Can love heal a sub broken by the abuse of his former Dom?
Author: Sam Singer
Publisher: JMS Books
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Abused by his previous Dom, Kenneth Michaels never expected to be in another D/s relationship, but now he is experiencing the power and beauty of submission in the care of David Lancaster. After he accidentally breaks one of David’s treasured possessions, he’s choked by old fears and does something against his nature: he lies to his Dom.
Guilt, fear, and dread eat at him. When David learns the truth, he knows he must discipline Kenneth, but can he do it without breaking the fragile trust between them?
Kenneth is a sub who was severely abused by his former Dom. He’s now in a loving and supportive D/s relationship with David, who also came into the relationship with a different type of emotional baggage, and life is good. However, when he accidentally breaks something of David’s, he remembers the abuse he once experienced for every little mistake and panics, and he lies to his Dom. David quickly figures out he’s lying, and is heartbroken that Kenneth remains so insecure and fearful following his former abuse, that he feels he cannot tell David the truth. Kenneth soon confesses, and David must punish Kenneth for lying without traumatizing him or breaking the trust of their loving D/s relationship.
I occasionally read D/s books, but I usually don’t enjoy ones that rely heavily upon the humiliation or subjugation of the submissive partner. Since I didn’t know what to expect from Singer’s novella Broken, I was a little hesitant when I began the story. What I found was an unexpectedly inspirational story of two men who have been badly wounded during their lives, and who both treasure and fear losing their current loving D/s relationship. There are no over the top D/s sex scenes, and certainly no humiliation or harsh pain meted out in Broken. Instead, these two men face the hurdle of trusting their partner to not hurt them – and they do so with love, a bit of mild D/s “punishment”, and support of each other.
I really like the depiction of the relationship between Kenneth and David. Kenneth is the sub in the relationship, but David is not interested in Kenneth being his pet. He wants Kenneth to be his partner first, and his submissive second. David clearly respects and loves Kenneth, and wants to provide for him the security and freedom to be himself within their relationship.
I recommend Broken to anyone who enjoys the story of two broken men finding love and security with each other. And if you don’t usually read D/s books, I encourage you to tip toe across your comfort limit and try this one!
I would like to thank JMS Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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