RELEASE DATE: June 22th
BLURB: Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.
Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend Leo set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.
They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.
“Make me soar” is the sixth book in the series Collars & Cuffs by KC Wells.
Although the story itself is quite limited to the two main characters, I do not recommend you to read it as a standalone. You need to first read the other books in the series, because they give completeness to the history and especially to the character of Dorian.
Since the beginning of the series, I do not think there is one person who likes Dorian, he is the kind of character you love to hate, mainly because he has tried to spoil the love story of Leo and Alex, perhaps the most beloved characters in the series. But this is also the reason why he is a character that has always intrigued me, and when I saw the promo of this book, I could not wait to see what surprises were in store.
Already in the fourth book of the series, A Dance with Domination, we started to see some small cracks in his armor.
Dorian feels deep envy for couples that have formed in the club because he has always been a pain slut, he has never managed to get a Dom for longer than a few months, he was always looking for something else.
This book opens with the deep crisis that is going through Dorian. He feels an impasse in his life, he must do something, change something. Therefore, he decides to go to Berlin to study the life of the club of the German capital, but an unfortunate encounter causes him pain.
Alan is the only Dom who can see something else in Dorian, over and above the sub that is always in search of pain. When he learns that Dorian went to Berlin, he leaves immediately with Leo to go to find him.
When he finds Dorian, he finds a guy broken in body and soul.
Back in Manchester, he takes Dorian home with him and he begins to show a new reality to the guy, replacing the pain with sensuality and raising up in Dorian doubts that he never knew what he was really looking for.
After so much antipathy for this character in previous books, here we love Dorian for his fragility, but also for his strength, because it is not easy to recover.
Alan is a positive character, a balanced and inclusive Dom who works as a writer of gay novels, but he has his own invisible wounds, too. It’s nice to see how these two characters complement and help each other heal.
Most of the story takes place away from the club, although we get to see some of the characters we have loved from the previous books. In this one, the BDSM element isn’t as strong as previous books, but the first scene of Dorian and Alan in Collars & Cuffs is beautiful.
K.C. Wells was very good at drawing a character so different from what we had known in earlier books. Sure, the first part of the book is very dramatic, there are scenes that are difficult to read, that upset my stomach, but is very well balanced with the rest of the story.
The delicacy of the relationship between Dorian and Alan, the discovery of sensuality to the sub instead of the pain that he has always sought, makes the book different from the previous ones but really very nice.
I had very high expectations for this book and I have not been disappointed.
In each book, the author can enrich all of the characters, an does it brilliantly. I know I will be very sad when this series comes to an end.