Prism Book Alliance® has done a team review for The Good Boy by Lisa Henry and J.A Rock.
Title: The Good Boy
Author: Lisa Henry & JA Rock
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Introverted college student Lane Moredock is in a bad place. His mother has been arrested for securities fraud, his father is on the run, and everyone, including the SEC, suspects Lane knows where the missing millions are. Lane, with no money and nowhere to live, makes a desperate deal that lands him in trouble and leaves him unwilling to trust a so-called Dom again.
Photographer Derek Fields lost money to the Moredocks, and is as sure as anyone that Lane is guilty despite his claims. A chance meeting with Lane shows him there might be something more to the young man than arrogance and privilege, and Derek wonders if Lane might be just what he’s been looking for: a sub with the potential to be a life partner.
As Lane slowly begins to open up to Derek and explore his needs as a submissive, the investigation closes tighter around him. Lane might be everything that Derek wants, but first Derek needs to trust that Lane is innocent–and Lane needs to trust Derek with the truth.
Paisley’s Review : 4.5 Stars
The Good Boy is a story that is quite complicated, yet it is very easy to enjoy. It is very full and very layered, and I find myself thinking a lot about it. Thinking about it while I am reading it, and thinking about it after I have finished. Some books you can read and be done, this is not that kind of book.
When I first read this story I was intrigued because I had heard many comments about the “puppy play” aspect to the BDSM theme of the story. The funny thing is that I hardly noticed it.
Why would that be? I had to ask myself – was I so jaded by reading bad smut that I didn’t even react to it? I think that I was so caught up in the plot and the characters, that the BDSM aspect of it really didn’t phase me. There were some very hot sex scenes, and some that were done with a lot of love in them. All in all I found it to be very well balanced.
Okay, so it probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. If you can’t read about: past abuse, BDSM, or adults who take advantage of the weak, or potty-mouthed parrots, or characters who need a little humiliation to make their world okay, then don’t bother with this one – you will not like it. That being said, if you like stories with interesting characters and real emotions along with some very intense scenes, this is a fantastic story and it is worth investing the time to read it.
I love books about characters who need each other and save each other. I love a good HEA. I always say that I am easily entertained, but this one worked hard to entertain me – and it did a great job of it.
God I loved that parrot!
Teresa’s Review : 5 Stars
This was a re-read for me and I still I couldn’t put it down! Everything rode the edge between too much and not enough for me when it came to the BDSM vs abuse details. Acton Wagner’s actions were awful but Derrek was so gentle – well as gentle as you can be when you are spanking someone 🙂
I’m not usually a fan of huge age gaps, but this felt right with the “puppy” play rather than a “daddy” relationship. I loved how the “puppy” play didn’t dehumanize Lane but let him feel safe and loved. It let him be the good boy he wanted.
I also liked the menagerie of animals that co-starred in the book. Mr. Zimmerman was hilarious.
Christine’s Review : 5 Stars
I re-read The Good Boy for this retro read review, and I am ashamed to say that I had forgotten just how special this story truly is.
Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock are gifted with brutally honest writing styles, so fluid and well paced, that it is impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. I had forgotten how engaging the to-die-for dialogue was and how it ranges from hilarious to raw to sweetly intimate. I don’t know how I could have forgotten the vibrancy of the secondary characters and how their clarity and color makes them pop from the page, their uniqueness vivid and bright, even the foul-mouthed macaw from hell.
I had forgotten just how much I loved Lane and Derek and how stunningly beautiful their relationship is. The depth of trust and tenderness that grows between them is gorgeous to witness. Their movement forward as a couple as individuals is satisfying to say the least, a true testament to having faith in others and in one’s self and in the belief that there is good residing beneath deceptive exteriors. These two men harbor vulnerabilities, flaws, and strengths that make them human, believable, and lovable. Together they are breath taking, their scenes emotionally charged and captivating. Lane displays incredible courage in the face of overwhelming adversity and victimization, and his character development and internal struggle are some of the most poignant I have ever read. Derek’s ability to work through his anger and resentment in order to reach out in kindness and concern is beyond inspiring. Plus, he’s one hot Dom.
I cannot say enough about the brilliance of this book. It is one of the finest examples of D/s, m/m romance and an exceptional collaboration from two authors who have taken their place among my very favorites. That, my friends, I won’t forget.
Josie’s Review : 5 Stars
The Good Boy is a complex, gritty, but ultimately beautiful masterpiece. I couldn’t tear myself away from it, I was captivated from the first page, the writing flows beautifully and the ending is just perfect.
I already adore JA Rocks writing. Lisa Henry is new to me but she will be a must read from now on as well. Put these two writers together and what you have is an amazing story. The Good Boy in the story is Lane Moredock, when we first meet Lane he is broke, almost destitute, homeless and paralysed by fear, living in a cheap motel with scarcely enough money to feed himself and afraid of being turned out onto the streets. I felt Lane’s despair, his fear, his character was so well written that from the first page I wanted to help him, protect him, wanted someone to believe he wasn’t guilty of anything. I wanted him to find a home.
Derek Fields, a self-employed photographer, lost all his savings when Laura Moredock squirrelled away her millions. He hates the Moredock’s, is convinced Lane must know where the money is and resents him for not telling the authorities. What can I say about Derek, he was so visceral, I felt his anger, his helplessness and frustration. He was drawn to Lane from the moment he first saw him, he wanted to despise him but couldn’t.
The way the relationship between Derek and Lane slowly developed was perfect. Derek is a Dom and from the beginning he recognises that Lane is scarred. He is gentle, offering friendship first, approaching Lane the way someone approaches a scared puppy, offering support first, which gradually develops into trust, respect and love. I was routing for them both all along, trusting that Derek would get through to Lane in the end. One of the ways that breaks through the barriers between them is Puppy Play, but it’s sweet and gentle, not humiliating in any way, and between them it’s just natural. What I loved most about this book was the way it puts us directly in the minds of both Lane and Derek, we saw their thoughts, feelings and emotions, it made them real people, people I cared deeply about. This book touched me in so many levels, but mostly it’s all about trust, what makes one person trust another when they are at their most vulnerable.
The story is also full of an exotic array of secondary characters, we have partners Brin and Ferg, Derek’s friends, Brin was priceless, by far my favourite secondary character, he’s an out an proud sub, a bit brash, but tempered by the quiet and sensible Ferg. Derek’s mum was lovely, right down to her ‘what did I do to make you want to hit people, should I have breastfed’ comment, and Chrissy, Derek’s sister who runs an animal rescue centre and lives with a menagerie of animals which include Mr Zimmerman the talking parrot, and an adorable mishmash of dogs, I particularly loved Andy the gold haired dog we first see in a cage in Chrissy’s yard, Andy distrusts people and sits with his back to everyone. The parallels between Lane and Andy were subtle but there and I felt that Andy’s journey back to trusting people mirrored Lane’s journey. I loved this book and look forward to more books by this amazing partnership.
This review by Josie was originally posted on Mrsconditreadsbooks.com, which is no longer online.
About the Author
I like to tell stories. Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. I wrote The Island & Dark Space, and co-wrote The Good Boy.
J.A. Rock lives in Alabama with a dog, Professor Anne Studebaker. J.A. writes LGBTQ BDSM romance and loves theater, tea, classic rock, and late night bike rides. Professor Anne loves the dog park, technology small enough to swallow, and drinking pond scum.
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