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Building Bonds

(Kiss of Leather #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Kyles a natural sub who builds dungeon furniture, yet has no interest in BDSM. It takes a hunky Dom to show him just what hes been missing.

After Kyles partner of five years leaves him for another man on the night of their housewarming party, the shy, early-thirties carpenter needs to do a major reassessment of his life in addition to raising some serious cash. With no one
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Published August 11th 2015 by Pride Publishing
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2.5 HEARTS--The blurb and cover hooked me. I thought I signed up for a sexy treat because good IR MM is hard to find, and good IR BDSM is even harder. This is my second dance with this author. I'm still unfamiliar with her work, style, etc. The first story I've read impressed me.


This was a miss for me. I can say "it's me, not you" (But I don't think it is.) Building Bonds read like a beginner's manual. This was not BDSM 101. It was remedial BDSM. I'm not trying to drag it out like
Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Sexy Stars!!

I enjoyed this one! I know BDSM isn't for everyone, but I really liked the interplay here between Kyle--a talented furniture builder and complete BDSM novice with a low self-esteem--and Gavin, a Dom who has one thing on his mind: building Kyle back up. Kyle's never been the object of anyone's affection before. His most recent boyfriend was a self-centered jerk, and Kyle's desire to find a man to love him seems almost too high a goal--for Kyle. Gavin is a sexy, wealthy
Reader S.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, artists
Beautiful! Emotionally and sexually satisfying. Great BDSM.

I wouldn't say no to a relationship with Gavin. Who is rational and responsible. I wouldn't even mind that he's insanely rich, and wears suits, yeah, I could accept that as a part of him.

Both Gavin and Kyle were well drawn, and their finding each other was beautiful.
Dec 20, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Lisabet Sarai
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Despite the fact that he builds bondage furniture for a living and secretly masturbates to kinky gay porn, Kyle is sure hes not a submissive. It doesnt matter how much his slave-boy friend Marshall teases him, Kyle has no interest in finding out more about the BDSM lifestyle. Indeed, the notion terrifies him.

Indeed, after being dumped by his selfish and emotionally abusive partner Roger, Kyles pretty reluctant to get involved with anyone, kinky or not. He tells himself hes content to live a
Shirley Frances
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The blurb more than summarizes what this story is about. Hell, the title pretty much states the main focus of this story--Building Bonds.

And that is what takes place in this story.

Morticia Knight is a new to me author and I have to say that I liked what I read. Kyle and Master Gavin were great characters to get to know. I enjoyed Kyle's journey of self-discovery and the way he allowed himself to explore that side of him regardless of his doubts of the lifestyle.

I admit, I didn't come to
Aug 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 56%. Could not stand both MCs - they were OTT caricatures of a BDSM Dom/sub. Returning this Kindle book along the next one in the series.

Gavin was a bully. He proceeded to continue his non-committed sexual sub relationship with Toby while thinking of Kyle. He publically offered a sub contract to Kyle, with no prior discussion, and then immediately pushed him to behave like a sub, initiated sex and then pressured Kyle to move in with him, all in one afternoon. And, the contract was for a
My facial expression after reading this:
Love Bytes Reviews
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3 Heart Review by Amber

Hmmmwell this was interesting. I dont really know how I feel in regards to how this story was told. It almost read like a How to guide. It was very mechanical. I wasnt really able to see or feel any real emotion coming from either character. Its not that I completely hated this story, I didnt. It was well written and even though at times it got pretty slow the pace was bearable. It was just overall, blah I got bored so many different times and I had to fight with myself
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
This book was just so good!

With this book you get Kyle who has just got out of a relationship because his partner has left him for another man. He also happens to be super shy which I thought was so funny with what he does for work, you would just never think of someone being shy building BDSM equipment. I have to say I also really loved Kyle's character because besides being super shy he was also so strong and willing to try new things even though they made him very nervous.
Gavin is part
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-it, deleted
I wasn't terribly impressed with Master Gavin. He acknowledges that Kyle is not familiar with the D/s lifestyle, and then he wants Kyle to sign a contract to be his full-time sub. It seemed that Gavin would say that Kyle could make decisions, and then Gavin would decide himself. It seemed inconsistent.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, part-of-a-series
What a a joke! Nope!
More sweet than steamy (which is not necessarily a bad thing!), and sometimes ridiculously formal in the language.
JD Crittendon
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Romance, Lite BDSM!

Who knew that making BDSM contraptions could lead to romance, not Kyle & Gavin. Good story, good pacing and enjoyable MCs.
I would have liked scenes of Kyle making the furniture, interaction with an employee and at the club.
This is more romantic than BDSM story. I plan to read more....
Amber Green
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another swoon-worthy read

First off, I loved Kyle. He was insanely sweet and sometimes weirdly relatable. I loved the almost love at first sight quality of the story as well and adored Kyle and Gavin's relationship dynamic. Such a good start to a series.
"It didnt matter how many times he discussed BDSM with Marshallwhich was as little as possible, if he could help ithis cheeks would get even hotter than usual. One of his biggest wishes was that his shyness would leave him the way hed hoped it would when hed become an adult. At thirty-two, he despaired of it ever going away."

I can easily admit to a strong fascination with the BDSM lifestyle. It's not one I believe would be suited to me, but I really enjoy the books and stories that center around
Wendy Ann
Love was in the air when I read the blurb for this book. I couldnt wait to get it into my grabby little hands, and hallelujah, the real thing more than lived up to my fantasy!

In my opinion, Master Gavin is the ideal type of Dom. Hes strong and controlling (obviously), but even more, hes caring, honest, fully invested, and has the utmost sincerity in terms of ethics within the lifestyle. It also doesnt hurt that he has a Denzel face and the body to go with it! As for Kyle, my heart ached for
Isa Jones (Jo&Isalovebooks Blog)
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, m-m-read, bdsm, arc
This book was special!

I really enjoyed Building Bonds by Morticia Knight and I thank her for the opportunity of receiving and ARC.

I have read my fair share of BDSM books but this really is one of my first in the M/M world. I enjoy the genre and the book had almost all the elements of a fantastic and entertaining read, it had romance, suspense, plenty of hot steamy scenes, great dialogues and an original story line. I would have liked more depth into the story and that is my only observation, it
Caroline Brand

A good start to a new series which is set around three friends, all Doms in the BDSM lifestyle, opening an exclusive BDSM club called Kiss of Leather. The club will want for nothing regardless of expense and they are desperate to hire a young carpenter who makes beautiful equipment to fit out all the private and public areas.

I guess through the series we will get to see all three Doms stories but this first book concentrates on Gavin. Gavin is a firm master but
Sep 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 56%. Could not stand both MCs - they were OTT caricatures of a BDSM Dom/sub. Returning this Kindle book along the next one in the series.

Gavin was a bully. He proceeded to continue his non-committed sexual sub relationship with Toby while thinking of Kyle. He publically offered a sub contract to Kyle, with no prior discussion, and then immediately pushed him to behave like a sub, initiated sex and then pressured Kyle to move in with him, all in one afternoon. And, the contract was for a
Phetra Novak
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time reading thos book. There was no chemestry at all between the characters, Kyle was a stuttering mess barely capable of living on his own and Gavin sounded and talked like a grandfather to a grandchild. The writing was good but the story like a how to manual with a step by step.
I wanted to like it but ended up skimming it just to get it read.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bdsm
Instant attraction + instant relationship + instant love + instant trust. Just plain silly. There wasn't a period of getting to know the other person or to build trust.

Kyle had been badly burned in a previous relationship. He was tentative about trusting someone. He had been with his ex for five years, and the relationship had battered his self confidence and left him emotionally drained. He meets Gavin and is suddenly ready to "jump off the cliff" and dives into a D/S contract.

We the reader or
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Building Bonds focuses on the emotional relationship between experienced dom Gavin and submissive novice Kyle. I loved watching this couple look after each other, love and protect each other. Gavin introduces Kyle to the BDSM scene with such care I wished I could be Kyle.

Building Bonds isn't a very long story and for me the author could have written several hundred more pages and I would have happily kept reading. I didn't
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads~~

I really loved this book and am looking forward to reading the series as it is issued.

There is just something in the way it is written, in the bond between the two men which works perfectly. I love the diffidence, the shyness and the desire. It is a lovely example of a D/s relationship, with a lot of learning and loving along the way. It is hot, demanding and romantic. I liked the big picture of a new club, which we will
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: august-2015
This is book 1 of Morticia Knights new series Kiss of Leather. If this first book is anything to go by, we are in for a wonderful treat! Gavin is a perfect Dom. Morticia has written a Dominant who is very well educated in the dos and donts of the lifestyle. ALWAYS a breath of fresh air when I read an author whos done their homework. Kyle is a natural sub as everyone keeps telling him. Never finding love worth his amazingness. Kyle never really knew what he was capable of until Gavin walks into ...more
Marichus Real
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kyle is a great carpenter who designs BDSM furniture. He is very shy and he doesnt believe he is a sub. When Gavin, a co-owner Dom of the Kiss of Leather BDSM club, sets eyes on him, he immediately sees he is a natural sub. Gavin is really impressed with Kyles ability for carpentry, and at the same time, he feels the necessity to have him as his sub. Gavin, being a great Master, reassures Kyle all the time with his patience, honesty, care and love, so he can trust him and embrace the lifestyle ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Rainbow Reads Review Team~
5 stars for this M/M Romance
I loved this book and cant wait to read each book as they come out. I loved how shy Kyle was and how he was always blushing; it was very endearing to me for some reason. Gavin was so patient with Kyle and you could tell both men truly had feelings and were really forming a bond and not just going through the motions. I wish we would have seen more of Kyles friend Marshall after
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Building Bonds was an enjoyable, easy read and a promising start to a series. I don't regret buying it and will most likely buy the next parts as well.

However, there were some parts I didn't like. One of them was the pacing, which was off. The start was reasonably brisk, we met the MCs as well as (I can only deduce) the future MCs. There was a Big Misunderstanding (I shamelessly love those) and then the First Scene which felt like half the book. I honestly got bored, especially as the only real
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotic, m-m, romance
I liked this book both for the story and for the way the author has used Kyle's inexperience to highlight the lifestyle. The other reason I liked it was that neither man was a young, gorgeous twink. It made a nice change to have a couple without a twink involved. I do wish that it had been a little less guide book to the life style and more hot, sweaty sex but that is just a personal preference (I'm a randy minx on the quiet). Overall I enjoyed it enough to want to read Kiss Of Leather book two ...more
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M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers - but they're all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West

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Kiss of Leather (9 books)
  • Safe Limits (Kiss of Leather, #2)
  • Bondage Rescue (Kiss of Leather, #3)
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