Author: JR Gray
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
With the legal trouble behind them, Daniel Caplin and Rafael Argon are ready to settle into a low-key D/s relationship, but life is unrelenting, when blackmail shatters their illusion of happily ever after. Pictures from one of the Rafael’s public scenes instill fear into his new submissive, Daniel, acting as a wedge driving the new couple apart.
The building peril in George’s community weighs heavy on his shoulders as he struggles to find the culprit—all while hiding his feelings for his new house guest. Jesse is torn between ending his marriage, picking up a rebound he should have left fifteen years in the past, and the dangling carrot of a possible relationship with a man. He is forced to fight for what he wants most, a leap he may be too chicken to take.
In the sequel to Legally Bound, George battles to take down an unknown enemy, while watching helplessly as those he cares for are broken beyond repair. Can Rafael and Daniel rebuild their trust after it’s broken with lies? Can George hold it together as Jesse is ripped from his life?
I read the first book in this series Legally Bound back in March. Although I liked the characters and the story line I disliked the way people were referred to and I thought it made it quite choppy to read. This book is completely different in its structure and was a pleasure to read. I was sorry when it came to the end.
Daniel and Rafael are moving on with their D/s relationship and for the most part things are working well for them. One of Daniels limits is a public performance, although he is keen to try, and Rafael is all for pushing limits and organises a night for it to happen at his best friends BDSM club.
In the interim somebody is photographing Doms and subs in compromising positions and threatening to send them to the press effectively outing people and damaging their personal lives and careers. Although Daniel is not really concerned about himself he does worry what his family would think, the pressure becomes too much and he runs seriously jeopardising his relationship with Rafael.
The best part of this book for me was George aka ‘The King’ and Jesse. George is uncompromising in his brutality and cold persona and very much the sadist. He cares very much for his slaves and his very small circle of friends but that care never involves much emotion. We don’t know what happened in his past but clearly it was not good and it has left him detached from nearly everyone…..and then in comes Jesse with his motor mouth and propensity to say what he thinks and George just can’t seem to stay away.
Jesse is Daniels work partner and we met him in book 1. Straight, married for ten years and deeply unhappy. His wife Cill is a vile woman who has manipulated him totally and runs his life ensuring he is unhappy. Until the day he snaps, finds some balls and walks out. He moves in with George and becomes fascinated with the man. This is not gay for you in any way; Jesse has always known he is attracted to both men and women, so there is no panic, just a little bit of anxiety at exploring this side of him.
I felt Jesse was always in complete control with George something he never had in his marriage and it was this point that made the story for me. He is sure he wants to explore the more submissive side of himself yet he is also sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that he does not want to become just another slave. He challenges George every step of the way and it not only earns him respect from the cold sadist it also earns him love. George may actually have a heart after all!
The investigation into the blackmail took a back seat in the story for me compared to George and Jesse. Just when you think they have worked their new relationship out Cill raises her despicable head again and truly hits the bottom of the barrel. Heart ache follows but help comes from the strangest of places when it seems all is lost. I was fist pumping the air on the last page.
I feel like this story hasn’t ended for me yet and I hope the author continues on with these characters. I would love to learn more about George and what skeletons he has in his closet. Elliot needs a happy ending and I wonder whether we will see anymore of him and Jared.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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