Author: G.B. Gordon
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/17/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Doran Callaghan doesn’t know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.
Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn’t know he had. Doran’s natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn’t seem to know about boundaries—or even to have any—and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.
While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran’s past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier—or himself—is a gamble he’s willing to take.
This is my first experience with G.B. Gordon’s works and I enjoyed this story. I will be honest and say that for the first part of the story I was very worried that this would turn into a Dom taking over and fixing his sub. But it never reached that point. Actually, it turned into something I liked, A Dom showing his sub how to desire fixing himself. Xavier was Doran’s leader in a lot of ways, but it was mostly in ways that allowed Doran to see his own flaws and address them himself. Doran ended up wanting to be that better person instead of being forced into it like he thought he needed.
However, there were times I didn’t quite understand things. I never understood why the men got together anyway. Other than the D/s dynamic, I never understood what each man brought to the relationship and I never understood why it became a love match. So many times the conversations between these men felt unfinished. The men would just get to the part where I felt they could make meaningful headway, only to shut back down and let the sex talk for them. It left me rather confused and annoyed. I was never fully able to understand these men together and that is why I struggled to understand their love.
Doran was so petulant and bordered on overly childish. There were times I felt the D.s dynamic was going to turn into a parent/child dynamic. And it almost got there, but the author pulled back just shy of creating Doran in such a way as he would never be good enough for Xavier. Xavier also almost become not good enough for Doran when he basically tried to dictate Doran’s life without bothering to get to know Doran beyond the superficial. I struggled with the relationship part of this story.
I did however, love the way the author handled Doran’s recovery. I loved that is was not a perfect and smooth fix. That Doran went through periods of denial, anger, acceptance, and transference. It was full of resentment and allowed Doran that bit of growth he needed to be a potential partner for Xavier.
I am not sure if this is a relationship that will last the ages, but the ending gives me hope that they will at least make a good go of it. There was fumbling and learning in the story that leads the reader to believe these men can work together as their future evolves.
All in all, I enjoyed this addition to the Bluewater Bay universe and look forward to more.
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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