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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  85 reviews
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He offers such a pure, unfettered submission to the man strong enough to tame him; he’s the best thing that ever happened to this powerful (read: spoiled) Dom. Still… even the best of Doms aren’t infallible, and this one almost lost his beautiful boy. He straightened his head out quickly enough, but by then his boy wasn’t quite so forgiving. If his stubborn sub
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Published June 10th 2014 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads

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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

The reviews for this story are a mixed bag, and I can see why.

Pyke has a very specific writing style; her sentences are longish, her phrasing flowery.

I found much of the story to be tedious and hard to follow.

I liked some of the earlier scenes between Dan and Tom, but as the story progressed, the BDSM turned darker, and that's just not my cuppa.

The last two chapters were a complete WTF. Seriously, there are better ways to apologize!

I liked the image and prompt, which stated that a "HEA
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kinktastic stamp of approval!

Well defined characters and background in this one made the smexy times that much more entertaining. Really great weaving of the real world into the story made this less fantasy and more contemporary romance. Pyke has a tendency to create doms that do things that make we want to stab them and while there was certainly a WTF moment here, I could believe the resolution and it felt reasonable. Hell, it was pretty darn sexy. Smoldering hot play with all kinds of toys, in
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

If you're not already aware I have a teeny tiny little thing for kilts and a certain reviewer (view spoiler) led me to believe there would be kilts. Well, I cannae resist the lure of a kilt so in I went with gusto! What did I find? Kilt teasing!

Say what?!?!

I know, B, I know. Only maddening talk of kilts. No actual wearing of the kilt.

However, despite the lack of kilting I thoroughly enjoyed His.

Someone's pierced. Always a win in my book.
Someone's a sk
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4.5
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 5 How hot can it be? Stars

That FIRST scene....OH MY GOSH!!!!!>

Well, I’m already giving it 4 stars just for that. End of discussion. Hehehehe

I REALLY REALLY enjoyed this one. Jack L. Pyke has a very special style of writing/telling a story. Something I can appreciate when I’m into the “grey” areas of life.

This was not “Dark” but it was not Black and White. What I liked about it, was even though it’s short, and the “drama” therefore feels a
Well, shit. I was convinced that this writer had the potential to make me bookgasm, but I guess not. You'd think that I'd enjoy Pyke's writing style; happily rolling around in word porn is not above me. However, I didn't enjoy this letter soup of impressively flaunty and lengthy sentences resulting in a hard-to-follow plot about young men, older men, tattoos claiming bum cheeks, gorgeous holes without the offer of fine hair, the sound of zippers being unzipped drifting over, some fuckery and man ...more

Sadder and more melancholy than I usually prefer, but I couldn't put this story down. And I cried.

Beautiful story, except for the dub con/non con part which made me angry. And I was very uncomfortable with what followed; I needed some talking before that scene.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, short-stories

This one is Jack Pyke's contribution to Love's Landscapes, the Goodreads M/M romance group event 2014 and it’s freaking awesome! It's a well done, intense BDSM short that intrigued me from the first page. Definitely one of the best short stories I’ve read from this genre.

It’s dark…

It’s sad…

It’s sexy as hell…

Tom, a tattoo artist and a Dom, is in a loving relationship with his sub Dan, who is a mental health nurse in a care home where Tom’s dad is a long term patient. They have been together for
In typical Jack Pyke style, Jack takes the reader on a ride through an emotional relationship between a Dom and his sub during a bad time in their relationship. She has an imaginative way of these two making up.

Dark read that Jack L.Pyke is known for, so be forewarned before you venture into another dark story in Jack's imagination. It's always my greatest love and pleasure to consult with Jack on her books. Please be aware that I was also involved with this book but I gave it a five star ratin
Jack L. Pyke's contribution to the M/M Romance Group's Love's Landscapes is dark, sad and sexy. She knows how to write the Dom who just can't get it quite right *coughs* Gray anyone *coughs* and Tom fits that mold all too well. As wrong as Tom gets it, he just cannot face the possibility of losing Dan after so many years together.

Heed the warning if dub-con is not your cup of tea. Otherwise enjoy.
Kim Alan
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine
See, the problem with perfection is that when it finally cracks, it's far more devastating than something that was openly flawed to begin with. Tom, for all intents and purposes, is the perfect, generous, loving Dom who takes the responsibility of caring for his sub very seriously. Don flourishes under the care of his Dom, lovingly offering his submission with a trust and openness that Tom appreciates -- even if he does possibly take it a bit for granted.

But something happens that's beyond Tom's
DNF because I had to read each paragraph 3 times to stitch together what the author was trying to say in those overly long/illogical sentences. Well... I tried.
I guess I am getting lazy, but other people usually say it before me, so I am not going into lengthy explanations. Check out Loe's review. It's perfect.

I think I missed about a third of the story because I couldn't get through the sentences. Few times I was so lost, I had to skip paragraphs.

This one, for example. What does this even mean? (Unless it's my English, which is not my native.)

"After hanging up his tattoo machine for paint and airbrushes, it was always the same when he worked body art
The prompt, the picture? Flawless.

Been waiting so HARD for this:

Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well that was kinky. I may not have completely bought the storyline, but it was hot, and I very much enjoyed reading it!
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dritc
Well written story of Tom, a tattoo artist and Dom, and Dan, his sub who is also a mental health nurse who works in a care home where Tom's father is a long term patient. The pair have been together for five years, but after an altracation at Dan's work things start to fall apart as Tom misreads the situation.

I enjoyed the first part of the story, but I really didn't like the way Tom engineered the reconcillation with Dan, probably because it didn't feel like consential BDSM at that point but a
Don Bradshaw
Great story with some smokin play scenes. I definitely would not allow my dick to be tattooed though. Dan and Tom have a solid D/s relationship on several levels from being lovers to a tenant, an employee and finally Dan caring for Tom's ailing father. Not a relationship with easily defined lines but it works until Tom, our drunken Dom screws up. I wanted to shove that pencil up his ass because neither man could remember what they were angry about. A little communication and things slide back i ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This was again specially. Jack L Pyke has the knack like no other. I experience the conflict of the main players at first hand. This is not observing. That's experience. Really great.
Marte - Thunderella


It deserves a closer look.
Jack Pyke
Jun 10, 2014 marked it as my-works  ·  (Review from the author)
M/M Goodreads' Love's Landscape Link found here:
4.1 Stars

First off, that cover. HOoooleeeeeee sheeeeeeit. *dies*
Second, this is my first book by Jack L. Pyke, but it will DEFINTELY not be my last.
Third, two words: Cock Tattoo
Fourth, the story...

Okay, see, I've been kinda bored lately with the BDSM titles I've picked to read. Maybe that's my fault since they've usually been challenge books, maybe it's the almost repetitive feel to the plot/action. Sometimes they're either NOT actually BDSM (lacking at least one - if not ALL - of the SSC tenets
Serena Yates
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, bdsm-and-d-s
Yes, the warnings are true, this story contains some strong/dark BDSM. It doesn't start out that way, though. The first two thirds of this novella gave me time to get to know both Dan, the sub, and Tom, who is a rather controlling but extremely caring Dom. By the time catastrophe hits this very loving couple, and Tom loses control for very understandable reasons and only very briefly, I trusted the depth of their love enough to kind of see why Tom chose to act the way he did.

It made for some ver
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one from this year's LL event on GR. Quite a complicated tale, also featuring mental illness as a subject. 4 stars.

A non-fraternisation rule applies at the mental hospital where Tom's father Chris is residing, but Dan who is one of the nurses involved in caring for Chris, has formed a Dom/Sub relationship with Tom, and obviously even though they've been seeing each other for 5 nearly 6 years, things have to be kept under wraps.

After a particularly bad day with his father, T
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought that was such a tender love story. the dynamic between Dan and Tom was so perfectly established in the beginning that when the argument begins, and then carries on too far, Tom has to get creative to grab Dan's attention. Dan's love for Tom is clear throughout the story, and though he holds himself together, I was really wishing for Dan to have a good cry at some point. his love and complete trust for his Dom is what sees them through. Really lovely, wish there was more coming out abou ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

How fortunate was this the story requestor to have Jack L. Pyke to pick up the prompt?

This is an intense BDSM short that was very well done - one of the best I've read from this genre. You can tell while reading it that the act of BDSM is used as a tool of love in their relationship rather than a kink in their sex lives. The depth of their relationship was touching and I would be so happy for this to be expanded into a full length novel because I loved reading about these two characters
Awilk -never sleeps-
I love Jack's books, and now she has proven herself as an author that can write a short story that doesn't leave me wanting. Don't get me wrong, I would love a full size story about these two wonderful men, but this left me happy and with a smile on my face.
Jack writes wonderfully flawed Doms, and Tom was just perfect.
This is nice and steamy, a little dark, but to be expected with this author, and I adored that I was given such a well rounded story in so few pages.
Jack L Pyke, you are a favourit
Rachel Emily
This was just HOT! Perfect picture and prompt, I just loved it! I really loved Dan and Tom together (when I wasn't annoyed at Tom, that is! haha) I love them being an established couple with the tattoos and the artwork and how much they love each other. Very wonderful story, thank you!
Joseph Tonlet
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I completely enjoyed this free short story!

Reading Jack's work has become like visiting an old friend; it's nice, it's comforatable, and it makes me so happy.

I REALLY hope this isn't the last we'll see of Tom and Dan!

Totally awesome book, Jack!

JLT =)
Fifi LaFleur
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lovely and delicious. A make or break moment in a relationship captured in a story. I don't know Ted well enough to trust his method of apologizing but I trusted that Dan did and enjoyed the ride.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-bdsm
Excellent addition to the Love's Landscapes series, but the non-consensual aspect of the BDSM relationship with too harsh for me personally.
Viv Ross
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't tend to read D/s or BDSM much. I liked this though, a lot.
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