Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.
Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.
What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure-at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.
As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.
Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.
4 of 5 Stars
I must admit, this story surprised me. The characters were so different not only because of their age difference but because of their backgrounds and their personalities…but they honestly just worked together. There were a couple of times Ryan’s age was obvious due to immaturity but overall, he wasn’t as bratty as I expected, and Misha was very patient with him which may be why we never saw much immaturity. They absolutely have serious sexual chemistry and their D/s relationship really worked for me. The angst of the story wasn’t unexpected and it was emotional but didn’t last long in comparison to the rest of the story.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about fencing. The author either did her research, has participated in the sport or is a fan of the sport because there is a lot of detail about it in this book…maybe a little more than necessary but not so much that it bothered me.
The vocal performance is good. This is the first time I’ve heard one of his performances and was impressed with his Russian accent. He had distinct voices for each character and performed the emotions beautifully. My only minor issue was him losing the Russian accent when in Misha’s head. That was a bit odd and confusing…Misha’s accent wouldn’t be lost when his dialog is internal so I’m not sure why it was performed that way.
I would definitely recommend this story and can honestly say I would pick listening to it over reading it which is usually not the case for me.
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About The Author
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…
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