Risk Aware by Amelia C Gormley ~ Book Review by Caroline

29231360Title: Risk Aware

Author: Amelia C Gormley

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L C Chase

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/09/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance


Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?

Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he’s not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn’t helped by the fact that Geoff’s unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.

Geoff’s hemophilia isn’t the obstacle he thinks it is. Instead, a lack of trust—on both their parts—is what could end them before they have a chance to begin.

My View:

I loved this book!

This is a really thoughtful look at what happens when your desires are hindered by expectations and real life.

Geoff Gilchrist is a haemophiliac whose desires are heavily layered with a masochist streak. His desires have never been met, he spent his early years being cosseted by an overprotective mother and being told he couldn’t or he shouldn’t, and now he can he can’t find anyone brave enough or determined enough to deal with all his hang-ups and restrictions. A break at a hotel with his best friend Jace where there are a myriad of leather clad men at a fundraiser is a personal kind of hell for Geoff until he runs into Robin.

Robin Brady is a Dom who has left his previous life behind after being betrayed by his former sub and hasn’t yet decided whether he can return to the lifestyle. He’s had his confidence and trust truly dented but when he spots Geoff at the bar he is drawn to the yearning in his eyes for something he is sure he can provide.

This is a complicated story with two men who have more baggage than an airline! Geoff is prickly when it comes to his illness and will not stand for anyone who wants to cosset him or make him feel like he needs help. Robin is all about being safe and once he comes to realise just how dangerous Geoff’s illness can be he demands honesty from him, he demands that he be allowed to look after him after a scene and this doesn’t sit well with Geoff at first. There is a lot of negotiation that happens which is good but is often also frustrating for them but it felt necessary and I loved how the author progressed with the story.

They each chip away at the other insecurities until suddenly what they have is much bigger than just playing together. There is a depth to their feelings that neither man expected and perhaps neither was really ready for but it feels right. The BDSM scenes are designed to help Geoff as much as possible and as someone who reads a lot of BDSM I found them interesting and well thought out. There are set backs along the way that raise more fears, different fears, and have Geoff rethinking his outlook on life entirely but by then they have grown as a couple and they have worked out their trust issues and the story ended for me in a really good place.


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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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