Lucien Thorne likes to be in control, but the boy he wants to own may take some convincing.
Gorgeous but shy, Benedict Astor does his best to keep a low profile at the rowing club where he works. However, unbeknown to Benedict, he has attracted the attention of Lucien Thorne, rowing aristocracy, an Olympic medallist and a Lord.
Whilst looking for a new rowing partner, Lucien believes he has found what he needs in Ben. He pushes him to his limits on the water and it becomes clear that rowing with the pretty young man is not his only interest. Ben is attracted to Lucien but confused about his feelings. Lucien is demanding, arrogant and dominant—which Benedict responds to even though he feels he should resist.
Fighting emotions he doesn’t understand, Ben has to contend with the bullying rowing club president and a humiliating auction of promises.
Lucien recognises Ben’s hidden submissive streak and makes his own need for control very clear. He bids for Ben’s time and then forces Ben to admit to his own desire to test the ground between them.
When the deeds to the boat club are gambled away, Lucien and Ben must work together to save it. Will their growing love survive the pressure, Ben’s uncertainty and Lucien’s desire to own him completely
Reader Advisory: This book contains scorching scenes of dominance and submission between two professional rowers with smoking hot bodies! This includes bondage, chastity devices and orgasm denial, a bratty sub and a foul-mouthed, harsh Dom. There’s also a very brief scene of attempted sexual coercion by a character not involved in the relationship.
Publisher’s Note: This book has been previously published by Pride Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for release in 2016.
I enjoyed this story so much. I adored the setting and how Ben and Lucien get together. I adore Ms. Somerton’s writing style. She brings out emotions and gets you invested in the story right from the beginning. She writes wonderful BDSM that actually represents the lifestyle. The characters are fun and you get invested in what happens to them.
Ben is a little timid, however he learns to stand up for himself better as the story goes on. He’s a little cheeky with Lucien and it’s so fun to see how they both react. Ben ran himself ragged with everything he had going on. But he also gave each thing his focus and made sure to do it to the best of his ability. His feelings for Lucien were so easy to see and I adored how much he wanted to please Lucien.
Lucien was a little much at times. However he was unashamedly himself. He didn’t care what others thought of him and proudly went for what he wanted; namely Ben. He had a presence about him Ben couldn’t help but respond to. Lucien was strong and in charge and had a deliciously wicked mind. You could tell he deeply cared for Ben and was concerned for Ben’s well being. He hid a soft core when it comes to his family and Ben.
Ben and Lucien are wonderful together. They may have started their relationship quickly, but Lucien still took his time with Ben to be sure Ben was comfortable and actually wanted the kind of relationship they had. You could tell they both had deep feelings and by the end they were so in love and so happy. I would love to see more of these two even if there aren’t any more obstacles in their path. I’d gladly read a sequel if there ever is one.
L M Somerton lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.