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