Author: Joseph Lance Tonlet
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Preston Joseph Hultz
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/01/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance, Taboo
Wes has spent his life looking for that one special guy who will understand and love him—all of him. From his tender vanilla side, to his darker debauched side.
Throughout high school, his successful career in the Marines, and as a BDSM Dom, he’s remained confident his partner is out there waiting to be found.
However, several events shake his normally unflappable self–assurance.
And, even after he finds Grif, will his past catch up with him and possibly drive his soul mate away?
Tags: GAY, EROTICA, BDSM, D/s, DEGRADATION, SPH, BITTERSWEET
Wes’ Denial is book 2 in the Tease and Denial series by Joseph Lance Tonlet, it is an incredible and perfect follow up, but you must read Grif’s Toy first. Both books feature the same characters, follow their ups and downs and give you differing opinions that will slowly unravel an epic love story from the beginning through to a very emotional end. Grif’s Toy was one of my favourite books of 2014 and you can find what I had to say about it here.
Where we got to know Grif in the first book we now get to know Wes and I think once you have read his story the overall story makes much more sense. Both of these men have a need that the other fills and however society would choose to look at it it definitely works for them. This is a very kinky story with a lot of sex that delves into humiliation and control that some readers will no doubt find uncomfortable but it’s also a love story and that part is pretty epic as both these men love hard and completely. They quite literally live for each other…
As with the first book this story jumps around between the past and the present and as with the first book it works well. Joseph’s writing is raw and emotional and to find out how his men got to where they are now you need to see where they have previously been. Wes has his demons from the past and as hard as he tries to hide them he inevitably brings them to his relationship with Grif. Wes has many fears but the biggest is that Grif will see him in a different light, will think less of him or will walk away thus destroying him. Every aspect of his relationship with Grif is built on honesty and withholding his past from the man he loves is not doing either of them any good.
The writing here is beautiful, the story is compelling and every word from start to finish is perfect. Joseph’s stories just get better every time – he is an author I know will deliver something a bit different that will hook me right in. There is such depth to both his characters and their lives. The ending left me devastated and was something I thought about often for days after I finished the book. This is definitely a conclusion to the story of Wes and Grif – but what a conclusion it is!
This has undoubtedly made it onto my list of best books in 2016.
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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