Author: C. Callenreese
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
The US Recession of 2007 stole Orion Hathaway’s job, his property value, and his savings. With nothing left, he lost something even more important: his mental health. No longer able to afford the fees to his favorite BDSM club, he becomes a hermit, retreating further into depression and the cocoon of his bed until his friends stage an intervention. They have the perfect solution to get Master O back on his feet. Despite his initial reservations, Orion discovers canine therapy might be just what he needs to become human again.
Roan Matthews is used to flaky Masters weirded out by his pup fetish. Deep down, he desires what all dogs want— a forever home. Unwilling participant Orion Hathaway seems an unlikely candidate at first, but Roan realizes if he can help pull Orion out of his depression, perhaps they can make a new home together.
–This was also included in Dreamspinner’s Mended Anthology
From the moment we meet Orion Hathaway we realise what a dark and desperate place his life has become. He is barely functioning on any level. His day consists of sleeping, applying for jobs, eating poorly and only when he remembers and hopefully taking his anti-depressants. Losing his job was the card that tipped the deck, unable to afford his mortgage his savings have gone along with all his hope. He can no longer afford his membership to the BDSM club that meant so much to him, his life to all intents and purpose seems to be no longer worth any effort.
When his friends take it upon themselves to interfere and try to rouse him out of his self imposed prison they come up with an unusual method. They deliver him a boy for the weekend who enjoys nothing more than being a puppy and is looking for a master to care for him.
Initially overwhelmed, a bit of responsibility might just be what Orion needs. Roan, or Pepper the puppy, leads a stressful life working in a hospital, and his down time is spent in puppy form without having to worry about anything other than playing, eating and cuddling. Roan takes to Orion at their first meeting and agrees to spend the weekend with him.
Company and the need to nurture someone else have a profound effect on Orion and for the first time in months he actually begins to feel. It is not an instant fix, he doesn’t suddenly wake up and everything is right in his world, but after such a dark period in his life he begins to think there may be hope.
These two men provide each other comfort, humour and fun. I enjoyed this short story. Puppy Play may not be everyones kink or idea of fun but for Orion and Roan it worked and brought them joy and a little peace. It is a story of healing and hope and doing what works to obtain it.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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