ARC Review: The Cartographer by Tamsen Parker

Title: The Cartographer
Author: Tamsen Parker
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 6 of 6 from The Compass series
POV: First Person – Male
expected Publication: June 26, 2017


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 everyone 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’s resolved to play the hero as usual, and Allie’s 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.

The attraction between them leads to more than a back alley tryst, but not anywhere close to for-keeps. Any lovers Rey’s had 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.


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Reyes (Rey) Walter had a knack for making people happy. As a kink master, he was very receptive of others’ needs and he used that skill to help his clients find compatible partners. However, he refused to let his own needs get in the way.

Allie Hart took his responsibilities seriously. With A family that needed him, he worked hard to make it work. Rey’s presence in his life proved to be a much needed distraction. But as things progressed, they realized things might not be as simple as it seemed.

I’ve always been intrigued by Rey since he was first introduced in the series. I’m glad to finally get his story.

I can’t even fathom the other side, but god bless masochists. I’d just be a monster without them. With them, though, I get to be a teacher, a mentor, a patient and thorough instructor.

As a Dom, Rey was subtly commanding. I like how he cared for the important people in his life, often putting their needs before his own.

It’s not easy for him to come to me like this, and I understand more now why. Because where he’s from, being gay was bad enough, but bottoming had to have been a thousand times worse.

I like how Allie opened up to new experience even though he was not entirely convinced in the beginning. He was a proud man and I like how he challenged Rey from time to time.

For most of the book, I was thinking this book felt more of Allie’s story than of Rey’s. Rey was the Yoda of this series – an important character – but the essence of who he was only revealed towards the end. Also I’d love to see more elaborate resolution of their issues. With that said, I like both of them individually and as a couple.

He can flirt and dance with whomever he likes, but I want to know the second I snap my fingers, he’d be at my feet and willing to give me anything I asked for.

The Cartographer is a story of two individuals opening up to a new experience. It would appeal to readers looking for M/M kinky romance.

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This review is also available on Goodreads.


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Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, 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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