The Collars and Cuffs series:
- An Unlocked Heart – click here for review
- Trusting Thomas (book #2) – in this review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.
Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?
So what did I think?
“One day you will see things differently. One day you’ll awaken to sunshine, not just in your room but in your heart, and you’ll be able to step out of the shadows, to become the person you were meant to be.”
The character of Peter was beautifully written,so broken and sad. It was wonderful to watch his blossoming under the tender care of Thomas and the friendship provided by Alex.
Peter’s view of submission was warped by his experience with a cruel and uncaring man. Peter knew where his natural inclinations lay but his trust was abused until he lived a life in fear.
The story is very focused on Peter’s emotional healing, his learning to trust and ultimately learning to love while giving himself to a man who loves him in return.
Thomas is the man to meet all of Peter’s needs but it takes Thomas a while to come to that realisation. He is fearful of the significant age gap between Peter and himself and has been alone for so long that the club had become his focus. Thank goodness for good friends to help him see the light!
Abuse, emotion, submission, sex, love, friendship, drama…this book was a wonderful continuation of the series!
Another thing I did like was the small cross-over with the Learning to Love series characters. Detective Inspector Mark Saunders appears in this book and there is reference to his son Josh and his housemate Daniel – Daniel helpfully lent DI Saunders a cock-ring to fit out as a listening device! 🙂 Make sure you check out my review of that series. Josh’s story can be found here.
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