Author: Jaime Samms
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/26/2015
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance
With so many fences between them and happily ever after, two men wonder if it’s worth opening the gate.
Ten years ago Eddie Crane, an actor on the rise, loved his costar and dreamed of the day they could be together. But his love, with his submissive nature, couldn’t handle fame, and before Eddie could help him, he died in a car accident—with Eddie at the wheel.
Now, guilt-ridden, Eddie buries himself in bad decisions and prays that a stunt—on or off camera—will go wrong.
Teenaged fantasies about the actor on his wall distracted Arthur Pike from real life—his dead father, runaway mother, gruff grandparents, and his unrequited love for his cousin’s straight husband. Now grown and off the farm, Pike is a horse stuntman hired to teach a reluctant Eddie to ride.
Pike is drawn to Eddie’s dominant nature despite the sadness clinging to the actor. Eddie let one lover down, but in Pike’s submissiveness, he sees the possibility for redemption.
Bound to Fall goes straight onto my shelves of books I love. I am yet to find a book written by Jaime Samms that I don’t like. 350 pages was just not enough for me when it came to Eddie and Pike as I could have greedily and happily continued to read about them.
Eddie is a film star that has hit hard times. Dealing with the demons from his past which include a dead lover his life has spiralled out of control on a journey of drugs and booze. A new film offer may be his last chance at recovery and he moves onto a farm to learn how to ride a horse but more importantly clean up his act. As the story progresses it is clear in the years since his partner’s death he hasn’t dealt with his grief or his guilt and to some extent his poor choices have been enabled by his best friend and manager Margaret.
Pike grew up watching Eddie’s films and crushed on the man from afar. Never in his wildest dreams did he expect to meet the man and help him overcome his phobia of horses. Pike has been searching for ‘something’ for years but has never found anything to meet his expectations. In love and with a lot of hero worship towards his best friend Ryan who he works alongside daily he holds a lot of anger and confusion over where his life is going and he is constantly hiding a large and important part of himself.
Jaime Samms gives us two very mixed up men but oddly the one thing that doesn’t seem mixed up is their relationship. They quickly recognise in each other what they need but this is by no means a conventional D/s relationship. Eddie may be dominant but he is also world shy and falling apart and often it is Pike that takes control. Pike on the other hand may be submissive but he doesn’t gift Eddie with it easily. He needs to trust and is often so overwhelmed with how he feels that he becomes angry and scared. The beauty of this story for me was watching the two men build their trust and understanding of each other and not blindly jump into a power exchange where one of them could be hurt.
There is a lot of enabling in this book both from Ryan and Margaret of which neither man has been able to see clearly until they take a step back and help each other see their reality. Each of them helps the other, they almost have to deconstruct their current lives before they can move on but their support for each is impenetrable as they plan for a future together.
Beautiful story which I cannot recommend enough!
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