Can a new beginning be found in leather and chains?
Kai Smithson’s life changes dramatically with his first glimpse into the world of BDSM. Completely innocent, Kai can hardly believe his eyes, but he knows what he likes and apparently that’s hot, dominant men in leather. He isn’t sure if he’s a submissive because he doesn’t really know what that means, but the feelings he is experiencing are exciting and new.
Harry Croft, bar manager at The Underground BDSM Club, believes in insta-lust rather than love at first sight. And when he agrees to train Kai, the contract between them has one condition—no sex. But Kai has some very definite plans about losing his virginity and a piece of paper is not going to stand in his way. In his new friends at the club and at The Edge, Kai has a ready-made support group of subs that show him that the only rules in a D/s relationship are those he wants to make for himself.
The old saying that you can choose your friends but not your family is proved horribly true for Kai, as the mysteries of his past are revealed. As he and Harry start out on their journey together, they must contend with bullets as well as bondage, danger alongside domination, and it’s not easy to establish trust when the whole world is going to hell.
Reader Advisory: This book contains characters who have extremely prejudiced views and scenes referencing physical abuse.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
I was eager to get Kai and Harry’s story back in Alistair’s story. You could tell there was more to Kai’s background from the hints you get. But the suspense in this story as the pieces unfold were so well written. I enjoyed how Ms. Somerton gave the hints and had you wanting to know what happens next.
Kai was a sweetie. He was scared when he first meets Harry because of the circumstances that brought him to The Underground. He is unsure of himself and hesitant to express his desires. The way he comes out of his shell and is comfortable being his usual spunky self the more time he spends with Harry is wonderful. He benefits from his friendship with Alistair, Christian, Olly and Aiden as well. Seeing some of the things he goes through are hard to watch. But he gained so much from his ordeal. He’s so happy and content by the end of the book. You can’t help but be happy for him.
Harry is relatively happy at the start of the book. But he also wants the contentment his friends have in their relationship. He grows over the course of the book by taking care of and being responsible for Kai. Harry falls for Kai and his boundless zeal for life quickly. You can tell he has new appreciation for BDSM because of Kai’s inexperience and exploring everything together.
On the surface Harry and Kai are an unlikely pair. But they work so well together you realize they are meant to be. Kai submits beautifully. He craves the control Harry gives. Harry and Kai overcome some large obstacles but manage to build a lasting relationship over the course of those trying times. They’re clearly going to last long term and are so in love. I can’t wait to see more of them in the next book in the series.
Four and a half
Lucinda 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.