Title: Facing Fears (Kiss of Leather: Book Seven)
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 151 Pages
Category: Contemporary, BDSM
At a Glance: More of Liam, and Tobey gets his story as well. A great addition to the series!
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: As the men of Kiss of Leather celebrate the resolution of the case of Corey’s kidnappers, Master Hunter worries that he’ll never see Tobey again.
Chuck isn’t about to let one of the key figures behind Corey’s kidnapping get away from him again. Everything he and Stone have discovered through their months-long investigation is about to come together. However, when Chuck follows the suspect to a shipyard, it’s not only his life that’s in danger.
Master Hunter is officially part-owner of Kiss of Leather, so he’s thrilled to raise a toast in celebration, now that the mystery of Corey’s kidnapping has been solved. However, he can’t help but feel left out. Everyone is paired up except for him. He’s never believed in monogamy before, but after Tobey unexpectedly left Kiss of Leather and no one knows where he’s gone, did Hunter make a horrible mistake by not sharing his true feelings?
Tobey is miserable ever since leaving West Hollywood and going back to Idaho. Breaking his own promise to himself by falling in love with his trainer, Tobey left Kiss of Leather impulsively after Master Hunter said something horrible to him. But things at home are worse than ever, and he’s come to realize that those who are related to him by blood aren’t necessarily his true family. The only place he’s ever felt he truly belonged was at Kiss of Leather.
Tobey has to face Hunter if he goes back to Kiss of Leather and Hunter has to figure out what he really wants from life and love. It takes a charity slave auction to show them what they’ve both been too stubborn to see.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence.
Review: Just as with the previous books in the series, Facing Fears must be read in order. The book opens just after the close of the previous book, Cutting Cords, and more than the first quarter of the book continues to center on Liam and Neal. Chuck is also involved, and, honestly, I couldn’t be happier. I loved Liam’s story so much, and being able to see more of him—especially this much more!—was a pleasant surprise.
The blurb pretty much reveals everything that needs to be said about the story, so I’ll skip a recap here. There are a lot of moving parts in this book, and Morticia Knight handled it well as she wove all of the stories together. When Liam’s story finally gets his closure, it’s time for Tobey and Hunter to step into the spotlight.
I had enjoyed seeing peeks of Tobey throughout the other books, and it was nice to see him get his Master. Having been brokenhearted over Gavin and Kyle in the first book, his story has been a long time coming. Of course, it’s not without its drawbacks. Hunter and Tobey have a misunderstanding that causes Tobey to flee, and it starts with him coming home, not knowing what to expect.
As with Liam, I felt for Tobey. He had moments of anxiety, and I felt it along with him. While not as intense as Liam, it was still just as painful for him to experience, and it caused him to back out of a charity auction when he his painful past reared its ugly head in his future.
Hunter is not without his faults, but, overall, he is a great character. He acknowledged what his issues were and, with the help of his friends, learned how to work through them so that he could be happy. I love when characters have moments of realization like this, because it makes them that much more lifelike.
Now. The overarching plot of the series has been resolved. That leaves me to wonder what’s next for the series. It didn’t feel like the end to me, and I honestly hope that it’s not. There is a smidge of a cliffhanger at the end of this book that leaves me wondering what Hunter has planned. There’s also the clear matter with Tai and Elliot that I want to see happen because Tai is just amazing, and he needs his own book, too. Plus, the intriguing Kyrill was introduced (I think, because I don’t recall him from the other books), and I want to know more about him. He seemed so interesting, and I loved how he handled Tai and helped Tobey.
Fans of the series will surely enjoy this book. New readers should go back to the first one and enjoy the ride, because it’s a long and good one!
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