Cherished by Sara York ~ Review by Caroline

This is a book that I would advise

18399942Title: Cherished

Author: Sara York

Publisher: Wilde City Press

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Scotty Fuller is a man who demands order. His job as a librarian gives him the solace he needs, and a BDSM club provides him with the kind of entertainment he craves. That is until a cute young college student threatens to unglue his carefully pieced-together life and rip open old wounds.

Wesley Reese is a shy college student with a problem: he’s crushing on the librarian. On a dare he asks the handsome older man on a date, but dating Scotty requires more from Wesley than he can give. When the bondage restraints come out, Wesley knows he’s in too deep.

Will he change for love? Will he lose himself forever? Or will each man finally be… Cherished?

My View

 

This is very different from anything I have read by this author previously. This book has damaged characters, rape, violence, dubious consent and cheating.  As it has been out for a little while I will try not to delve into the story too much but concentrate on the characters.

Scotty is a librarian who craves control. His childhood was abusive but he has never once revealed the true depths of that abuse to anyone after escaping from it when he was 12. If anyone ever asked who your ideal Dom would be it certainly would not be this man. In previous ‘relationships’ he has not been able to show compassion, love or care. I perceived him as cold as uncaring and not until the last 10% of the story did I start to thaw to him. He demands rather than requests submission and I think the lines are blurred on whether he actually has consent sometimes.

Wesley is very innocent and finds himself attracted to Scotty. The first time they talk in the library should have raised alarm bells.  By the time they went on their first date to a BDSM club I felt like Wesley should have been running for the hills. He was way out of his depth, almost abused by another Dom and by the end of the night scared of Scotty. It is probably worth mentioning he had no idea about a D/s relationship so really was thrown in at the deep end.

Aaron, another Dom from the club, is a brute. A dangerous man who is being allowed to play out his psychotic games in a place where the emphasis should have been on safe, sane and consensual. When his depravity moves from the club to Wesleys home we end up with two men in hospital, one of which is nearly dead.

Although in the end Scotty and Wesley seem to make headway with their relationship I still couldn’t feel a real connection or any love. To me there was too much fear. Scotty clearly had too many issues from his past to deal with alone and Wesley was not in a good place after being attacked.

I have enjoyed many books by this author. As is true with anything in life you cannot always like everything all the time. That said, I didn’t dislike it but it is a hard and sometimes uncomfortable read that will not appeal or suit everyone.  At the end of the day this a story and that story is about damaged and violent people who don’t get it right all the time!

 

Buy Links:

Wilde City Press
Amazon

I would like to thank Wilde City for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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.

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