Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Enspire Publishing
Release Date: April 17th 2018
Genre(s): BDSM, Contemporary, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Page Count: 78,000 words
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Rune Tooby is a smartass rebel and closeted member of motorcycle gang, The Born Soldiers, who enjoyed casual sex and less-than-legal employment before a pickup truck filled with homophobic white supremacists intentionally rammed into his bike, destroying his hearing and shattering his life. Learning to move forward as someone who is deaf and doesn’t speak presents challenges that quickly overwhelm Rune’s ability to cope, sending him to humbly ask for help from the only place left in which he trusts completely—the rich and powerful Dominants of Manse who once trained him in the arts of BDSM. While Rune desperately searches for simple human connection and kindness, cocky day trader and Dom Oliver Hughes lives a life of indulgent luxury that has left him feeling adrift, unneeded, and without purpose, mostly because his beloved submissive, Jackson Whitney, is happily married with kids, a demanding career as a cardiologist, and little time or attention for his Master. When a meeting between Rune and Oliver is carefully arranged by the men of Manse, it’s just the beginning of the wild ride that carries away everyone who gets too close to the explosive pair, leading them on a path filled with constant communication challenges, rage-filled vengeance, painfully unearthed secrets, Rune’s total willingness to put himself in harm’s way to aid those in need, and Oliver’s horror at having to endure Rune’s quest, or face losing him forever.[M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.]
This was a fantastic book. It is very far from what I feel comfortable reading but I still loved it. The author’s writing and the way the story was developed was simply brilliant and I couldn’t help to fell in love with the book. This is a part of a series, but I haven’t read any of the previous instalments and I don’t think it was needed to enjoy it. It worked perfectly fine as stand-alone.
The plot was interesting. I was really intrigued to see how things would work with Rune, who was a great character. There are a few moments of violence but it wasn’t too graphic. I don’t think the book was extremely angsty either, although I can’t say it was free of angst, but I think it’s bearable. It is under the BDSM genre, mostly center in dominance than in pain or other activities. But there was Oliver and Rune as a couple and not exactly them as dom and sub what really worked for me.
One of the things I loved the most about the book were the characters. They were all so complex and no matter how little was the intervention of a secondary character, they always had something important to add to the story. I loved them all, main and secondary characters. I liked Rune because of how intriguing he was. It was great to see inside of his mind, to understand why he feel the way he did. I liked Oliver as well, although in his case I liked his less than perfect moments, when he was worried and couldn’t keep himself together. It felt so much more realistic than his compose attitude, that I did liked, but were those moments that make me love him the most. I loved them so much as a couple. The little signs of love were the best, it was easy to see how much they care for each other. They made a great couple, and I even learn to appreciate the presence of Jackson and Adam, and the role they played, even if is not the kind of relationship that I prefer to read.
I liked to see how all my defenses fell down with this book, there was so much things I wouldn’t like but there was something about the characters and the way the book was written that just make things work so nice. Overall it was such a great book. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. Maybe I start from the last one but I definitely planning on catching up with this series. I feel particularly intrigued by Adam’s story.