“I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality.” – Victor Hugo
Author: Cindy Sutherland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and has never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.
Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.
When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.
Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed with Devon. He’s convinced Devon would be his perfect sub and Devon only thinks he’s a Dom because he needs proper discipline. Losing Chase to Devon is like rubbing salt in the wound, and he’s determined to get them both under his thumb. This time, Chase may need to rescue Devon.
Review: I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of Cindy Sutherland’s books in the past, so when I saw this on the submission list, I snatched it up.
The story begins in a very dramatic way. When Devon first meets Chase, he has to come to his rescue inside Devon’s own club. Not only does Devon figure out quickly that Chase needs help, but he finds out that he has some house cleaning of his own to do.
While helping Chase to heal, both inside and out, Devon finds himself falling for the young man. The hardest moment for Devon is when he finds out that he and Chase share a common nightmare in the form of James Kingston. James was in Devon’s past, and he is the monster in Chase’s present.
When Chase begins healing, he realizes that Devon is the Dom he was meant to have, but getting Devon to realize this is a little harder than Chase imagined it would be. Over a short amount of time, they start to bond both in and out of the bedroom. When the feelings become more than either one of them expected, Devon has to make one of the hardest decisions of his life.
To keep Chase safe and give them any sort of a chance at a normal life, Devon decides to slay their common dragon, but he needs to make sure Chase is hidden away before he moves ahead with his plan. With the help of some very loyal friends and a support system Chase thought was lost to him, the two men hatch a plan to secure their future.
Of course, I can’t tell you how it all turned out, you will have to read it yourself to see how Devon and Chase make out in the battle for their relationship. I will tell you, though, that you don’t want to miss this one. There are some great moments in this book between Chase and Devon. The trust between them seems to begin growing from the very first moment they meet, and it just grows consistently throughout the book. This is a BDSM story, but in my opinion it is BDSM-lite. These men are super hot together, and the love and care that they give one another is just something special to read.
I am hoping that Ms. Sutherland will consider writing a follow-up story or two because I really did fall in love with the secondary characters she created to help and support Devon and Chase. I highly recommend this book and don’t believe you will be disappointed.