Author: A.E. Lawless
Length: Novel (147 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (December 23rd, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Blurb: For actor Liam, anxiety and panic attacks are old friends, but they only get worse the more famous he gets. Nothing has ever worked to help him control the anxiety until his costar, Aaron, introduces him to bondage. Too bad Liam develops feelings for Aaron and ruins the only solution he’s ever found for his neuroses.
Aaron only wants to keep history from repeating itself. He’s already had one costar spin out of control, resulting in her tragic death, he can’t just sit idly by and watch another friend and colleague destroy himself from the inside out. He’ll do anything to keep that from happening–even enter into a non-sexual BDSM arrangement with him.
What starts out as a way to control Liam’s anxiety becomes so much more. At least for Liam. So, tired of pretending he doesn’t want Aaron in his life for good, Liam decides to give him the perfect Christmas gift. The kind that will show Aaron exactly what Liam wants from their relationship: the collar he’s been dreaming of Aaron putting on him for months.
Review: A very refreshing take on BDSM!
I really enjoyed the fact that Liam’s introduction to BDSM wasn’t really sexual, and wasn’t really defined as such at the start of this sexy story. The light bondage and slight pain was meant to be a distraction Aaron used to help his friend come down from his anxiety attacks, but as the occurrence goes on, and Aaron does research to develop new sessions to help Liam, lines get blurry and everyone gets confused, even at times me!
Liam tries to deny these sessions are something deeper, but he’s ignoring his own feelings, and letting Aaron ignore them too. Scene after scene gets hotter, and eventually we know it’s going to blow up in their faces, the question is can they acknowledge what is going on? Is this really more than a non-sexual method to help a friend, or are they both in total denial?
When Liam flees home to hide from his troubles and celebrate Christmas, he’s reminded that no matter how this turns out, his family has his back and the comforts of home still exist. Hearts will be broken, but can they be mended?
Such a great story for those who enjoy the BDSM genre, a very fresh view!