Trusting Thomas (Collars and Cuffs #2)

Trusting Thomas
Title: Trusting Thomas
Series: Collars and Cuffs, Book 2
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 10/7/2013
Genre(s): m/m, BDSM, May/December Romance
Page Count: 282 Pages
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Audio Length: 9 hrs 58 Mins
Reviewed by: JLoves2Read
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.

Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissive’s, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?

I have mixed feelings on this story in the Collars and Cuffs series. This story has two main characters who are from different generations and follows the May/December trope. Thomas, who we met in book one of the Collars and Cuffs Series, is a Dom who is a little older than the other Dom’s of the Collars and Cuffs club. Thomas has been a Dom for years, and he now runs Collars and Cuffs with his friend Leo Hart. Thomas is respected in the BDSM scene and having been active in the scene for many years he has trained many submissive’s and Doms. However, this training was always for other people as he has never taken on a submissive.

Peter is in his early twenties and has just fled from an abusive and sadistic man who called himself a Dom. Peter is seeking refuge and is all alone. Thomas is asked to help Peter by an acquaintance and agrees to allow Peter to move into his home while he gets back on his feet. After Peter and Thomas start getting to know each other, Thomas is able to see that Peter has definite submissive tendencies and that he needs the structure a Dom can provide. After lengthy discussions Thomas agrees to train Peter as a submissive, however he makes it clear he is only training him – not taking him on as his submissive.

I have to be honest and admit that while I love this series, this is the one story out of all of them that I just couldn’t fully connect with nor enjoy. I simply couldn’t get past the 30+ year age difference between Thomas and Peter. However, I can appreciate that the story was well written and overall it adds to the Collars and Cuffs series. In this story we are given background on Thomas, we see him in action, and we watch as the Collars and Cuffs family continues to grow. It was heartwarming watching Peter learn to trust and develop feelings after overcoming his traumatic past. I also enjoyed seeing and meeting other characters from the club. In the audio-book version of this story, Nick J. Russo does an excellent job bringing the story to life. His cadence, tone, and inflection are spot on. I always enjoy stories where Nick narrates.

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