I remember reading the first book in the Collars & Cuffs series (An Unlocked Heart) and meeting Dorian for the first time, thinking, I'm sure likeI remember reading the first book in the Collars & Cuffs series (An Unlocked Heart) and meeting Dorian for the first time, thinking, I'm sure like many that he was a spoilt brat! However, I became intrigued by him, his short appearances in other books and the constant comment that he was Collars & Cuffs resident 'Pain Slut'; so I was really looking forward to reading his book, and Ms Wells didn't disappoint.
At a point in his BDSM life where pain just doesn't seem to be working, Dorian decides he needs something extra, something more and takes himself off to Berlin to the more hardcore BDSM clubs there. When Dom Alan Marchant discovers where he's gone, he feels the need to go after him and along with Leo they travel to Berlin, only to find that Dorian did indeed find something different in Berlin, though it might not necessarily be what he was looking from.
Make me Soar tells the story of Dorian's journey from the broken sub that Alan and Leo find in a Berlin hotel room, to the sub whom Alan takes on with the promise that he will 'make him fly'.
As usual with a Collars & Cuffs novel, you get to know the characters and revisit old characters from previous books, it was good to see Peter (Thomas's sub) doing so well, to see Alex & Leo still very much in love and to catch up with Ben & Scott.
I loved this book so much, that it became one of those books where I finished the book and turned right back to page one again to re-read the novel! I can see it becoming a favourite, and I was pleased to find that Dorian may have had the material things in like handed to him on a plate by his parents, but he was the last thing from a spoilt brat!
Well done Ms Wells and I look forward to the next Collars & Cuffs story. ...more
There are some serious warnings on this book, and really if you don't like taboo relationships then this book isn't for you - heed the warnings folks.There are some serious warnings on this book, and really if you don't like taboo relationships then this book isn't for you - heed the warnings folks.
Having said that, I thought the novel was extremely well written and dealt with the subject matter very straight forwardly. Carter Roberts a journalist is required by his editor to interview two men, Carl Foltz and Matt Evans for an article on their lives. He's not looking forward to it, their lives make his stomach churns and he just can't understand their choice.
Carl and Matt are two hard working men on a farm raising a particular breed of cattle, they are clearly in love and Carter gets pulled into their lives, until he realises that his prejudice at the beginning of his stay can be likened to other people's prejudice of him for being a gay man. As he gets to know them and an overnight stay turns into several weeks stay, he begins to fall in love with these two men. For him it is like coming home and for Matt & Carl of having another person in their lives to love.
I thought three main characters were well drawn, and could really sympathise with both Carl and Matt's point of views when they were doing their individual interviews with Carter; and yes, I admit to an indrawn breath of surprise when Carter asks his first question of Carl; but in keeping an open mind, I began to really understand and see how much they were in love with each other. A really difficult subject matter, which in other hands, might have failed to engage the reader, but Max Vos is a master storyteller, and he deals with the whole taboo part of things in a very straight forward manner.
This book really does show that so long as all parties are consenting adults, then, yes, love is love.
Excellent addition to the Collared & Cuffs series. I thought Damien and Jeff were perfect for each other; both had issues to overcome and both worExcellent addition to the Collared & Cuffs series. I thought Damien and Jeff were perfect for each other; both had issues to overcome and both worked hard to do so. Loved the ending :-)
In Someone to Keep Me, we met young American Scott who was lured to the UK by Jeff, promising him a home and his love. It turned out it wasn't Jeff at all who sent those emails and in this book we get the story from Jeff's point of view.
Living life on the edge and barely keeping it together, Jeff is surprised one day to be accosted by a young American who insists he knows him. Explaining to Scott how he had been duped brings home to Jeff his own situation and he allows Leo & Thomas to take him to Damien one of the Dom's from their club, who will let him share his house whilst he decides what he wants to do.
Damien is gentle with Jeff, he introduces them both to a new kind of domination called Domestic Discipline, which seems to work for them both. Though there are many bumps along the way, they begin to overcome them and reach out to each other.
One of the things that makes these books special is their continuation of the plot threads and lives of the characters from the previous novels; here we see Leo & Alex take the next step on their journey and Peter beginning to deal with the outside world more and deal with his agoraphobia as his relationship with Thomas gives him strength and assurance in himself.
As always the writing is excellent and the authors treat the subjects brought up in the series with sympathy and allow the reader to visit a world they might not otherwise have known anything about.
Really looking forward to the next one now!...more