Mary Reviews: Safe Limits by Morticia Knight (Kiss of Leather Book 2)

Blurb:
The men from Kiss of Leather gather together to rescue a terrified young sub. But it’s Master Derek who wants to keep him for good.

Master Gavin and his boy, Kyle are celebrating their newly established bond when Master Josh calls requesting their help. Josh’s sub, David, needs the men to help his best friend from childhood while they’re away at a BDSM convention in San Francisco.

Corey ran away from his Master after a horrible scene, but he blames himself for everything that happened. No Master would ever want him if they were to find out what he did. Corey’s not sure if he’ll ever feel safe enough to give himself to a Master again anyway, even if all he’s ever wanted was to belong to somebody.

Master Derek agrees to watch over Corey until Josh and David return from the convention. All he needs is another pretty twink messing with his head and his heart, so the older, growly bear of a man determines to keep his distance. But when Corey wakes up screaming after a devastating nightmare, Derek is more drawn than ever to the young sub – the need to keep Corey safe from whatever or whoever has hurt him becoming his main priority.

Kyle and Corey develop a friendship when Corey assists Kyle in the dungeon furniture workshop. Kyle has his own fears – the ones that make him feel he’s broken because of the things he desires to do with Gavin. Through helping Kyle, and receiving his own help through Derek, Corey decides he’s ready to let go of the demons from his past and move forward into a new life.

Now if Corey can only get Derek to believe that he’s ready – and to finally do something about it.

Review:
Lets start with: This is the second book of the Kiss of Leather Series and is NOT a standalone. That’s what the blurb said and I agree. I went out and bought the first one and read it before starting this. It has BDSM as a theme and it showcases good and bad D/s play. It deals with this in an appropriate and supportive way and Morticia Knight shows that she has a good understanding of how to properly write BDSM.

The entire premise of this particular story is communication and consent. The ability of the sub to trust enough to submit to someone who is more often that not stronger and definitely in a position that the power they are entrusted with could be abused. AND the trust that the Dom must have that this person knows enough and trusts themselves enough to call stop or slow. But as in all things unless you are lucky enough to get a good teacher or fall in with the right people then things can get skewed.

Derek is gorgeous, gotta love a bear! Well at least I do. He is a Dom with a string of motorcycle shops and a third owner in Kiss of Leather, and unlike his two best friends he does not want to be in a 24/7 D/s relationship. Yes he is bossy, gruff, stubborn, and domineering and all that, but dealing with Corey, he is gentle and understanding, caring and patient.

The two of them are perfectly suited, and the slow burn that they, of necessity, go through, adds that element to this story of edging our pleasure. We are there wanting these two to get together and sort out their respective hang-ups. Although hang-ups could be too blasé a term. When they do finally get together it is steamy and hot and just right.

The returning cast of the series add to their story and we keep in contact with them, learning more and updating on where they are but always without taking away from the two MC’s, as it should be. A really enjoyable read and responsible handling of a subject that many get wrong, with sexy goodness and a motorbike ride all rolled together.
Stars:
Four and a half

Excerpt:
Derek was not one to live with mystery – especially with someone under his roof. He respected Corey’s boundaries and his need to keep certain things to himself, but he didn’t think it was completely unreasonable to at least attempt to be friendly with each other. Corey finally answered him.

“I’m usually up pretty early. I can’t sleep much past seven, even when I was going to school and it was the weekend.” Corey’s eyes tracked everything in the kitchen that wasn’t anywhere near Derek. “Plus, I get really tired at night. I used to be the one who fell asleep on New Year’s Eve.”

“Used to be?”

Corey finally looked in his direction. “Tony was more of a night owl. He insisted I stay awake the last few New Year’s.”

“Tony your Dom?”

Corey actually appeared to shrink into himself even more. “Ex-Dom.”

“Hmm.” Derek shut off the burners then pressed the lever down on the toaster. “Hungry?”

“Yeah.” Corey nodded with an enthusiasm that made Derek wonder about the kid’s recent circumstances and whether he’d had enough to eat. He finally lifted his gaze to Derek. “Can I set the table for you? Or…something?”

“I’m not that formal here. You can grab the orange juice and butter from the fridge though. I already have plates and glasses.” Derek wondered if he could draw Corey out of himself a bit more. Mundane topics seemed to be relatively safe. The mention of the Dom had caused him to shut down instantly. “Hope you like chorizo and eggs.”

Corey brought over the items Derek had requested. He set them down then moved quickly away.

“Anything you have is great. I meant…” Corey swallowed, his expression pained. “I meant to say thank you to you last night. I should’ve said it to Gavin…” Corey’s eyes flashed up at him with panic. “Um, Master Gavin and Kyle, but they left before I could tell them. This is really cool of you to do. So, thank you.”

Derek offered him a smile. It wasn’t an expression he employed often, but he sensed that Corey needed some reassuring. “Sure. You’re welcome.” He finished pouring the juice then handed the tumblers back to Corey. “Here you go. Have a seat and I’ll get the rest.”

Corey nodded and did what he was told. Derek found himself intrigued by the young man. It was the absolute last damn thing he needed at the moment, but he couldn’t help it. Corey was too young, too pretty – but he didn’t seem to be too spoiled. Derek ached to know more. All he had to do was figure out how to approach Corey without scaring the shit out of him.

About Morticia:
Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Author Contact:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormorticiaknight?fref=nf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorticiaKnight

Where To Buy:
Pride Publishing: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/safe-limits
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Safe-Limits-Kiss-Leather-Book-ebook/dp/B0182CQT4S/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449639309&sr=1-5&keywords=morticia+knight
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Safe-Limits-Kiss-Leather-Book-ebook/dp/B0182CQT4S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1449639529&sr=1-1
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/safe-limits-morticia-knight/1122960799?ean=9781784309015

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