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The Trap

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,562 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
There's no escaping the man at the heart of his memories.

Three years ago, David and his college roommate, Ethan, were on the brink of unimaginable success, ready to revolutionize an industry and reap billions. Then David accidentally revealed the attraction he'd never wanted to feel, and certainly never meant for Ethan to see. Mortified, he ran from everything that mattere
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published September 16th 2010)
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Dec 29, 2014 MLE rated it did not like it
Shelves: lendle, dnf
So the best way to win back the love of your life is to set up some sort of scam where he thinks he's getting a real vacation at a nice resort, but really you trap him on your own private island, and try to control and manipulate him into admitting his feelings, and agreeing to let you control him.


Sounds like true love to me.


Kidnapping, sexual assault, false imprisonment, manipulation, coercion, and mental anguish bordering on torture sound like romance to me.


This book was such a joy to read, from the first few pages I was laughing and fell instantly in love with our lead characters. However, the book is far from perfect but it offers a fantastic and fun filled read. Some readers might have a few problems with the content, but I stepped away from that and focused my attention on the author’s wonderful writing style, and the wonderful story of two stubborn men falling in love.

I am just in awe of how the author c
Lilia Ford
Sexy, compelling story that bears some resemblance to FSoG--super-hot twenty-something billionaire-dom and his much more modest-in-every-way sub/love--but actually feels believable. It helps that Ethan and David like a lot of real-world couples start off as best friends in college. That gives them a strong stake in each others' welfare that would credibly transcend the money/status differences that make FSoG feel like such a crude wish-fulfillment.

Not that wish-fulfillment is absent here, but i
Oct 18, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it
I think this is the first book this author has done but I hope she writes many more to come. The Trap takes you on a full emotional rollercoaster. Both characters are well crafted, lovingly infused with humor, emotion, fear, stubbornness, pain, and anger. Their connection is fiery and dynamic. They push and pull at each other, each afraid of being hurt which creates a lot of tension. At times I wanted to slap both men silly as they deserved their pain and other times wanted to cry with happiness ...more
Heather C
Aug 02, 2011 Heather C rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather C by: Finn Marlowe
So...I read this only because I was challenged by Finn Marlowe, and to be perfectly honest I wasn't expecting to like it at all. Actually I don't really know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. I think the only part I was bothered by was that none of it really bothered me at all. I actully liked Ethan more than David for the first half of the book. Don't ask me why, because I'm not going to say. Most people probably won't agree. But, by the end, I had connected with them both. I'm glad the ...more
Oct 22, 2010 FloJ rated it did not like it
1 star is far too generous for this noxious creepy tale. I couldn't finish it, and that takes some doing. I usually keep ploughing on in the hope things improve, but with this I just could not bear it any longer.
For someone to kidnap someone in the name of love is just outrageous, and anyone who decided that someone who did that to them was deserving of their love needs help. There is a name for bonding with your captors - Stockholm syndrome I think - and it is a recognised psychiatric conditio
Lisa Henry
Ok, so I read this book in my pre-GR days, but it's still a favourite. It does require a certain suspension of disbelief in order to get the whole thing rolling though: a rich guy basically arranges to have his old college best mate stranded on a luxurious island with him, and coerces him into sex. But it's also more than that, promise.

There are some elements of dub con here, in that David is totally reliant on Ethan in this situation, and Ethan is pushing him way faster than he wants to go. Al
Kaje Harper
Aug 02, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
In many ways I loved this book, The emotions were so vivid, the sex hot and intimate, and the idea unique. I could just never quite let go of the feeling that it was a little too intense. I really needed David to have some painful past experience, some history of rejection or abuse, that would give his deep anxieties and powerful reactions a rational basis. It was so, so good and yet I wanted to smack these two guys and say it's not that big a deal; you shouldn't need this kind of time and effor ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I wanted not to like it and I was sure I wouldn't, because:

a - Ethan, the abductor, seemed so cold and total jerk, a billionaire with king-of-the-world delusions;
b - David, the abductee, seemed a scared rabbit of indefinite color, whom I couldn't connect with and whom I found un-engaging.

My not liking the characters didn't change much by the end, but I couldn't put the book down. I only did it for two days because I fell sick, but while I was fighting the nasty bug, my mind was trying to devise
Aug 19, 2011 Jayded rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-read
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Lori K
Aug 02, 2011 Lori K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I almost didn't read this after reading reviews and comments by other readers. I am so glad I went ahead and read it.

For the most part I am not a fan of D/s reads, and perhaps the publisher should have mentioned that aspect of the book in the blurb. In my opinion, this book didn't focus on that. The book was more about the two characters years of emotional commitment and longing. I didn't see the "kidnapping" the way some of the other readers did- it was not a true kidnapping, more of a coercion
Oct 12, 2011 L-D rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, borrowed
3.5 stars. This book was recommended by Fiona. I see why she shelved it with her "Pants-rippers" (her M/M version of bodice-rippers) because a lot of this book had a recurring theme of "no means yes". Ethan and David were roommates in college and they came up with the idea for a brilliant internet business. On the eve of their meeting with potential investors, David sees Ethan naked in the shower and becomes aroused while watching. When Ethan catches David "taking care of" his arousal, rather th ...more
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
Oct 29, 2013 Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion rated it really liked it
Recommended to Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion by: Christine
4.5 Stars

The Trap is a really excellent first effort from Ms. Wren. I'm actually discomfited by the fact that it's her only effort to date. I'd certainly read more from her. Overall, I felt the writing was strong. I was emotionally invested in both Ethan & David. There are some technical business aspects which may be a bit dry for some readers but I would definitely read this again.

The conversations between Ethan & David felt organic & authentic. David's reaction to being essentiall

This was a strange book for me. I really didn't care much for the characters but at the same time, I couldn't put the book down. It had my attention throughout.

Ethan, is a bossy, arrogant, over-bearing SOB and David is basically a weak push-over who's afraid to face his feelings and his past. I didn't have a problem with the "kidnapping". It's clearly wrong and I'm not condoning what Ethan did, but it's not what turned me off from the book. It was the way Ethan spoke to David and treated him th
Jul 13, 2011 Mandapanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: various-romance
Recommended by Laura for the QGB3 challenge. Really struggled to finish. Didn't like the characters. David was too weak to be attractive. And I wanted to smack Ethan over the head and drag his abusive, manipulative ass off to the nearest police station. The elements of imprisonment, emotional/physical torture and coercion just made me feel angry and incredulous. I agree with the reviews written by Fonzie, FloJo and Kate Mc.
A.B. Gayle
Dec 25, 2010 A.B. Gayle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt-romance, bdsm
I enjoyed this book. I'm giving it 4.5 stars which will round up to 5.

The deduction is mainly because of the money angle. By making them so rich, the whole scenario lost a lot of its relevance/believability for me. Perhaps the whole scenario is unbelievable anyway, but, hey, it's a story, most m/m romances don't bear much semblance to real life.

I thought that it was extremely well written, especially for a first book. Given the author's background as an editor, that probably explains the excelle
May 02, 2014 Feliz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
02.08.2012: Just reread it and I must say, I don't know anymore what had me so in the clouds during the first read - through. It's still well-written, and it's still gripping, but the things Ethan does to David now had me wince more than once.
Is it unlawful detention/ violation/ rape when it's presumably done out of love and care? Is it seduction if the other party involved doesn't have the choice - is denied the choice to reject it? I'm torn.
Original review:
The premise seems a bit strange i
An excellent easy reader, best described as warm fuzzy angst! A beautifully written debut novel from Indigo Wren. Enjoyed David's inner voice, this guy has the biggest inferiority complex going. And just loved Ethan, the hot manipulative billionaire.

David Holmes goes on holiday to a luxury island resort to find that it is owned by his ex college room-mate and business partner Ethan Locke. David ran away from Ethan after an embarrassing incident in a hotel room three years ago. Ethan has lure Dav
Smith Barney
Refreshingly entertaining and titillating war of the minds highlighting desperate and aggressive measures some will go to for confrontation of what some refuse to face.

Erotically charged-suspense and sweetly tender moments..of provocative maneuvers of the heart and mind.
“Enough. Let yourself come, baby. Shoot off for me now. Come into my hand.”

And he cocked a buried finger against that sensitive gland.

Holy mother of God. David jerked violently in response..That’s going to take
Oct 24, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2010, ds, ebook, favorites
4.5 stars, but I rounded up. :) Very good m/m romance about two college roommates, best friends, who planned to start a technology company together... until one of them basically flees into the night without a word. And that's all I'm going to say about it, because part of what really drew me into this story was having events unfold for me, without really knowing what was going to happen.
Wow, sooooo good. And so hot. And the feeelz. This book is what Fifty Shades wishes it could be. *Raving review to come*

(Waffling between 4 and 5 stars, but giving it the fiver, because, considering all the crap I've read, this deserves it.)
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 21, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
4 1/2 starts. A truly sexy, lovely romance about two friends turned lovers. The guys are both so damned stubborn their path to love isn't easy. I loved this and will probably read it many more times.
~*~*~Though this is the first time I've written any review of sorts and definitely the first time I've put it out there, let me clarify that this isn’t a traditional review as much as it is a collection of thoughts and impressions the book has left me with; compelling me to post it here for posterity.~*~*~

WOW … just … wow!!!

This book (a beautiful ‘Gay-For-You’), is absolutely riveting … so beautiful, so multi-dimensional. It introduces: gut-wrenching turmoil; self-inflicted punishment; the stayi
Tamara (Nanny Ogg)
DNF at 17%

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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Jan 31, 2013 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: BDSM m/m D/s readers
Shelves: m-m, bdsm, erotica, samhaim, d-s
This is a must read book on D/s and trust. Without trust, there will be no D/s relationship or more importantly, love. While some may tag this as GlitterKink because there are ridiculously young and rich men in this story, I'm going to leave it off. While the money came into play to make the story happen, it's not really a focus for me. The focus is on Ethan's systematic tearing down of David's walls.

Ethan and David were roommates in college and they were going to start a business together. It's
Apr 12, 2011 Finry rated it it was ok
Where would they be without the first-aid manual?
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Jul 31, 2011 Jess rated it it was ok
Barely 2 stars.

This story was just not my cup of tea. I have never been so irritated at two main characters in a long time. Ethan was smug, arrogant and annoying in this opinions - he was convinced he knew best.

All he had to do is say - I love you Davo and Im gonna prove to you that you love me back.

I will admit to a bit of page skipping - I got to page 50 and I was just soooo annoyed so i skipped 20 pages and guess what - they were still bitching at each other, so I skipped another 20 pages..
Nov 12, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
Interesting read, I really enjoyed it but I'm glad I kept reading because I was almost thrown off it for being too Over The Top at the beginning.

As I ploughed through it though I really liked the concept behind it, as explained or rather justified its motivation well, even though it's quite out there. It has a lot of *trigger warnings* though and the author really knows how to creep you out.

I think it could make a fantastic LGTB stage prod. if done correctly, especially due to it's low number
Pauline Allan
Oct 24, 2010 Pauline Allan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
First...I have to say WOW! I can't say how much I loved this read. The dialogue was funny and touching and the two leading men were honest and open. The story was imaginative and fresh. I love a good romance, no matter the sexual orientation of the couple, and this book sooo delivered. The sex scenes were romantic and hot. They moved the story along appropriately. Ethan was so tender and commanding while David was vulnerable and raw. Bella was such a nice touch. The setting was great and the sce ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Susinok rated it did not like it
I have read enough. I would really have appreciated a content warning on d/s and non-consensual sex. I don't care how pretty the island is or how rich Ethan is or how secretly gay David might be. No means no and that's it.
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