An interesting look at a very light version of domestic discipline being used to bring structure to Jeff’s life after he was physically and mentally abused. It was really hard to read about Jeff’s abuse. It was also sad to read about the loss of Damian’s sub. The story takes place over several months giving the characters the time they needed to heal from their past and begin to fall in love with each other. Since all of their dialogue seemed to center around helping Jeff get some structure in his life, I had a hard time believing that they were truly in love. Instead, it seemed like they fell in love with the roles each of them was playing in the other’s life.
Although it’s not necessary to read the other books in this series, several of the characters from the earlier books kept popping in.
The man who pimped Jeff may be in prison, but Jeff is still living the nightmare, selling himself to men and relying on pills to manage. Then he meets Scott, a young American man who could easily have been where Jeff is now. Scott’s friends extend a helping hand to Jeff, and he grabs it.
Leo and Thomas bring Jeff to stay with Dom Damian Barnett until they can find him someplace more long-term. Still grieving from losing his sub to cancer two years before, Damian agrees to help. But when he glimpses the extent of the damage, Damian wants to do more than offer his guestroom. Jeff is not a submissive, but Damian can see he desperately needs structure in his life. It’s up to Damian to find an answer.
He never expects that what he discovers will change both their lives.