Author ~ Morticia Knight
Publisher ~ Totally Bound Publishing
Published ~ 6th March 2015
Genre ~ M/M Erotic Romance, BDSM, Historical
Master Thomas sees a submissive man aching for surrender if only Linus can be convinced not to fear The Hampton Road Club.
Linus never wants to return to Hampton Road after being attacked by a Master there. Even though he aches for the attention of Master Thomas—the one who he’d originally wanted—he isn’t sure he can ever trust another Master not to abuse him again.
Thomas is furious with himself for not protecting the beautiful young submissive whose company he’d enjoyed on a few occasions. He’s relieved that there have been some recent changes to help protect the men who offer themselves at the sadomasochism club. It’s about time to bring Hampton Road into the progressive age of the 1920’s. Now that the new rules are in place, perhaps he can woo Linus into giving him a chance.
As Thomas goes out of his way to be kind to him, Linus wonders if he’s misjudged the Master. He’s still not sure if there’s a future for them. What if he never wants to surrender to another man? When he allows Thomas to teach him the joys of Dominance and submission, Linus discovers that he not only wants to surrender, he wants to be claimed permanently. If only Thomas’ old life doesn’t come back to haunt them and destroy their chance of being together forever.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of figging and piercing.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
I don't usually read historical books, and although this one isn't set in the dark ages, it is set in the 1920s. Linus is a shy young man who had been learning about being a submissive when he got taken in by the evil Preston and very nearly raped. Since that time he vowed never to go to the Hampton Club (an exclusive S/M club for men) again. Thomas, one of the Masters and on the board of the club had done a couple of scenes with Linus in the past and found the young man fascinating. There's a suggestion that Linus found "the whole world of men" confusing, but the author doesn't elaborate on this.
The differences between the two men go beyond Thomas being a Dominant and Linus being a submissive. Linus is a farm boy and seems almost childish in his lack of knowledge about some things. In comparison Thomas is more worldly, experienced and appears much older. I am not sure if Linus was written the way he was because of the time period, but there were a few times that he made me think he should be living with his parents instead of trying to find his way in the world.
The language in the book took a bit of getting used to as well. It was almost formal, with a lot of use of old world terms like "cur" for example. I think this shows a lot of respect by the author for the relevant time period, but for me, who was not used to historical books...I found it a little strange. The book was a slow build, understandable given what Linus had been through and his naivety, but then when it did take off Linus seemed to jump into things (kinky things) with both feet and that didn't gel with my first impression of Linus.
Overall this was a satisfying and sensual story for anyone who appreciates the attention to detail that Ms. Knight gave to society expectations and rules of the time period, and the diverse pleasures that came come from a Master/sub relationship. It didn't hit the spot for me, but I think it was more the setting of the story than the actual story itself. Ms. Knight is one of my favorite authors and I will certainly be looking for more from her.