Author: K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.
The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go….
Loved, loved, loved this story! Loved the main characters, loved the plot, loved the secondary characters, loved the setting, just plain old loved it!
I do enjoy this writing duo and their world of BDSM clubs, starting with Collars & Cuffs and continuing now with Secrets, so I immediately asked for this story for review. But somehow I didn’t realize that Rob Daniels is THE Rob Daniels, Alex Daniels’s brother (An Unlocked Heart), until I started reading and the light bulb went off. Within the first ten percent of the story, I was rooting for this young man, who was the principal antagonist and all-around PIA for Alex in the previous book and definitely a character I had disliked.
The authors did a wonderful job in sharing his personality development, his past, his life experiences and current circumstances, his family issues, and finally, his need to be loved and to be forgiven. Who better to help him with those issues than Vic Prentiss, Dom extraordinaire? Vic is everything I’d want in a Dom, and in fact, he’s quite different from any of the other Doms the authors have created in the past. He’s a big guy, muscular, tattooed, handsome, and with a bald pate—in short, quite attractive. But he’s also strong, compassionate, and has a wonderful sense of humor and tolerance for his boy’s mouthy, bratty comments. He’s the perfect Dom for Rob because he can guide the young man, be there for him, and choose the perfect discipline—especially once he discovers how well a form of sensory deprivation works on his boy—without fracturing Rob’s growing trust.
This is a long book but every word on every page is so necessary for the evolution of Rob’s persona and his and Vic’s D/s relationship. We are there to witness Vic’s guidance of Rob’s growth and renewal and share in the joy of Rob’s forgiveness of himself for past behaviors. We also bear witness to Rob’s eventual reunion with his father and with his brother, Alex. Of course, we get to see plenty of Jarod and Eli, two characters who I like more each time they are “on page.” Jarod’s mom is still present and spunky as ever, and both Wayne and Ellis, from book one in this series, Before You Break return for cameo appearances.
I honestly can’t begin to express fully how much I enjoyed turning every page of this book, and I could have gone on even if it was longer. I have to admit I didn’t enjoy the first book as much as this one, but the way the authors added to the initial foundation laid for the BDSM club, Secrets, by building a cadre of subs who will eventually be solid friends, similar to those at the Collars & Cuffs club, bodes well for future stories. We meet a few characters in this one who may show up in future books. Personally, I want to see Sam and Aaron get their chance at happiness in a future book. (Soon, please!)
I could go on, but suffice it to say, I highly recommend this book to lovers of MM romance, especially when there’s age gap or character redemption or a sub in training. It’s all good. There’s nothing more to add, except maybe to drop a hint that this would make a great holiday gift for a fellow MM romance lover.