Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond; Photo by Terry J Cyr
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/22/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance
Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.
Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.
Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend, Leo, set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.
They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.
The latest visit to Collars and Cuffs sees Dorian finally getting his story. For anyone familiar with the series Dorian is a pain slut and not always a nice person. He has been through most of the club Dom’s and still hasn’t found what he is looking for. His yearning for a contract, for a lover, for that feeling that is just out of his reach causes him to make a stupid decision and he finds himself alone in a BDSM club in Germany.
Alan Marchant joined the club as a Dom about 18 months ago and in that time has had scenes with quite a few of the subs but never Dorian. He has however been watching Dorian closely especially after he saw the sub with another Dom and things didn’t quite end as expected. At Leo’s surprise wedding he finally makes the decision to approach Dorian but sadly he is too late. Dorian is already in Germany by the time Alan gets himself together and when it becomes apparent Dorian has got himself in trouble Alan ends up going on a rescue mission. What he finds bundled up in a hotel room doesn’t resemble the bratty sub he has come to know.
Dorian has been tortured in the worst possible way and Alan makes a snap decision that it will fall to him to put him back together again.
Of all the books in this series I think this one has the biggest hurt. When we finally get to see who Dorian really is and what he really wants you can’t help feeling like your heart breaks a little. Alan is the perfect person to give it to him as he is the only person in a long time who actually sees the real Dorian but after what happens in Berlin he may have left it too late. As the facts come out you see the true and horrific torture that Dorian survived and the very real damage that he will have to live with forever.
Dorian isn’t the only one who has to come to terms with a painful past if these two men are to succeed. Although Alan’s pain is very different and from long ago it still lingers. It isn’t something he ever talks about to anyone but as their bond grows and they start to trust each other he finds he can share his secrets and his fears and unburden himself.
As often happens with KC Wells books the epilogue is epic and is everything the characters and the reader deserves after such a harrowing journey.
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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