he is, priming her readers for just how much what he ultimately gives to Raif, means.

    Two lost souls learning to trust. One who doesn’t run but lingers, because deep down he wants the love but fears the “fuck over” that comes from all good men. The other a man who has lost a world but sees a young heart deserving of so much he wants to give.

    Everything Jack writes allows her readers inside her characters’ minds and slowly reveals the complexity of their world, their circumstances. It takes a keen reader to read between the lines of Pyke’s complex subtleties in ‘Ash’.

    The building intensity between Ash and Raif is a game of mental foreplay like no other, with the anticipation and sexual tension sparking! The fact that Raif is showing Ash the respect he deserves, secretly longs for, makes it that much hotter. And when Raif says, “’This you-me bullshit. Someone needs to take the lead here,”… you know! With so few words, and some hidden meaning within the ones they do speak, you can feel the trust grow. As Ash begins to listen to his mind instead of giving his body all the control, you feel the change coming, and it’s delicious. The way Ash learns to feel, to care – surprises not only the reader, but himself.

    With ‘Ash’, Jack L. Pyke weaves complexities and intertwines her Don’t… world as only she can. Building up an air of mystery and intrigue that leaves us wondering how Jack, Gray and Jan fit into what’s unfolding – oh, but we know they do! You can feel this troubled young man, the stranger shrouded in secret, and the mysterious murder drawing them into the fold….. And God, with an ending that leaves your heart crying for more, you hope ‘Psychopaths & Sinners’ is published damn soon!

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