Title: Turning His Life Around
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Release Date: July 6, 2015
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When Kane Harris’s world turns upside down, his lifelong best friend is the only one to catch him.
Years ago, Ian Kelly accepted Kane would never return his love, since he knows Kane believes he’s incapable of it. Ian is willing to settle for what he can get—a best friend, sometimes casual lover, and occasional submissive. He’s learned he can’t live without Kane, but he can’t let Kane know. Because when, not if, Kane confirms that Ian’s love will never be returned, Ian won’t be able to take it. But when Kane loses his job and asks Ian to step up their play to help him deal, Ian’s ability to hide his feelings falters. Then Kane starts his own computer security firm and asks Ian to join him, and Ian struggles further.
It’s not until they visit the exclusive BDSM club the Iron Door that things come to a head. Kane screws up big time, and he’s afraid he can’t fix it. He’s sure he’ll lose his best friend, his Dom, his everything… forever.
Kane Harris and Ian Kelly have been friends since they were 6 years old. They continue that friendship into adulthood. They live together, sleep together and participate in a hot and heavy, extra kinky D/s relationship. But they aren’t a couple. They are not in a relationship and are free to date and have sex with anyone they please. (The having-sex-with-other-partners arrangement was a little off to me given the fact that these two have been tested and go bareback with each other. The fact that they aren’t seeing anyone during the course of this book is probably the explanation.)
Kane had a rough start in like. His mom was promiscuous, lackadaisical about keeping a job and didn’t take her son’s safety into account when bringing strange men home. When she was in a relationship, she chose poorly too. Kane’s “stepfathers” were physically and emotionally abusive to both Kane and his mother and some made sexual advances toward Kane. He was a miserable child and took solace in Ian and his family. He eventually moves in with them after one of his mom’s colossal flake-outs. (Technically Kane and Ian are brothers. They grew up together, starting as young boys, in the same house. But I didn’t dwell on that since it was mentioned rarely and we only got a few flashbacks. I let myself forget about it so I could enjoy this book.)
This book is all about Kane and Ian’s growing romantic relationship with the backdrop of Kane branching out on his own professionally and starting his own business. Since this was a major stress in Kane’s life, lots and lots of delicious BDSM scenes took place. Ian used their D/s relationship in an effort to calm Kane down, and it works.
Ian has been in love with Kane since as long as he can remember and would like nothing more than to be exclusive and a couple. Kane, after suffering through a traumatic childhood with no father and a mother that didn’t love him, feels he is not capable of love and has used that as an excuse for why these two can’t get more serious.
So, the brunt of the book is these two guys dancing around each other’s emotions. Kane’s inner dialogue is full of conflicting emotions about Ian and a big decision he needs to make before Ian moves on.
I did enjoy this book, after I was able to get the whole they-are-brothers aspect out of my mind. (That just a little to incesty for my taste.) The back story of the new business wasn’t very compelling, but the BDSM, kinky sex was off the cuff hot! Lots and lots of emotions were exposed during their scenes and that just makes it extra enjoyable.
I can recommend this book to all lovers of a hot and heavy, kinky BDSM but caution any other readers to the more low-key, bland sub plot of Kane’s IT business.