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Deliver Us: Gay BDSM Romance Paperback – October 29, 2012
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Five years ago, Lynn Kelling spontaneously started writing and hasn’t stopped since. It all started with the desire to take a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. She is drawn to that which some may consider to be taboo—the darker and wilder the better—in order to expose the humanity within it. Our most telling moments are conveyed through intimacy and that which makes us feel vulnerable, powerful, or both, and so what could be more intriguing? Lynn is an artist and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She works as a multimedia designer in the Philadelphia area where she lives with her husband and two children.
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Many scenes, I read in horrified fascination rather than feeling any eroticism. There was lots of ginger and tiny clips and spiky things and ice! One scene, causing the most uproar, was when the safe word was taken away. But he was warned in advance and there was a huge break in trust that caused it. The scene was a punishment and it was quite disgusting but not part of their regular play.
Aside from all that, what begins as merely sex scenes, does become a love story. A strong theme of BDSM as psychological therapy does run through the book. There is also a lot of healing through understanding and love. There were lots of characters with an amazing understanding of the psyche (lots of fantasy elements here). A psychologist is brought into the story finally but I couldn't tell if it was a one time thing or would be continuing. Anyway, there was also insta-lust, insta-love and insta-gay. No issues on the abrupt turnaround from straight boy to GFY.
Finally, there was the kind of justice dealt out that many of us would like to see happen in real life. There was also switching that was unexpected. There were sweet and tender scenes, too. It was long, but I don't think the author could have retained the balance of up and down tension otherwise. There was also a great deal of development for the secondary characters. They also played important roles in the story. I really liked it more than I expected. I was only at around 3 stars by midpoint but I thought the cumulative positives made it worthwhile.
This book had an amazing balance of story and erotic sex. It was very heavy on the sexual side, but I felt like that just enhanced the story line rather than detracting from it. It's not always an easy book to read....these guys and their BDSM practices are pretty hardcore, but I found their stories riveting.
Darrek and Gabriel are at the heart of the story, but there's a total of 6 guys who truly come into play in the whole dynamic....Darrek, Gabe, Kyle, Ben, Trace, and Micah. Kyle and Ben have a relationship developing over on the side and as Darrek and Gabe's best friends, that relationship affects theirs too. Kyle is the one who pulls Darrek into this whole BDSM scenario, but he doesn't trust Gabe...certainly not with his best friend. Kyle has been playing with these guys for a while and he knows what they are like behind closed doors.
But like I started out saying, Gabe and Darrek are at the heart of this story. Gabe is the big, scary Dom. He's part of the three-way owners of the BDSM club, Diadem. As a Dom though, he never, never, ever lets anyone else touch or pleasure him...until Darrek. Darrek is both a BDSM and a gay virgin....he has NO IDEA what he's walking into when he comes to the club. NONE! But both he and Gabe find themselves quickly involved...deeply. BUT there's a reason Gabe never lets anyone else touch him and that definitely plays out throughout this book.
I liked that Gabe and Dare are such complete opposites. Gabe doesn't trust or let anyone else in. Dare is one of those guys who is everyone's friend. He's just a big old teddy bear and he doesn't accept Gabe shutting him out. I liked that he could take charge for Gabe when he needed to.
Warning! This book is a classic example of why I should always write my reviews immediately before I read another book, especially if the next book I read is a follow-up book. I loved this book and the interesting relationships between all the guys within it...until I read book #2...and now it's hard for me to look at this book the same way because all the dynamics that are established within this book are shredded and blown apart in book #2.