Début novella from this partnership…
Author: Jaycee Edward & Helena Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
When Army veteran Slade stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking.
Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.
Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.
This début from the collaboration of Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone is a pleasant, gentle BDSM tale best read as ‘a moment out of time’ story. This helps eradicate certain inconsistencies that would otherwise make the tale too unbelievable.
This is the story of two characters, Slade a young soldier suffering from PTSD, and Callum a stranger to Slade, who offers him shelter and then much more. The novella is in third person, but from two points of view, and in a tale of this length, I found this a little distracting.
BDSM is portrayed with a lot more respect than in many recent books – safe-words and after-care included – however, the trust shown and the ‘implements’ used from the beginning, are some of those ‘best read as a moment out of time’ issues I had.
Although, the age difference between the protagonists is not that great, there is a well written sense of age and authority beyond years where Callum is concerned, although he ‘chuckles’ too much for this reader. The description of his cabin is delightful and I could happily spend some time there.
Callum is Scottish /American? I wasn’t sure, but it didn’t really matter to the story, and I was so pleased to see the authors did not feel it necessary to write in a terrible brogue as some do. These collaborators respect the reader’s intelligence that if we are told the character has a slight Scottish brogue we will take note of that for the future.
I did get very emotional at one point and the ending was an HFN, which fitted the story.
Congratulations on your début. I look forward to seeing many more collaborations between these two authors in the future.
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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