Title: Tricks and Bids (Suit of Harte’s: Book One)
Author: Jacqueline Grey
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Length: 66 Pages
Category: BDSM, Contemporary
At a Glance: I appreciate a story and an author who can achieve a level of depth in such a short novella.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: When Michael Nole propositions Dillon Spade outside of a BDSM club one evening, all he is looking for is a potential client and a little kink, but he gets much more than he bargained for. As a prostitute, Michael enjoys sex but keeps an emotional distance between himself and the men he sleeps with. His priority is to keep himself safe, but after a night in Dillon’s bed, he finds the line between enjoyment and occupation becoming blurrier than usual.
Dillon Spade hasn’t taken another man home in six years since his previous lover passed away, but there is something about Michael that calls to his inner Dominant in a way he cannot resist. His instincts want to claim the boy even as he reminds himself that he is only paying Michael for temporary company.
Their relationship may have started as a business transaction, but these two are finding it difficult to remain professional when the man beside them is proving to be an exception to all the rules.
Review: Michael Nole just did something he would normally never do; he propositioned a trick outside a popular club. Michael has rules, rules he lives by as a prostitute, and the number one rule is never make the first move. Ever. Always let them come to you. So how did he end up in Dillon’s house with his wrists cuffed to a hook in Dillon’s living room ceiling? Oh yeah, he opened his mouth. Michael is well aware the hook he is hanging by belonged to another man, the same with the chains in the bedroom and the pillow on the floor next to the recliner. How can he compete with a dead man who was obviously perfect? And does he want to?
Dillon takes one look at the rent boy outside his favorite club and wonders if this is what he has been reduced to. Paying for sex when he could just go inside his club and get it for free. Any number of boys would kill for a chance to sub for him, so why is he even entertaining the possibility of a night with this boy? Even though he quickly picks up on how inexperienced Michael is to the world of BDSM, Dillon still lays the night out for him and asks for his submission. Dillon’s sense of honor would have it no other way. He hasn’t had a sub in his home since his full-time lover and boy, Clover, died in a hit and run accident years earlier, but just one night with Michael has him longing for things he figured he would never have again.
Grey gives us just enough backstory on these men to make the story relevant and believable. The addition of Dillon’s friend Jesse gives a dimension to the story and an outside perspective on one of the MCs that is refreshing. Overall, this story is about sex and domination, but it has a deeper storyline than most erotic shorts. I actually could have used more domination. It is obvious Dillon holds back because of Michael’s newness to the scene. It is a good start to this series and leads me to want to continue with book two, Shoot the Moon. I appreciate a story and an author who can achieve a level of depth in such a short novella. I would recommend this book if you are looking for light BDSM, good feels, and a short read.
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