Title: Serving Him
Series: The Retreat 01
Author: L.M. Somerton
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
Length: Novella (151pgs)
Publisher: Pride Publishing (24th July 2018)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.75 Hearts
Blurb: An escape from the real world can only ever be temporary.
Rowan Stanton knows he is submissive. He loves to look after people but the country hotel he works at can’t quite fulfill his need to serve. When he succeeds at getting a new role as houseboy at The Retreat, an exclusive BDSM hideaway in the New Forest, he believes it’s his dream job. Inexperienced in many ways, he soon realizes he’s not as prepared as he thought for the demands placed upon him.
Lorcan Wilder is young, rich and successful. He’s also haunted by nightmares and has sacrificed a decade to his business. Selling it gives him the freedom to explore his Dominant side and four weeks at The Retreat are the start of a new life. He doesn’t expect the young submissive employed to serve him will have such a profound effect on him. Exploring and pushing Rowan’s boundaries is exactly what Lorcan needs to separate himself from his past.
Lorcan makes full use of The Retreat’s facilities, from the genuine dungeon to the secret toys concealed in every room. He rediscovers his energy for life and gradually re-engages with the world. However, his efforts to compartmentalize the past ultimately fail and he comes to realize what he’s always known—that true submissives have an inner strength he can only envy.
By the end of his stay, Lorcan can’t let Rowan go, though he thinks he must. What will convince him that he’s allowed a happy ever after, and will he find the courage to accept it?
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Review: Rowan gets his dream job at an exclusive BDSM retreat where he is able to put his submissive side to good use helping dominants. Lorcan decides on a long retreat after selling his business.
When Rowan and Lorcan meet the pages do not seem big enough to contain the sparks and passion between these two as they get to know each other better.
I liked the atmosphere of the story and the struggles that the characters are going through as they traverse their new lives. The actual retreat was breathtaking and very isolated. I did notice that this series seems similar to Tales From the edge which was a great series.
Overall this story was a beautiful start to the series. Awesome read.