RELEASE DATE: December 5th, 2015
BLURB: Dawson Thomas is a rent boy, a young man who goes out hoping to impress a man who’ll pay him to be a submissive for a kinky night together. One night he accompanies a friend to a BDSM club in New York. Raw Hide is a place where men gather to live out their fantasies and Dawson can’t believe his good luck when the owner invites him upstairs to be paid for a night of kink. When others whisper that the man is hideously deformed, calling him “The Monster”, Dawson remembers the cost of his tuition and puts aside his fears, accompanying the bodyguard to the man’s apartment. Each night, Cole Chambliss paces in his rooms above Raw Hide, watching beautiful submissives give themselves to their Doms, just a few steps down the stairs. Cole longs for days past when he could go out in public… when no one would stare at him in horror. After paying a bitter price when fighting for his country, Cole knows his days of walking among whole men are gone forever… that is until one night he takes a risk that terrifies him. The stunning submissive who’s caught his eye is something extraordinary and Cole decides he must chance everything for one last shot at happiness. One dark night, one desperate risk, and one horrifying request later, Cole hears the words he’s feared since his return from the war. “Say my name, Sir… please just… say my name…”
I’m a real sucker for beauty and the beast storylines, so firstly I would like to thank Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Ville for her original storyline, secondly I would to thank Walt Disney for making into a film and thirdly, I would like to thank Patricia Logan for taking it to a whole new level…a BDSM level. I’m sure Gabrielle and Walt will be turning in their graves!
This is the first book of a new series and what a start! – Insta love, reclusive wealthy club owner, rent boy and hot, sensual BDSM scenes that held a certain beauty all on their own, the book had it all.
Patricia Logan showed why she is Queen of BDSM, not only does she rule the Playrooms and Pits (her Royal Warrant of Approval stamped everywhere), she also rules the tugging of heart strings – where physical scarring, scars the brain so permanently, that isolation seems the only way, looking out through a glass window, onto a world he craves to join once again as the Dom he is, but knows he can never leave the self exile he has imposed on himself.
The author conveyed the desolation and then the feint glimmer of hope emerging, superbly.
The BDSM element was pretty hard core, but softened by little touches and then by spoken words of love, some may say a little “cheesy” considering some of the hard play but in this case, so appropriate for this particular storyline.
So why only 4.5*? I found one flaw in the storyline, that didn’t sit right with me and it bugged me. Dawson was a rent boy, we knew that from the very beginning and knew why, but at no stage did Cole ever question him about it! With Cole’s obsession concerning his privacy but watching everyone and everything that went on in his Club, it felt wrong, it was a conversation that should have happened but never did, so I’m going to be mean and knock off a ½ star.
Having said that, I loved it and can’t wait for book two – bring it on!
****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****