Authors: K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 264 Pages
At a Glance: KC Wells and Parker Williams have a nuance about their writing that captures human emotion and holds it captive.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. When he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. So what if Jarod is probably twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? All he can see is what he’s always wanted—a sub who wants to serve.
Jarod spent twenty-four years with his Master before Fate took him. Four years on, Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughingstock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub?
After several missteps, Eli realizes that in order to find happiness, they will need friends who will understand. At a friend’s insistence, he visits Collars & Cuffs, where they are met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently and he dares to think he can have it all. Until a phone call threatens to take it all away….
Review: All of the Collars and Cuffs books deal with heavy emotional issues, so I was excited to read one in which the premise sounded like it would be lighter than the others have been… boy was I wrong! I have never been so glad to be wrong. This book was amazing, taking me on a journey from tears—my heart shattered for Jarod—to carefully optimistic, to heartwarming joy.
Jarod is fifty. Having served his Master for twenty-four years, the man is taken from him in a tragic accident. So now what? Jarod doesn’t just have a servant’s heart, he lives and breathes service, but what happens when you no longer fit the “popular” mold of a submissive? Do you stop being what makes you you just because you age? The authors did a fantastic job here, almost too good, as you get glimpses inside a man lost in his grief, with no outlet for the feelings of pain and abandonment and trying to cope, looking for anything that is familiar he can grab on to, and being unable to find the one thing he knows he can do, and that is submit. Jarod has so much to overcome in this book that you find yourself rooting for him, offended for him, crying with him, smiling with him, and healing with him.
With Eli we really get a picture of a young Dom who likes the idea of a full time sub but isn’t fully prepared for the actuality of having a full time sub. Oh, Eli, I wanted to reach inside the pages and whack you in the head a few times. You were blessed with a gift of magnificent proportions, and you left it at home and went to work. Seriously?! Thank god you had discerning friends like Ben (from Someone to Keep Me) to guide you and do the popping in the head for me. Once you realized it wasn’t all about you, you became a man worthy of Jarod. Eli’s saving grace is that he looks at Jarod and sees the man, not his age. He recognizes in Jarod the submission he has always yearned for. I appreciated the fact that Eli is a relatively simple, honest, and good man. All the angst comes from Jarod in this book, and it’s refreshing that Eli doesn’t have a lot of issues and can just concentrate on Jarod. Eli recognizes the fact that Jarod has been in this lifestyle a lot longer than him, and he respects that knowledge.
This is a slow burn book as these two men learn to take care of each other. It’s not easy, as each have to accept things about each other and commit to opening their hearts to make it work. The sex scenes as well as the BDSM scenes have a maturity to them, still incredibly hot but more fitting a solid, older relationship. I appreciated the fact that sex did not happen between these two until they had worked through some issues first. These two are very much on the same level, they each have something to learn from the other, and I enjoyed that very much.
I will be very sorry to see this series end. K.C. Wells and Parker Williams have a nuance about their writing that captures human emotion and holds it captive. ::sigh:: Really looking forward to the last book so I can keep the set and reread them whenever I want!
And, gotta give a shout out for the cover on this one. AMAZING!
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