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Risk Aware

(Saugatuck #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?

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Paperback, 1st edition, 323 pages
Published May 9th 2016 by Riptide Publishing (first published May 7th 2016)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This was a challenging read for me, and I went into this book knowing that it would be that way. There were some aspects of this book that I really liked, but other aspects made me feeling "meh" or irritated with the characters.

I'm a medical professional, and I'm very aware of what a hemophiliac is and what kind of care hemophiliacs need. I was BEYOND intrigued when I heard that this book was about a hemophiliac and BDSM. I mean.... WHA?? My brain sort of melted down with those two seemingly incompa
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
BR with The Adam! Wherein we #UnicornBrainShared on 4.5 ❤

If I had to describe this book in one word it would be impressive.

I was impressed by the level of research that must’ve gone into living with hemophilia, the staggering medical costs associated with the disorder, the stigma attached to it and just how affected hemophiliacs were by the AIDS epidemic. I, too, was impressed by the kink, but I'll get to that later.

Geoff is a masochist and a hemophiliac. It’s taken his mother’s passing and quite a bit of
Emma Sea
This is not my kink, but if you're into BDSM with strong emotional connection I think you'll love it. The writing is really solid, and it's in exploring the creative sex scenes that Gormley shines, with great descriptions and excellent pacing; nothing awkward or jagged here on the page.
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

While I’ve read other BDSM stories where one of the men has a disability to be considered, this is the first time I’ve come across a disability that, if not handled correctly, could actually kill the sub. Amelia C. Gormley did a fantastic job of presenting this issue and not treating the situation as a side story. She managed to educate the reader without overwhelming and provide an interesting and HOT take on this precarious relationship.

Robin has recently left New York City to settle in
DNF at 34%

The writing is good and the idea of a hemophiliac craving rough handling during sex is an interesting set up for a story. I enjoyed it for a while, until I found myself bored and skimming. The BDSM aspect is handled well, with lots of communication, but I’m not feeling this couple.
So far it would be around 3 stars, but I’m not rating it since I didn’t even reach halfway through.
BR with Cupcake!

4.5 stars

The premise of a hemophiliac with a pain kink was immediately intriguing. The only thing I knew about hemophilia before beginning ‘Risk Aware’ was that it affected blood clotting. The detailed picture of life with hemophilia that the author gives was informative without becoming a lecture. Reading about Geoff’s daily struggle with hemophilia was eye-opening.

It also made me stop and think about my own privilege as an able-bodied person. It’s never a bad thing to remember how random the gen
Ije the Devourer of Books

2.5 stars

I liked the premise of this story, but half way through I started skimming mostly because I was bored with the long sex scenes. This story is basically about a young man, Geoff, who is a haemophiliac but who also desires to be truly submissive in a sexual relationship. He craves the kind of BDSM that will push his boundaries both physically and mentally but his health condition means that he has to be careful and he hasn't found anyone who can satisfy his deepest sexual need
I just knew (okay: hoped) I'd like it. This relationship gave me a good feeling. The facts about hemophilia seemed to be right, as far as I can tell after looking at a couple of internet sites about it.

The ways these two found to satisfy their needs were for the most part acceptable and believable to me, also: hot. But there were some things I would have left out. One of these was the simple rough fucking, both anal and oral. Especially oral. That left me feeling the danger of a bleed th
Joseph Tonlet
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joseph by: Kimmers of Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter
Shelves: perfect-book
Stellar! Stunning! Perfect! Loved it! Want more!
R.A.C.K -- Risk Aware Consensual Kink. That's the term used for the riskier forms of BDSM, where both partners are aware of the risks involved and have consented to them. Not for everyone, including yours truly. But, just because it isn't my kink, doesn't mean it's not ok.

I love it when I read a book that prompts me to take to Google to learn more about a topic. I knew very little about hemophilia before reading Risk Aware, and so I spent a little while today reading up and I was surprised at the
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
4.5 Stars
This is my half of a Gay Guy Straight Girl Co-Review with fellow Goodreader, OJ. To see our full review click the link below. There is also a question/answer session that follows.


I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I didn't want to read this. Being honest here, I have a character flaw and don't do well with disabilities. Hemophilia terrified me. How could it be something I'd want to read about? I'll tell youclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoy BDSM and I relish opportunities to read something the screams fresh and original a mile way. This book is all about that. Geoff is a tattoo artist and a haemophiliac. He has never dabbled in BDSM in any way, other than watching porn and wishing someone would want him enough to risk “playing” with him despite the dangers posed by his illness. Robin is someone experienced in BDSM practices and just happens to be so intrigued by Geoff, he’s willing to be creative with ways they can be together and ...more
Lila Hunter
Rating: 4.75 stars

My View: Risk Aware was a pleasant surprise. The blurb was intriguing, and it delivered more than I originally expected. This was my first R.A.C.K. story, and the author did an excellent job setting up the difference between R.A.C.K and a traditional S/m relationship. Having two willing participants without the need to establish a submissive allowed the reader to distance themselves from pop culture clichés and misconceptions.

The touch of fantasy in this story was/>My
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I requested this book because the premise intrigued me, a haemophiliac who is also a masochist, how was that going to work? Well, I'm happy to say that it did.

Robin is not looking for a relationship after a major betrayal form his ex-boyfriend but he is intrigued by Geoff from the minute he sees him. He is furious when he finds out that Geoff has been hiding his problems from him and explains forcefully how much danger he would have been in had he hurt Geoff unawares. Geoff was a very naive in
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, ebook, bdsm-d-s, bgirls

4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

What an interesting story this was! I absolutely love finding BDSM stories that are not run of the mill, and this one totally fit that bill.

Geoff is a hemophiliac. Unfortunately, he is also a bit of a masochist, which does not mesh well with his condition at all. He has not been able to find someone to even come close to meeting his needs, as most men run the other way once they hear about his condition. That all changes when he meets Robin.
Caroline Brand

I loved this book!

This is a really thoughtful look at what happens when your desires are hindered by expectations and real life.

Geoff Gilchrist is a haemophiliac whose desires are heavily layered with a masochist streak. His desires have never been met, he spent his early years being cosseted by an overprotective mother and being told he couldn’t or he shouldn’t, and now he can he can’t find anyone brave enough or determined eno
4.25 stars.

I confess I didn't know much about hemophilia before starting this book, just the general stuff...but hemophilia + BDSM? How does that even work? So, I was intrigued as hell...

Safe to say, I've been quite educated on the topic of hemophilia while reading this...and the things I found out was both better and worse than I expected. So thanks to the author for broadening my horizons.

I've read and very much enjoyed Saugatuck Summer a while ago, but I didn't remember R
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, erotica
One of the best books I've ever read!
Perfectly written story about the beginning of a relationship between two emotionally mature men; one of whom has health issues that he feels preclude him from living the lifestyle he desperately seeks, and the other for whom acting on his natural instincts could cost his freedom.
Beautifully nuanced narrative exploring how the choices made and the chances taken between two people falling in love can make all the difference in what your heart truly desires.
Danny Tyran
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have a lot of admiration for authors who choose such sensitive subjects as this one (BDSM vs disabled or sick people) and who manage to make it so authentic, while offering us scenes as hot and well described as those in this book. I don't think I could have done as well as Ms. Gormley.

If you want to know more on how I feel about it, just read the review mentioned below. My opinion is very close to it:
I have a lot of admiration for authors who choose such sensitive subjects as this one (BDSM vs disabled or sick people) and who manage to make it so authentic, while offering us scenes as hot and well described as those in this book. I don't think I could have done as well as Ms. Gormley.

If you want to know more on how I feel about it, just read the review mentioned below. My opinion is very close to it:

Thanks to Sarah who suggested me to read it. <3
Feb 20, 2016 marked it as to-read
Fuck. I just realized who these two are!!! Ack. This is gonna be good.
Leta Blake
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full-disclosure: I was a beta reader on this book. It's a sexy, fascinating, psychologically deep read and I totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys books with D/s themes and BDSM.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Actual rating is 2.3

Geoff is a tattoo artist and a masochist. Unfortunately for him, he's also a hemophiliac.

Robin is a gallery owner and a dominant. After a dark moment in his life, he's trying to keep away from the kink scene.

The attraction they feel for each other when they meet is intense. However, between the emotional baggage and working around a serious health issue, their playtime will take a lot more than a safeword...

I was hella ready to read this
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc, on-my-kindle, bdsm
Hemophilia is not a disease that is mentioned very often mainly because it's not very common. It occurs in 1 in 5000 live male births. It's estimated that there are 20,000 cases in the United States and approximately 400,000 in the world. When you compare those numbers to cancer, heart disease, or any other disease that kills, hemophilia isn't ranked very high. I, myself, am more familiar with famous people throughout history who had hemophilia or were the carriers of the disease, i.e. Tsarevitc ...more
I could really immerse myself in the story and feel as if I was within the characters. Each point of view was clearly defined and independent. It was easy to move from Geoff to Robin and experience the story through their eyes. Which is a major plus for me.

The BDSM element was very innovative. It had to be, considering the special circumstances of the characters. (view spoiler) ...more
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

4.5 stars rounded up
*I received an ARC of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in return of an honest review*

When I first saw this book on the coming soon page on the publishers website I wanted to read it immediately. So of course I requested it on netgalley and was over the moon when I got it!

I found the premise of this book really interesting and unique. A hemophiliac who is also a masochist? It sounded impossible and too good to be tr/>*I/>4.5
Joyfully Jay
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

This book was fabulous and kept me engaged from the very beginning. I love a story that takes things in a new direction, and the conflict here is so well done. Geoff has grown up sheltered and protected by his fearful mother, always forced to let his condition control him. Now as an adult, he is resentful of the role his hemophilia plays in his life, especially as it seems to prevent him from having what he really wants in terms of his sex life. Geoff’s instinct
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, romance
I didn't really know how to rate this book. The premise was interesting and I learned quite a bit about hemophilia but the main character, Geoff, was unlikeable. Robin was better, but too much of a do-gooder (view spoiler).

I like that the characters build trust through communication, except the communication is just so... textbook. Like I was reading a couple's counseling book. Everyone was so unders
Chris, the Dalek King
For the most part I really liked this story, and am really glad the Mods made me read it this month. Despite the fact I have been going off the more BDSM type stories lately, this one was unique enough that I really didn't mind. And some of those scene were damn hot.

I also really liked how Geoff being a hemophiliac impacted his life, and not just his sex life either. I've never really thought about all the little bumps and bruises I get every day till I started to see the world thru Geoff's eye
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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“You want to sub, baby, but you've got no idea what it means. When you give someone the power to do what they want to you, you also give them the responsibility of keeping you safe. Otherwise, you can't ever really give in and let go.” 1 likes
“Fuck it. After oh-so-suavely bleeding all over him, I wasn't getting any tonight anyway.” 0 likes
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