Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Boy Who Belonged
Author: Lisa Henry
Series: The Boy #2
Heroes: Lane Moredock/Derek Fields
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 205 Pages
Publisher: Loose ID
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Available at: Loose ID, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Twenty-one year-old Lane Moredock finally has a normal life. Six months after he was wrongly made a suspect in his parents’ Ponzi scheme, he’s settled down with his older boyfriend, Derek, and is working and attending school. But his happiness is threatened when his mother launches a Christmastime PR campaign to help appeal her prison sentence, and asks introverted Lane to be part of it.
Derek Fields has his hands full taking Santa photos, bird-sitting his sister’s foul-mouthed macaw, and helping Lane prepare for a television interview neither of them wants him to do. As he eases Lane through his anxiety, he worries that Lane sees him as a caretaker rather than a boyfriend, and that their age difference really does matter. He and Lane compensate for the stress in their lives by taking their D/s relationship to new levels–a relationship that Lane’s mother insists he should be ashamed of.
As Christmas draws nearer, the pressure builds. Pushy elves. Snarky subs. A bad fight. A parrot in peril. How the hell is Derek going to give Lane a perfect Christmas when the Moredock legacy threatens to pull them apart before the new year?
Review: I really loved Lane and Derek in The Good Boy and was really looking forward to seeing how the boys were doing in this installment. They didn’t disappoint. I was also very happy to see Brin and Fergus front and center as well. They are awesome guys and are great friends to both Lane and Derek. And we can’t forget Mr. Zimmerman, the parrot, oh excuse me, the dirty mouthed Macaw.
This story begins about six months after the ending of the first book, and Lane’s parents are out of the picture and hopefully rotting in jail cells. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and Lane’s mother is still being a royal bitch and emotionally destroying her son for her own gain. No surprise that she won’t be winning any mother-of-the-year awards, but this woman is completely clueless about the meaning of motherhood. She truly has no concern for anyone but herself.
Lane is happier than ever. His relationship with Derek is strong, he is still working in fast food, but it’s honest work, and he’s attending community college. He feels almost normal. The BDSM aspect of their relationship is expanding, and Lane is slowing gaining self-confidence. Derek may be seventeen years older than Lane, and he may be a tough Dom, but Lane is very important to him, and the two are building a life together. Things are looking bright for both of them…until momma bitch fooks with Lane from prison. Proof money buys anything.
I really hated this woman. She undermines all of Lane’s confidence and rips him up emotionally. The only outlet for Lane is pain; pain that Derek is willing to dish out in the bedroom…and in ways that made me cringe. I am not a huge fan of BDSM, some I find to be really hot, but extreme BDSM just isn’t my thing. But this story is so good, and the BDSM is a major part of Lane and Derek, it’s actually who they are, so I was able to work around it. Well, until the sounding, which I had never even heard of before this book, but for which I am forever scarred. OMG, Lane has balls of steel to allow Derek to do that to him. I am still cringing.
Fortunately, Lane realized that his momma was not the most important person in his life, and that Derek was his future. I was very proud of Lane when he was able to accept himself, his need for pain, and his life with Derek. It was a beautifully written story mixed with angst and humor, and is a worthy read for anyone who enjoys a deep, emotionally charged story wrapped around the BDSM lifestyle.
Overall Impression:I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*