Genre: Gay, BDSM, Contemporary
Publisher: ARe Books
Date of Publication: 12/1/15
Number of pages: 113
Word Count: 26,800
Cover Artist: Scott Carpenter
Charles holds the key to salvation, but James has to say yes.
James failed. He tried to be what they wanted. He tried to deny it. He tried to be a good Catholic boy…but it’s become too much. He craves pain, submission. He’s denied himself far too long, and it’s eating him alive.
Charles thrives off the exchange of power. He knows the world revolves around control. It’s given and taken like currency, in business and in pleasure. He won’t get attached, though, or so he tells himself, until James turns his world upside down. He’s defiant and snarky, but Charles can taste the submission on him.
All James has to do is say one little word.
Charles caught James by the tie and yanked him closer. James stood without a hint of fear. With his reputation, there weren’t many left who didn’t fear him.
“Why don’t you stay?” It had to be voluntary. There was nothing if it wasn’t. Any man could get off on force. He wanted the control freely given. It was so much more erotic.
“Need help putting your dick in your pants?” James’ lips curled up a hint.
“I was thinking more along the lines of help with you on your knees.” He stared at the tie on James’ neck. Charles wanted to string him up with it. It had been a long time since he’d let loose with a man.
“I think I’ll ruin my suit if I kneel in here.” He was witty. Another point in his favor.
James was quite a bit younger than Charles was, but he made up for it in cocky. His dirty blond hair fell into his eyes, enough for Charles to grab a handful of. Even if he’d never preferred blonds, there was a first time for everything.
“All the more reason not to be wearing it.”
“It’s my job to get you out of your suit, not for you to get me out of mine.” His dark green eyes shone in the low light behind rectangular glasses. He had such a thing for glasses. Charles knew he was being toyed with. It was an unusual sensation for him as he usually did the toying.
“It’s not going to be any work at all for you to get me out of my suit. I think yours will be the challenge.” He undid his belt, and James’ eyes went to his groin. He’d known James was into men. He had a sense for these things.
“You’re not going to get me out of mine.” So cocky. It would be fun to break him of it.
“We seem to be at an impasse.” Charles pulled his belt from his loops and halved it in his hand. He could already see the marks on James’ pale skin.
“It appears so.” He surprised Charles and took the belt from his hands as he stepped past. “This belt looks so worn. Let me find you a stiffer model.” James flashed another smile, showing large canines and a mouth full of gleaming white teeth before he exited the room.
Charles gripped himself. There was only one thing he loved more than submission: having to work for it.
He was going to be late for his date.
the first thing we have to talk about is that damn cover. that is such an amazing cover! if you can get past that and actually into the book, you will have an intriguing, intensely hot story that you won’t be able to put down.
james is a surprisingly complex 19 year old boy. he’s a snarky and confident submissive with a rich, catholic upbringing. he has the air of money about him, wears suits well and is hidden deep behind a mask. he is really intelligent and reads people, especially charles, well. he figures charles out pretty quickly and pushes his buttons because he loves it just as much as charles does. he’s attracted to older men and loves pain. and deep beneath his armour, he just wants to be accepted and loved.
charles is a dominant that has been burned. he’s instantly attracted to james and feels a connection that he HAS to pursue. he wants to have a real relationship with a submissive that needs what he can give but because he’s been hurt he doesn’t want to open up and trust james. but he does…and it’s smoking hot when he does. the pursuit is extremely fascinating and their banter is entertaining.
i have 2 minor complaints: 1) the POV switched unexpectedly a few times and it was hard to keep up with that; and 2) this story was too short…the build up was AMAZING but then it just seemed to be done. i seriously hope we see more of these men.
About the Author:
JR Gray, when not staying up all night writing, can be found basking in the warm glow of the Miami sun, or at the gym where it’s half assumed Gray is a permanent resident. A dominant, pilot, and sword fighting enthusiast, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. Gray frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns, to jot down nonsense. The bane of Gray’s existence are commas, and even though it’s been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder.
If Gray wasn’t writing…well, that’s not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave or possibly a mental institution where the tales would end up on the walls in crayon and finger paint.
J.R. Gray is Gender Queer and prefers He/Him/His pronouns.
For more information on other books by J.R., visit his website: http://www.jrgraybooks.com
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