Title: Gaining Trust (Kiss of Leather: Book Five)
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 142 Pages
Category: Mystery, Contemporary, BDSM
At a Glance: A wonderful addition to the series, with a beloved character!
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Chuck isn’t sure what he needs and Master Jordan can’t wait to show him.
Stone’s shy junior investigator, Chuck, can no longer deny his interest in the BDSM lifestyle. The beautiful connections and raw emotions he’s witnessed between so many of the Doms and subs at Kiss of Leather, leave him yearning for something he’d never dared hope he could have: unconditional love and care from a man. He isn’t sure if he can take the chance of having a real relationship when he’s not out to his meddling parents yet, but the sexy Master Jordan, Gavin’s friend and the owner of Club Consequence, makes him want to take that chance.
Master Jordan has been biding his time until he can get next to the super-fine Chuck. Gavin warned him that Chuck wasn’t in the lifestyle, but there’s something special about him that Jordan can’t deny. When they’re finally alone, the chemistry is off the charts and Jordan can tell it won’t take much to bring Chuck willingly into the world of BDSM.
An unexpected development in the case of Corey’s kidnappers shocks them all, but not as much as what happens with Chuck’s family. Jordan teaches Chuck that secrets hold power over the person keeping them, and that gaining trust can only be achieved through complete honesty.
Review: Since Chuck was first introduced to the series several books ago, I have been dying to read his story. There is something about the young, shy private investigator that really speaks to the reader. He draws the attention of others as well, including Jordan, the owner of Club Consequence and friend of the Kiss of Leather crew. Fans of the series will finally get to see his story!
The primary purpose of this book is to introduce Chuck and Jordan, and let them tell their story. While there are still some events going on in the background that advance the storyline of the series, unlike with the other books, it is minimal. Instead, we get to see what Chuck’s family is like, and we learn more about Jordan and what he is looking for in a partner.
If you haven’t read any of the other books, I do not recommend starting with this one, as what is advanced in the plot of the series is important information. However, this novel was excellent in portraying a young man just coming to terms with his submissive nature. I enjoyed seeing Chuck bloom under Jordan’s Mastery. The two of them grow together to discover what it is they really enjoy. Their passion is palpable as they get to know each other on the page. From their first cancelled date to their first time actually meeting up, and then going back to Jordan’s house, their relationship follows a course different from the others.
The author does a great job in creating characters that not only complement each other, but are distinct from the others. While Jordan has some characteristics that are similar to the other Doms in the series, he is still unique. Considering this is the fifth book in the Kiss of Leather series, the fact that each character still has his own voice speaks to the skill of Morticia Knight.
Fans of the Kiss of Leather series will enjoy this latest installment. If you are new to the series, I highly recommend starting with the first book, as each one builds from the next. I look forward to the next book in the series! There are so many narrative threads that need a resolution.
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