A HEATHENS INK SPIN OFF
RELEASE DATE: 02.08.18
COVER DESIGN: K.M. Neuhold
COVER PHOTO: StockPhoto
My mind and body are full of chaos; the only time I can truly feel free is when my hands, arms, and legs are secured. Just because I want to be bound, able to give over my pleasure entirely to another person, doesn’t mean I want to be controlled, humiliated, or made to endure pain. I’m a successful, happy, confident adult man who wants a lover to tie him up. Why is that so scandalous? And why is it so difficult to find? It doesn’t help that I’ve developed a hopeless crush on my straight roommate. Maybe a fulfilling relationship isn’t in the cards for me.
I’m completely out of control of my life. My ex is trying to take my daughter away from me… again, my dream of owning my own motorcycle repair shop seems out of reach, and somehow, I find myself a thirty-two-year-old man who can’t afford to have a place without a roommate. So, it’s no huge surprise that the idea of being given complete control over someone’s body and pleasure is a major turn-on. I never had any inkling I might be into guys, until my best friend told me he likes to be tied up. Now I’m losing sleep, imagining him bound and begging for me. I can’t figure out if it’s just the kink or if it’s possible I’m falling for him.
Every dish in the kitchen is piled on the table, while I stand on a chair to scrub the insides of the cabinets.
Maybe I can strip and re-stain the wood; that would look nice. Although, I doubt there’s any stripper or stain in the house, so I’d have to go to the hardware store. I glance at the clock on the stove. There probably aren’t any hardware stores open at three in the morning.
Something soft bounces off the back of my head, pulling me from my thoughts. I glance down to see what hit me, and I frown in confusion. I must be more tired than I thought because I can’t for the life of me figure out what a random sock is doing lying at my feet.
“What the hell?” I mutter, trying to suppress a yawn.
“I figured you must be a house elf on crack, so I was trying to set you free.”
I snort a laugh and glance over my shoulder to see Max standing behind me in nothing but a pair of pajama pants. I force myself not to let my gaze linger on his toned chest or his adorable, sleep rumpled hair.
“Very funny.” I roll my eyes and yawn before turning back to continue my task.
Strong hands grasp my waist and, before I know it, I’m being scooped up into Max’s arms and carried to my bedroom. I’m more excited than I have any right to be when Max lowers me onto my bed without so much as jostling me.
“Sleep,” he says with authority. I roll my eyes at him.
“I can’t sleep; that’s why I was cleaning.”
He sighs and looks down at me with a conflicted expression.
“What would help?”
A release— something to calm my mind for a few minutes.
“Nothing you can help me with,” I toss back with agitation. “What if I climb into bed with you—”
“Keep talking,” I encourage with a salacious grin.
“Dirty mind,” Max accuses with a chuckle. “What I was saying was, why don’t I climb into bed, and we can pull up something boring on your laptop. I bet that’ll help you fall asleep.”
He’s not wrong. It’s the only thing that helps some nights. And, truth be told, it’s more about the feeling of Max’s warmth beside me and the steady rhythm of his breath as he sleeps.
“Anytime,” Max assures me before grabbing my laptop off my desk and climbing into bed beside me.
4 of 5 Stars
Clay is a little scattered, a lot anxious and is sexually frustrated because he can’t find anyone to satisfy his kinky needs without other elements of BDSM that he’s not interested in doing. He’s a great friend to Max and his daughter. I would have liked to know what lead to Clay’s anxiety (maybe he was just born that way?) and what caused him to fear change in his life.
Max is pretty remarkable – loving father, great friend and eventually amazing lover. He goes through a bit of sexual discovery but fully embraces what he learns instead of spending half the book struggling with his discoveries.
The sexual chemistry between Max and Clay is OFF THE CHARTS once they start down the lovers path. Being best friends really makes their relationship stronger and gives it staying power (even though Clay almost messed that up).
Definitely a book I recommend and I’m looking forward to going back through the rest of the series I missed!
I’m an author of m/m and new adult romance. I have a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well.