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About the Author
Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret.
He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.
He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.
He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.
- ASIN : B07BRD69LV
- Publication date : March 26, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1725 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 442 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #73,113 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Laurie is a 37 year old doctor, a little lonely, a little unhappy, who gets his need to submit filled by unsatisfactory anonymous encounters following the failure of his 10 year relationship. They scratch the itch, but don't satisfy his wish for "the correspondence of desire in love". Toby is an intelligent and sensitive 19 year old, a little bit lost in life and with little support from his loving but distracted and unconventional mother, who is a famous artist. He also has a burning desire to be dominant in the bedroom, but hasn't been able to satisfy his needs and no one in the BDSM scene takes this somewhat scrawny, fresh-faced post-adolescent seriously. Until he meets Laurie at a club, and they both feel an instant attraction. Other reviewers have commented that Toby is too young and unsure to really be a convincing Dom - and perhaps the wide eyed innocence is overdone just a wee bit, but I don't think it's a problem because we see that what Laurie really wants has everything to do with submitting to someone he feels a connection to, and nothing to do with feeling overpowered by someone bigger and stronger.
Despite their electric connection, Laurie is reluctant to get involved with someone so young, but Toby gradually wears down his resistance. I wasn't sure the age difference would work either, but like Laurie, I ended up being completely drawn in. I think it works because although Toby is young, he is wise beyond his years and has had the benefit of a rather bohemian upbringing. Similarly, Laurie's friends are unconventional types who don't see the age difference as a problem.
There's no melodrama here, just the piecemeal breaking down of the walls they've each put up and gradual bridging of the distance between them. That's not to say there's not an enjoyable amount of angst and conflict and then satisfying resolution - that's what makes romance novels great - but it all feels true to life and emotionally authentic. It's heart warming and genuine and realistic and so lovely.
Even if you don't think this is your thing - if you're not into BDSM or the age difference troubles you - I strongly urge you to give it a try. I finished it in one day and wanted to start all over again - it's just that good.
They felt human, and approachable, and far more real and true to life than any BDSM book I've yet read. And even with their flaws, and their humanity, they still managed to express the absolute ecstasy of an idealized D/s S/M couple. Laurie's submission is all the sweeter for the choices he makes - my idea of the perfect submissive, one who can choose to walk away at any time but chooses to stay and submit. Willing, voluntary submission. And Toby's Dominance is gloriously responsible and deliciously sadistic, despite his youth and inexperience...and that youth and inexperience are beautifully portrayed at the most realistic (and often awkwardly hilarious) moments. But through it all, you can get wonderful glimpses of the incredible man he will become.
Not for the smut seekers, this is a story for the sensuous reader, the one who wants to revel in the prose of it, and luxuriate in the rich emotional textures.
Also available in an audio book, which is just as delightful an experience! I highly recommend both - this is going into my "most favorite books EVER" pile!
Ratings on characteristics of interest to me in mm romance:
Smexy Scale 1-5: 5
"He tastes of delicious, filthy things. Him and me and pure unadulterated sex."
Likable MCs scale 1-5: 5.
I like them both, clearly. Maybe a leetle less faith in the HEA (versus HFN) as a couple...but I am so glad about them being together, because Reasons.
Humor scale 1-5: 4
This isn't a silly book, but I smiled and smiled and laughed out loud here and there.
Angst scale 1-5: 3. Toby goes through both a family and a personal crisis, and since we are in his head half the time, we are sucked in with him.
Note: this book has bondage scenes, dominant/submissive interactions, and two heavier sadomasochistic scenes between these guys (as well as a couple of club scenes observed). As presented in the story, the connection between the two wouldn't be there without it. Also, an unusually large age difference between the two guys.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot twist was such a great idea, and is what made the book different from the usual older Dom/younger more vulnerable sub tale. The MCs were so wrong, yet so right for each other. They were miles apart in terms of their background, education and experience, yet they worked together beautifully, and were obviously made for each other.
I loved the style in which this book was written. The writing was first class. The development of both Laurie and Toby was beautifully written. It's a book about boundaries being challenged and accepting people and their choices, about respect for others. It's a definite must read.
This book was wonderfully written, nothing sugary, just true feelings and ordinary lives - with the exception of the kink. I blooming loved it. So I've just bought 2 more to see if they live up to expectations.