Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: 198 Pages
At a Glance: Excellent third book in a series with characters that will latch onto your heart.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Master Thomas sees a submissive man aching for surrender. But can Linus be convinced not to fear The Hampton Road Club?
Linus never wants to return to Hampton Road after being attacked by a Master there. Even though he aches for the attention of Master Thomas—the one who he’d originally wanted—he isn’t sure he can ever trust another Master not to abuse him again.
Thomas is furious with himself for not protecting the beautiful young submissive whose company he’d enjoyed on a few occasions. He’s relieved that there have been some recent changes to help protect the men who offer themselves at the sadomasochism club. It’s about time to bring Hampton Road into the progressive age of the 1920s. Now that the new rules are in place, perhaps he can woo Linus into giving him a chance.
As Thomas goes out of his way to be kind to him, Linus wonders if he’s misjudged the Master. He’s still not sure if there’s a future for them. What if he never wants to surrender to another man? When he allows Thomas to teach him the joys of Dominance and submission, Linus discovers that he not only wants to surrender, he wants to be claimed permanently. If only Thomas’ old life doesn’t come back to haunt them and destroy their chance of being together forever.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of figging and piercing.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
Review: Disclaimer: I still have not read the first book in this series, though I did read and review book two for The Novel Approach. That said, even though this is a series, you can read this as a standalone, though knowledge of book two will help you understand more of book three, even if the events of book two are covered adequately.
I was correct in my prediction for Thomas and Linus! Hurray! I love these two so much, and even though I haven’t read the first book, I will admit these two are my favorite. My heart broke so many times during this story, watching Linus suffer with his insecurities after suffering at the hands of Preston. He’s such a lovable, awkward character. He has difficulty expressing himself, and his speech pattern is unique, which might drive some readers crazy with how many times he says “um” during a conversation. But I loved him. And Thomas. The two just work so beautifully together. And while this story is on the BDSM spectrum, it’s rather light compared to others, given Linus’s hesitation.
The plot itself is a bit predictable, but you know what? I didn’t care about that because I cared about the characters so much. They drove the story. Seeing Linus begin to blossom while interacting with Thomas felt so good. I cheered for the two of them the entire book.
I do wish there had been more of them at the club, Hampton Road. I mean, granted, given Linus’s aversion to the place it didn’t seem likely, but I did enjoy reading about him with the other submissives, and those times aren’t too often in this book. Most of those interactions are with Sam, and it’s at the plant nursery.
Okay, so book four. I’m hoping there will be a book four, and my prediction is Ned and Evan. I hope so, at least! Although, I really, REALLY want to read more about Francesco and Theodore. Francesco is just so different from the other subs. He loves being disobedient and every time he’s on the page, I end up laughing.
In this series, there really is a different type of character for everyone’s tastes, and I’m finding that’s part of what I love about the series so much. Not one character is too much like another, despite there being quite a few so far. Each one has his idiosyncrasies, and his partner complements him to make the book balanced. It takes skill to maintain that level of consistency throughout a series, and so far there’s not a slip in sight.
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