Initiation by Nik Valentine ~ Book Review by Caroline

20440936 Title: Initiation

Author: Nik Valentine

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


After a difficult start in life, Joey’s dreams are finally coming true after he is accepted to the college of his choice. He attempts to find what’s missing on a BDSM website and is invited to dinner by Gabriel. Joey finds comfort in Gabriel’s understanding of his needs and accepts an invitation to spend the weekend together so Joey can find out if being a sex slave is really what he wants.

Their weekend starts out rough when Gabriel finds out Joey kept an important secret from him, but they persevere, and Joey discovers he is made for the role Gabriel guides him into. Gabriel is a stern, temperamental Master, but this only makes the trust between grow until Joey can proudly say,

My name is Joey Mantello.
I am nineteen years old.
I am a sex slave.
I belong only to my Master, Gabriel.
I would have it no other way.

Caroline’s View:

This is a quick and easy read with two very likable characters that I would love to read more about.

Joey is nineteen, just starting out on his college life and is interested in learning more about submission. He has done his research, knows what his fantasies are and comes across as very level headed, he just has little idea about how to explore this side of himself.

Through a BDSM website he meets Gabriel Mason an experienced Dom who is quite a few years older and a wealthy and successful businessman. They hit it off from the start but both are wary. Gabriel had no plans on taking on a man with no experience and Joey is still very unsure of what he wants. After their first date Gabriel takes Joey to a friend’s house to see just how the lifestyle works and whilst Joey balks at some of the things he sees he is still very interested.

They plan to spend a weekend together to gauge their compatibility but it doesn’t go to plan when Joey omits a vital piece of information about himself and Gabriel is upset. As second chances go their next weekend runs much more smoothly and it is obvious they are well suited.

Given the age difference and the vastly different levels of experience this had the propensity to go very wrong but it worked out well in the end. Although Gabriel is gruff and quick tempered he took his responsibility to Joey extremely seriously. He never rushed him; he explained everything clearly and allowed Joey to explore this new side of himself safely.

They signed a contract very quickly, maybe a little too quickly and then the story abruptly ends. As the ending says ‘This was just the beginning’ I am hoping there will be another book where we can catch up with Gabriel and Joey and learn the rest of their story.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

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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