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Length: 115,247 words
Cover Design: Reece Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.
There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.
I’m not a big BDSM reader but I was happy with this book as it was not too heavy in the stuff I don’t care for. I did have a hard time believing that a seemingly straight (even in his internal dialog) would enter a D/s relationship with another man. I guess I’ve never read anything related to BDSM that wasn’t sexual in nature so this threw me for a bit of a loop. Ellis ‘coming out’ was a huge surprise and felt like a flip switching to me as we had no hints whatsoever that he was even questioning his orientation. Typically, if someone is in the closet in the books I’ve read, there is at least a bit of hinting in the character’s internal dialog so this also threw me for a loop.
I liked Ellis and Wayne together. I always love a friends-to-lovers story and theirs was no exception. They are truly life partners. I look forward to seeing more of them in future books in the series. I’m also curious who the future stories will center around as there wasn’t much given away there.
Overall a good read and a good start to the series.
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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
Happily Ever After Comes With A Price Tag. Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family. Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.
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