Author: James Buchanan
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Design
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/15/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance
The wilds of San Francisco are a long way from the rural-Utah beat of Deputy Joe Peterson.
Kabe’s former Dom, the man who protected him in prison, dies and Kabe, along with Jack’s other boys, returns to The City to pay their respects. Joe wonders where he fits in after seeing Kabe at home, with the family and friends he left behind. When he agrees to help track down one of the missing boys he can’t understand Kabe’s aversion to his getting involved.
The emotions dredged up by the search, and Kabe’s slipping back into his old out-of-control life style, pitch them along like the rough surf Kabe has so missed riding. If they can find the balance between love, respect and their lifestyle, they may just be able to discover a place Joe thought was closed to him forever.
A few words in advance: The first book in this series, Hard Fall, came out back in 2009, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I can only admire how Joe’s narrative voice carrys through all four books; his local slang and the small crumbs of beautiful, beautiful poetry he drops now and then, almost as if despite himself, make him a very distinct narrator. I loved listening to him right from the start.
Anyway, Joe. His character is something special and in my opinion, one of the best-drawn I’ve ever read. First, he’s Mormon, and not only in name, he lives his faith, even though his religious community rejected him for being with Kade. Joe is a rock, a strong, dependable man, a protector at heart, as unshakable in his convictions as he is in his love for Kabe. And Kabe himself–oh, he’s adorable despite the bad choices he made in the past (which, by the way, caused his and Joe’s paths to cross in the first place) and full of fire and passion, just the right guy, perhaps the only one, to break down Joe’s reserve and open a heart that had resigned to never be opened at all.
In Requiem in Leather, Joe and Kabe’s relationship has survived several pull tests already, but now they’ll have to face Kabe’s past. San Francisco, to be precise, and Joe feels like a clumsy boar thrown into the urbane frivolity that used to be Kabe’s world. It’s Joe who’s the outsider here–but in typical Joe-fashion he takes a step back, assesses, reconsiders and quietly takes back control, as is his nature. And solves a mystery along the way, almost like an afterthought.
I loved being in Joe’s head for this, loved watching him discover new truths about himself, about Kabe and about the world in general while staying true to who he is. But my greatest joy reading this book was watching Kabe reconnect with his past and watching him realize what a long way he’s come. His character grows in this book, but in reality, most of the growth has happened in the past already and now just breaks out in full bloom. It’s amazing, the ways Kabe and Joe’s relationship can still become deeper, richer, but it does, and I think it will continue to do so in the future, should there ever be another sequel to this series.
The BDSM aspect in this book is at once very important while at the same time, less pronouced than in the other volumes. Actually, I think this may be the most romantic of the series. There’s just so much emotion wrapped up in all of this, both for Joe and even more so for Kabe.
Requiem in Leather is definitely a series book, and I’d strongly advise against reading it as a standalone. For that matter, the whole series is a real treat and should be read in order for full enjoyment.
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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