Author: Z Allora
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: K-Koji
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/15/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance
Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.
Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.
After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.
Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.
I have waited soooo long for this book!!
Was the wait worth it? Oh, hell yes!
If you are a fan of this author you will already be familiar with the two main characters, Andrew and Zack, from the Dark Angels series. Throughout that series a young Zack, who is the Angel’s drummer’s brother, was just discovering who he really was and was trying to become comfortable with his interests and desires involving BDSM. He also became completely infatuated with Andrew but his young age and family links deterred Andrew and Zack was left nursing a broken heart.
The start of Lock and Key overlaps with what we already know but very quickly reaches that awful point where Andrew turned Zack down breaking something in both of them. Andrews’s feelings for Zack are just as strong as the other mans but he believes he is doing the right thing in setting him free even if they are both unhappy.
Jump forward a couple of years and things are the same yet not. Andrew and Zack are both members of Entwined, a high class BDSM club, but Zack has buried his submissive side to stand the other side of the whip and he is extremely popular with the other subs. Andrew has to stand by and watch as the man he truly wants seems to enjoy his life with a lot of varied men, he also has to sit through awkward family meals and parties pretending to be happy whilst Zack does his best to avoid him.
When the club holds a charity fundraiser a few brave Doms are auctioned off to club members as subs for the weekend and of course Zack is one of them. I don’t think the question of his buyer was ever in any doubt but it’s almost too good to be true and Zack is initially in denial, even if only to himself, over his mystery owner. Getting together for this pair has been a long time in the making but everything for those two days are perfect – better than perfect actually until Zack’s self-doubt kicks in and he runs. A second rejection from the man he has been in love with for years would be just too much.
I enjoy this author’s writing immensely. I always feel like she puts her heart and soul into her stories and her characters are easy to fall in love with. I loved the switch element here as well as it’s not something you see often in BDSM stories. Whilst Zack and Andrew are sorting themselves out we get a bit of time with the Angel’s and these boys have a special place in my heart as they were some of the very first books I read when I started reading MM. I’ve re-read those books numerous times and I’m sure I will read them all again in the future. I hope this is not the last time we get to spend with them – the youngest Davis brother has certainly got a story to tell.
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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