Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/27/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance
Two months after Mitch Jenkins had the rug pulled out from under him when his two-year relationship came to an abrupt end, he is still hurting. A colleague’s attempt to cheer him up brings Mitch to a secret “club.” Mitch isn’t remotely interested in the twinks parading like peacocks, until he spies the young man at the back of the room, nose firmly in a book and oblivious to his surroundings. Now Mitch is interested.
Nikko Kurokawa wants to pay his debt and get the hell out of the Black Lounge—where he is forced to not only have sex, but sometimes suffer abuse to please clients. Earning his freedom isn’t proving easy, especially when he starts attracting interest. Life becomes that little bit easier to bear when he meets Mitch, who is nothing like the other men who frequent the club. And when Mitch crawls under his skin and into his heart, Nikko figures he can put up with anything. Before long he’ll be out of there, and he and Mitch can figure out if they have a future together.
Neither of them counted on those who don’t want Nikko to leave….
The blurb does a really good job of outlining this story but what is doesn’t give you are the intricacies. It doesn’t tell you how Nikko ends up working in a secret club submitting to all demands made of him regardless of his safety or health. It doesn’t tell you who Nikko was before or who he could be after. It doesn’t tell you just what a douche Mitch’s friend is who introduces him to the club or prepare you for the danger that that decision involves.
I really enjoyed Debt. It’s a slow story to begin with and although you can’t immediately put your finger on what’s wrong you instinctively know that something is. As the facts creep in there is a sense of despair as you are made to realise just how bad the situation is for Nikko but also how little positive affect Mitch seems able to provide.
Mitch is Nikko’s first customer and the gentleness and compassion he shows the young man becomes like a beacon for Nikko to hold onto when things get really bad. Both remember the other for different reasons initially, Mitch is enchanted with Nikko and although the club is something he is certain he has no wish to become involved with the draw is too big, the money is inconsequential when he needs to see Nikko again as much as he needs to breathe. Ironically Mitch finds it’s not the sex that draws him back to what is essentially a sex club but the need to touch Nikko, to hold him and to just be in the same space.
When Nikko’s future becomes crystal clear to him there is a sense of urgency that confronts both men. The too good to be true deal that Nikko has struck up is just that – too good to be true. It now remains to be seen just what Mitch can and will do to save the man he has fallen for and clear him of his debt. There are a great cast of characters in this book both good and bad who both add a lot to the story and have more to offer – I am curious as to whether we will see another book, it certainly feels like we should
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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