Stroke Rate by LM Somerton ~ Book Review by Caroline

28452799Title: Stroke Rate

Author: LM Somerton

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/23/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance


Lucien Thorne likes to be in control, but the boy he wants to own may take some convincing.

Gorgeous but shy, Benedict Astor does his best to keep a low profile at the rowing club where he works. However, unbeknown to Benedict, he has attracted the attention of Lucien Thorne, rowing aristocracy, an Olympic medallist and a Lord.

Whilst looking for a new rowing partner, Lucien believes he has found what he needs in Ben. He pushes him to his limits on the water and it becomes clear that rowing with the pretty young man is not his only interest. Ben is attracted to Lucien but confused about his feelings. Lucien is demanding, arrogant and dominant—which Benedict responds to even though he feels he should resist.

Fighting emotions he doesn’t understand, Ben has to contend with the bullying rowing club president and a humiliating auction of promises.

Lucien recognises Ben’s hidden submissive streak and makes his own need for control very clear. He bids for Ben’s time and then forces Ben to admit to his own desire to test the ground between them.

When the deeds to the boat club are gambled away, Lucien and Ben must work together to save it. Will their growing love survive the pressure, Ben’s uncertainty and Lucien’s desire to own him completely?

My View:

Ben Astor’s job is to look after the local rowing club and all that that entails giving him somewhere to live whilst he finishes his college degree. He is a painfully shy virgin with a craving for pain and as the old saying goes “be careful what you wish for”.

When Lucien barges into his life he may get all that he has dreamed of and more.
Lord Lucien Thorne is rowing royalty after winning his Olympic medal. Although no longer competing at that level everyone at the club wants to sit in that boat with him but Lucien only wants one man and rowing isn’t the only thing on him mind.

The differences between the two are vast – wealth, confidence and experience to name just a few. Lucien lands in Ben’s life like an out of control bull and makes it clear from the start that he has no intention of leaving again, something that Ben struggles to accept at first as low self-esteem is Ben’s friend. I love a good Alpha male but Lucien was a bit much sometimes and I felt like Ben was trodden all over at the beginning but then Lucien would show a glimpse of a softer side. Ben was smitten but unsure to begin with, his confidence issues holding him back.

As well as their relationship the story sees the pair having to defend the honour of the club after the club bully leaves them in dire straits. Seb was an awful character and I wonder if the author will try to redeem him in future.

Overall this was a kinky little read and proves that opposites really do attract.


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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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