Book 2 in the Cuffs and Collars series
Author: K C Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.
Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?
This is the second book in the Cuffs and Collars series and was just as good as the first. I’m not usually a huge fan of large age gaps (there are thirty years between Thomas and Peter) but Peter being twenty-six helped. The care Thomas gives Peter naturally evolves and the care Peter reciprocates balances the d/s aspect of their relationship.
I was also glad that the abuse heaped on Peter, that one “Dom” tries to pass off as BDSM, is recognized for what it is and that they talk about pain not being necessary in a BDSM relationship. I know masochism is often found in BDSM, it is one of the letters after all, but I find that many D/S relationships also incorporate pain as punishments to the point that it becomes common and portrayed as needed when it isn’t always. You can have Doms and Subs and total power exchanges without physically harming anyone. Not that there is anything wrong with the S and M dynamic – it’s just not all there is.
Back to the story, I was happy to see Leo and Alex still working well together and could feel their love and support of Thomas and Peter. There were new characters introduced that I’m sure we’ll see more of in the future and I look forward to continuing the series.
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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