The Collars and Cuffs series:
- An Unlocked Heart (book #1) – click here for review
- Trusting Thomas (book #2) – click here for review
- Someone To Keep Me (book #3) – in this review
Someone To Keep Me by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.
Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.
So what did I think?
I was always going to like this story – I enjoyed the first two books in the series and I love the authors – and I wasn’t disappointed. Was it perfect? No. Was it hugely enjoyable? Yes!
This is the story of Scott and Ben. Scott is very young and extremely naive and innocent, having lead a sheltered life in the US. He heads across the globe to Manchester, without money or clothes, to meet up with Jeff, a guy he met online. When Scott is stood up by Jeff, Ben just happens to be at the airport in Manchester and takes him under his wing.
At first I was worried about Scott’s youth and whether he was being taken advantage of. Although eighteen he had been home-schooled and had no life-experience. He did not go out much, had not friends and didn’t even watch television. But the story handled him very sensitively and the development of his relationship with Ben was a slow journey.
Ben is a barman at the Collars & Cuffs club and he is supporting his mother by paying for her to be in a home for the elderly. He has limited money which makes him reluctant to look after Scott. I liked the way this lead character was not the typical rich Dom but rather a ‘real’ everyday-type character. I must admit that Ben didn’t seem very Dom-like at first but he really was a wonderful match for an innocent such as Scott. This is not heavy BDSM with only a few scenes including some exhibitionism.
I’m not a huge fan of the first person but I liked the alternating POVs. There were a few plot holes or events that were unexplained or unlikely but this really didn’t bother me. I just enjoyed getting stuck into the story and waiting for Ben to wake up to himself – he was infuriating at times – the events at the 90% mark were surprising!
Highly recommended, particularly if you’ve read the earlier books in the series as the characters from these books feature in Someone To Keep Me.
To find out more about K.C. Wells and her books visit her website.
To find out more about Parker Williams’ books visit his Goodreads Author profile.