Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Jack L. Pyke
Series: Love’s Landscapes
Heroes: Daniel “Dan” Kershaw, Tom McKendrick
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 73 Pages
Publisher: Goodreads MM Romance Group
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Available for download at: MM Romance Group
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Blurb: Dear Author,
He offers such a pure, unfettered submission to the man strong enough to tame him; he’s the best thing that ever happened to this powerful (read: spoiled) Dom. Still… even the best of Doms aren’t infallible, and this one almost lost his beautiful boy. He straightened his head out quickly enough, but by then his boy wasn’t quite so forgiving. If his stubborn sub is so damn resistant to reason, drastic measures are called for… right? What choice does a desperate Dom have but to resort to a tiny bit of kidnapping, and a wee touch of restraint and, well… I’ll let the author decide what else it’ll take to get them to their HEA.
Two men spoon together on a white mattress with blue swirls. One man (the Dom) wears nothing but black work boots as he shapes the other man. The Dom is caught kissing at the sub’s neck whilst the sub holds onto the Dom’s hand. The Dom looks fully sated; the sub, with eyes closed, shackles around his ankles, and a soft smile, looks fully claimed. Both look completely at ease. Tattoos circle the sub’s navel.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
So, I have this fairly short list of authors who I absolutely love. Love their style and reading something from them is like a big relaxing sigh of content. Jack Pyke is at the top of that list. I can always count on my buttons being pushed, in good ways and bad, skating the edge of darkness. This tasty treat was a freebie from the MM Romance Group’s Love’s Landscapes event.
Of course, I wish this story was longer, but to be able to grab a picture and make a story out of nothing, making it your own, is always fun to watch regardless of how long it is. Here, we get little nibbles of everything Jack’s stories are known for and look forward to.
Tom and Dan have a bit of a taboo relationship to start with. Dan is the caretaker at the facility at which Tom’s father resides. Therefore, Tom’s dad is technically a patient of Dan’s. But, Tom and Dan have managed to maintain a relationship and keep it under wraps for about five years now. They also have a unique relationship in that Tom is the Dom to Dan’s sub.
Things happen, the guys’ relationship is tested, and there is quite a bit of action packed into this short story. Tom goes to some fairly drastic measures to set things right with Dan, but it doesn’t take long to see his intentions are good and that these two really need each other.
The sex scenes are smoking, the twists and turns edgy and exciting. This was just a glimpse at a time in Dan and Tom’s lives. I would love to see them again in a more drawn out story but quite enjoyed this one either way.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I obtained the free copy of this book for review.*