Recently LAMBDA Literary announced the finalists for its prestigious awards and we are reviewing all in the Romance category for PBA readers, so you can be a part of this celebration of the best of the genre.
Title: Rocky’s Road
Author: Lynley Wayne
Publisher: MLR Press
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars
The road to finding oneself is never easy. For Rocky, at times it’s downright painful.
How can you find yourself when you don’t know where to start? For Rocky, the move from Indiana to Maryland isn’t half as daunting as the prospect of finally taking the time to explore his sexuality. Luckily for him, Rocky has his brother’s best friend for a guide… Landon had all but given up on finding someone to spend his life with. Hope sparks in his chest when he meets Rocky, whose naturally submissive nature perfectly complements Landon’s dominance. As Landon introduces Rocky to the world of BDSM, the two men learn that sometimes you have to traverse a rocky road to find your way to happiness.
Rocky is a young man from Indiana who, ostensibly travels to Maryland, with his brother Jace’s boyfriend Nathaniel, to help the two young men settle into a new house and help with Jace’s baby son, Blake. He is hoping to explore the idea that he is gay and come to terms with that fact himself. Although there seems to be no doubt that Rocky is gay, he has only dated women and girls. That life was unsatisfactory, but Rocky was scared to face an untraditional life in a small town. After the first night in his brother’s apartment he meets Landon, Jace’s good friend, who has supported Jace during the initial bad stages of his PTSD. Landon and Rocky are immediately attracted to each other and Landon asks Rocky out on a date.
This novel is very well written but I was disappointed that even in a book nominated for a ‘Lammy’, there were proofreading errors and one scene where the person receiving a blow job became the person giving it, by the end of the next sentence.
Landon is a dominant and finds that Rocky is a natural submissive and introduces him to the lifestyle very quickly. The BDSM elements are very sexy and hot and I really sympathised with Rocky who ends up having to come out officially as gay to his brother, which is no surprise or worry, but explaining his dom/sub relationship with Landon and acting as a submissive in front of him is more difficult. Rocky has a very positive outlook towards living in an openly gay relationship in his small hometown,
People will talk, and there will be those who will have a problem with it. Are you ready to face that? Rocky sighed. “I don’t know honestly. All I know is I can’t keep hiding, and I love you. If who I sleep with is a problem for them…then I don’t need them in my life anyway.
When Landon came out to his own family he received a very bad response and seems happy with the idea of being part of Rocky’s large family, although by the end of this novel he hasn’t met them yet. This novel deals with Rocky discovering that he is a gay submissive however, if I were to be negative I would point out that this all happens very quickly and smoothly. Rocky never questions whether he would have been happy in another type of relationship or with another man. He falls in love with Landon almost immediately although he has no experience with being in a relationship with a man. He accepts and enjoys all elements of gay sex immediately, with no worries or question and I understand that the basis of BDSM relationships is trust, which Rocky gives also immediately to Landon though he has no reason to at the beginning.
I liked the way that the author has most of the BDSM elements in the home and introduces the difficulties of living the lifestyle amongst those who are family and not aware of BDSM at all. There are many books that include dom/sub relationships but they are usually heavily based in Clubs and with those who live the life as well.
This is an enjoyable read but I think, as the sequel to the novel ‘Scars’, I missed out on some of the back story concerning Jace, Nathaniel, Landon and Rocky and especially the presence of baby, Blake. I will be rectifying that by reading ‘Scars’ in the near future.
I wish Lynley Wayne good luck with the LAMBDA awards when the winners are announced in June.
I would like to thank MLR Press for a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion
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