Title: Lock and Key
Author: Z. Allora
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, BDSM, Contemporary
Length: Novel (300 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 15, 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: When I first received this story I wasn’t too sure what to think about it. I have never really been into stories with BDSM and I was a bit leery at first with it. The BDSM is not really hardcore to me, but there are a lot of questions that were not answered. Also a lot of what happens in the story actually doesn’t sound right to me but it’s not really a bad thing I suppose. It is not really hardcore though.
Andrew and Zack met when Zack was eighteen years old. The attraction between them is very noticeable, but Andrew doesn’t want to mess things up with their brothers. Zack has this need and he wants Andrew to be the one to show him, to keep him. He wants to explore his desires to be a submissive. He had seen Andrew at the club and knew that Andrew would be the perfect man for him. Too bad he can’t get Andrew to agree.
Andrew sees Zack as a beautiful young man who he wants and needs. However after what had happened to his brother, he did not want to bring him any pain. However watching Zack at the club, he knows he has to do something. He is tired of watching him with others, and it is time to step up. He knows that the way he shut Zack down, that he had hurt the one man he wanted. He watched Zack push down his desires and became a dom instead. He also knew that was not what he wanted. So when Zack took the opportunity to sell himself, it is Andrew that needs to purchase him.
There is a lot of tension between these two. However the way the story was wrote out, just about drove me nuts. The story has a long and very slow build-up to get where they needed to be. Now for some it would play out perfect, however for me it made me loose interest in the story altogether. Even though the BDSM was not hardcore, it still came out like a porno story, which also brought it down in my eyes.
I could not get into the story like I should have. I also could not connect with the two men. I did not care for the pace nor the repetitive words that were used in the story. Both of these men did not come off a doms and the power was just not there. The club didn’t sound like any club I have ever heard of.
I am afraid that this is one story that I just didn’t care for or get into.