Author: KC Wells and Parker Williams
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/16/2017
Length: 10 hours 09 minutes
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Romance
Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. When he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. So what if Jarod is probably twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? All he can see is what he’s always wanted—a sub who wants to serve.
Jarod spent twenty-four years with his Master before Fate took him. Four years on, Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughing stock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub?
After several missteps, Eli realizes that in order to find happiness, they will need friends who will understand. At a friend’s insistence, he visits Collars & Cuffs, where they are met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently and he dares to think he can have it all. Until a phone call threatens to take it all away….
Age gap isn’t my favourite trope. I don’t know why two humans with a noticeable age gap is hard to wrap my head around when I have no problem with centuries old vampires and werewolves with younger partners. It should be about life experience not what you look like.
And yet, I had a hard time picturing Eli and Jarod together. Personality wise, it was a good fit. They both had something to offer to each other and they worked well together. I think part of my problem was the narration. While Joel Leslie did a great job with the accents and giving each character personality, his voice pitch for Jarod made him sound like a 70 year old butler whenever he said “master”. It made it hard to keep a 50 year old man in my mind, and 50 really isn’t that old. I don’t think I would have had as much trouble it Jarod was the dominant one, but that is my own failing. I did like that this book tackled the age difference the other way around. For Real by Alexis Hall did the same thing, although both the sub and the dom in that was younger than Jarod. I think another problem was all the subs in the Collar and Cuffs series act younger than their actual age. It makes it that much harder to see older Jarod in the role.
Now, despite all that, I did enjoy the story, the sex, and the scenes. I liked being back in this world. I cried at the beginning when Jarod lost his master. It was so poignant and heartbreaking and set the stage for Jarod’s need.
So, if you love age gaps and BDSM, I’m sure you’ll love this book. Even if you don’t, it was still worth the read so I suggest you try it out, but maybe not in audiobook format.
While I like Joel Leslie’s voice. I had issues with how Jarod sounded. See above.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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