College freshman Shane Hahn finds himself unexpectedly shuffled to a new dorm room–which is fine by him, but his over-involved mother takes one look at toothpick-chewing, motorcycle-riding Derek McClain, his new roommate, and gets on the phone with the school. The school requires that Shane be the one to file the room-change paperwork, but Shane’s reluctant.
He’s attracted to Derek’s independence, even though that independence means Derek has to pay his own way through college, which he does by making leather products (you know: belts, wallets…bondage gear) and selling it online. Shane isn’t even allowed to work while he’s in school, much less join a band, which is what he really wants to do with his life. Unfortunately, his parents are holding his guitar hostage until he can prove he’s taking his future seriously.
When he decides he needs a way to come up with cash–the kind his parents won’t find out about–so he can buy a guitar his parents can’t take away from him, he turns to Derek with what sounds like a win-win solution: he’ll model bondage gear for Derek’s online store photos, Derek will get more sales, and Shane will get a cut. The one thing he doesn’t factor into his plan is the giddy stomach-flip feeling Derek McClain causes whenever he walks in the room–and what that might mean for them when Derek starts locking leather cuffs on his wrists.
Swoon. Mother.Fucking.Swoon. I wish I could go back in time, and not have read this… so that I could read it again for the first time. I don’t even really know what to say.
I liked Shane’s voice, I enjoyed watching him slowly start to notice his roommate, and I loved watching them develop a friendship. I loved Shane’s discomfort with how much he enjoyed wearing the bondage gear, and was giddy with joy when they seamlessly and angstlessly flowed from a kiss to lovers to partners. I loved Derek’s confidence and lack of over-analyzing. “He shrugs, “it is what it is.” Damn right!
I hated Shane’s parents. I hated that you can love someone even when they are horrible. I got frustrated with Shane’s lack of backbone and immaturity with allowing his mom to goad him into getting upset so he then had to apologize. I got annoyed with him for not taking more initiative to get a job and become more financially independent.
I loved the sex. And the lack of sex.Although, there was a lot of sex. I loved the pace and the realistic progression of their relationship. I loved the ending. And I hated the ending. I want a pretty bow and for everything to be perfect. But he has his boy and he has his guitar, and everything is perfect.
I’m gushing. I can’t even. Read this book. Good-bye.