The Boy Who Belonged by Lisa Henry and JA Rock ~ Review by Brandilyn

As owner of this little review blog, I tend to have a lot of books come across my email.  MOST of those books get forwarded on to one of the other 9 reviewers, but every once in a while one comes across that I immediately drop everything to read.  If you have read The Good Boy by Lisa Henry and JA Rock, then you understand why the sequel, The Boy Who Belonged, was just such a book for me.  I literally did a little happy dance in my seat when I saw it in my email (and immediately forwarded it to my Kindle)

the_boy_who_belonged_hiresTitle: The Boy Who Belonged (Boy #2)

Authors: Lisa Henry and JA Rock

Publisher: LooseID

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher

Twenty-one year-old Lane Moredock finally has a normal life. Six months after he was wrongly made a suspect in his parents’ Ponzi scheme, he’s settled down with his older boyfriend, Derek, and is working and attending school. But his happiness is threatened when his mother launches a Christmastime PR campaign to help appeal her prison sentence, and asks introverted Lane to be part of it.

Derek Fields has his hands full taking Santa photos, bird-sitting his sister’s foul-mouthed macaw, and helping Lane prepare for a television interview neither of them wants him to do. As he eases Lane through his anxiety, he worries that Lane sees him as a caretaker rather than a boyfriend, and that their age difference really does matter. He and Lane compensate for the stress in their lives by taking their D/s relationship to new levels–a relationship that Lane’s mother insists he should be ashamed of.

As Christmas draws nearer, the pressure builds. Pushy elves. Snarky subs. A bad fight. A parrot in peril. How the hell is Derek going to give Lane a perfect Christmas when the Moredock legacy threatens to pull them apart before the new year?

My View

Where do I start describing my feelings on this book?  Three words come to mind: fabulous, heartwrenching, and HOT.  Oh and evil… but that word doesn’t describe the story so much as the authors 😉  They are evil to poor defenseless Lane.  Lane is one of those characters that, on the surface, you want to just wrap up in a giant hug and protect him from the outside world.   However, on the inside, he is a lot stronger than even he realizes.  Of course Derek, his boyfriend of 6 months and Dom, has to walk that line between partner and protector.

TBWB is all about Lane finding that inner strength, Derek finding that line, and them finding both together.  Lane has some real horrors in his past, but he is fighting with his own feelings of fault. On his own he is fragile and needy, and he is somewhat ashamed of this feelings and needs.  With Derek, however, he is safe and loved, and he asks for what he needs unabashedly.   He, however, struggles with how much he depends on Derek and is still struggling with his parents’ opinion of himself and his chosen lifestyle.

My heart alternately broke and screamed with happiness for Lane and Derek.  There were times I was shouting at the book “NO!!! Don’t make him do it!!” and times  I was crying “I can’t believe you just did that!” and other times the love between Lane and Derek was so tangible that I could feel it coming through the screen of my kindle.   Interspersed with all the drama and all the love were some wicked hot sex / BDSM scenes and a the comic relief of one sarcastic Macaw.  If you can make it through the drama, Henry and Rock reward you with one of the hottest scenes I have read to date (and I read a LOT), that you will NOT want to miss and will NOT want to read in public.  I would love to see more from Lane and Derek in the future.  They are in a good place, but I don’t think they are done sharing their journey with us.

Where to Buy

LooseID

Amazon

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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8 thoughts on “The Boy Who Belonged by Lisa Henry and JA Rock ~ Review by Brandilyn

  1. I’ve only read one story from Lisa Henry and I have to say if that was anything to go by I think I know what you mean by “fabulous, heartwrenching, and HOT. and “NO!!! Don’t make him do it!!” and “I can’t believe you just did that!”” I haven’t read anything by JA Rock yet but I’m sure I’ll be in for a surprise.

  2. I purchased both these books based on the awesome reviews they got – still trying to find the time where I can sit down and read them both without too much interruptions. Thanks for the review.

  3. Great review. I read the book myself and thoroughly enjoyed reading someone else’s opinion of it. I have to admit that my reactions to the story were almost identical so, in future, I am going to take even more notice of the books you like to add to my own wish list 😀

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