Title: No Way Out
Author: Julie Lynn Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 28th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Hurt/Comfort
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Wyatt Findley is an up-and-coming artist, attending a prestigious art institute in St. Louis. His mentor, Lukas Callahan, has snagged a sweet house-sitting job for him in a gorgeous home in a well-to-do part of town. Wyatt can’t help but notice two men who live just across the street.
They make an odd couple, since there must be a good twenty years difference between them. And yet there is something about the younger man that calls to Wyatt.
Shylor Lind has been living with Randy Grant for fifteen years, ever since Grant hired Shy’s mother as his live-in housekeeper. But five years ago, their relationship changed when Shy’s mother sold him to Grant and took the money and ran. Since then, Randy has been training Shy to be his submissive, dominating him in every way. There is nothing Shy can do about the situation, and he has nowhere to go, no one to turn to.
And then Wyatt enters his life… and nothing will ever be the same, as Wyatt engages in a battle for Shy’s very soul.
The first thing about this book that got my attention was the cover. So dark and beautiful and with a touch of light that shows a bit of hope among that darkness. It represents perfectly the book. I was as attracted by the book as I was by its cover.
I had some great moments with it. What I liked the most about the book was Shy and everything about him. The way he think. The way he act seem realistic enough. I loved that the book debate about the limits of what can and can’t be consider BDSM. I think that was very important to be left clear. I loved seeing both point of view, mostly because I think seeing things only from Shy’s might be too emotionally charge, and there were moments when a little break was needed to bring a little hope into the story.
What I didn’t liked about it were a few things. First was Wyatt attitude sometimes. He seem so inappropriate from moments that he was just frustrating. I had a hard time with him and with his relationship with Shy. It took me a while to get to a place where I care for him. Another thing that was an issue for me was that the book was slow paced for most it, which seem appropriate, but at the last chapters everything seem a little bit too rushed, even Shy’s personality was too different in too short time, and of course I wanted Shy to be happy, but sometimes things were too fast to seem believable.
Overall it was a very interesting book. It is not BDSM, even if it’s tag under that category. It is about abuse, so beware it might contain situations that might be triggering for some readers. That being said, I think reader who like hurt/comfort would find a great read in this one.