Losing Control by Riley Hart ~ Book Review by Caroline

23154952 Title: Losing Control

Author: Riley Hart

Publisher: *Not Listed

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

On the surface, Ben seems to have it all: money, influence, good looks. He smiles and jokes in all the right places, but it’s all a façade. Inside he’s a wreck, and it’s only getting worse. With his Congressman father using Ben’s recent kidnapping for his own political agenda, and Ben still struggling to get over the only guy he’s ever loved, he feels like he’s losing his grip on reality and he’s quickly spiraling out of control.

Then he meets Dante, an enigma of a man with as much self-hatred as Ben has. In Dante, Ben finds what he didn’t know he needed: Dante’s control, his power, is the only thing that clears the fog in Ben’s brain. For the first time in his life, Ben has a lover who just might need Ben as much as Ben needs him. When they’re together, the demons from their pasts don’t lurk so heavily on their shoulders.

But Dante can’t fix him. Not when a memory from Ben’s past is haunting him in ways he doesn’t understand, waiting for him to put together the missing pieces in his head…and what he discovers just might have the power to break him for good.

Warning: light BDSM themes and mentions of abuse.

Caroline’s View:

Losing Control was a stark look at a man who we had come to know via Tristan’s story but in reality we didn’t know at all. He was the man who always seemed in control, who was always trying to drag Tristan into the land of the living and who was finally left devastated when Tristan found not one but two men to love.

When we meet Ben now he is barely hanging on. He still hasn’t returned to work after his kidnapping, he is avoiding Tristan as he feels unable to cope with his jealousy, he is drinking far too much and spending his nights having meaningless sex in BDSM clubs that hold little or no interest to him. We learn the heartache of Ben’s childhood and the increasing pressure that it’s putting on his current life leaving him unable to sleep without nightmares.

As he watches a particularly erotic scene one night in the club he can’t help but notice the Dom. Dante uses the clubs as a means of release but very little impacts his cold demeanour. He is quite a difficult character to like initially as his persona is extremely closed off. Only as we learn about his past and what he has lost do we learn about the real man leaving it late on in the book before I felt any real connection between the two men.

They dance around each other for weeks and for the first time in his life Ben allows another man to take full control. Dante is demanding and there is always an order to follow or a demand to be met. As much as he tries to stay aloof where Ben is concerned the man worms his way in but until Dante is brave enough to admit how he feels and talk about his perceived past failings there doesn’t seem to be much hope.

Riley Hart has given us two more broken men, both fighting their demons and trying to keep their heads above the water. It’s not always an easy read and it’s often heart breaking. I loved getting a glimpse of Dante’s POV at the end proving that he wasn’t as unaffected as he tried to appear.

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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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