Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Hesitant Heart
Author: Morticia Knight
Series: The Hampton Road Club #1
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 174 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: November 7, 2014
Available at: Totally Bound and Amazon
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Blurb: Sam is a naïve young man who arrives in Hollywood to escape his brutal father. When the older, sophisticated Aaron rescues him, Sam discovers what it means to fully surrender himself to another.
Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.
Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.
Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.
They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?
Morticia Knight’s work has been on my radar for a while now and when I read the blurb for Hesitant Heart, I was immediately intrigued. Unfortunately, once I started, I immediately realized it wasn’t a book for me.
After one day of meeting each other, and when I say “meeting” I mean speaking to each other and having a conversation and not just looking at each other from across the bathhouse… So, after ONE DAY Sam and Aaron are both declaring long lasting commitments to each other…and they hardly even know each other!!!
“I’ll always stay with you. I told you that yesterday.” ~ Sam
Umm, yes, “yesterday” was the day they met.
“That’s all I ever want to do. I plan on devoting my life to your happiness and well-being.” ~ Aaron
Umm, yeah, I was done after that last bit…at 38%. Surprisingly I made it that far into the book. The relationship was progressing so swiftly, yet the story was moving so slowing and hardly ANYTHING had happened by 38%…except for Sam’s eagerness to have Aaron teach him all about sex and erotic pain.
Then there was the pet names, which I can usually forgive, but at this point the situation was so unbelievable that I was beyond annoyed.
“Little Sam. My sweet, little Sam. All mine.” ~ Aaron
I didn’t see myself ever believing in Sam and Aaron’s relationship so I didn’t see any reason for me to continue on with this book.
Overall Impression: I Did Not Finish
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*