Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Neat Trick
Author: Jaime Samms
Series: Tales From Rainbow Alley #5
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 321 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Being 100 percent sure you know what you want is a sure-fire way to get exactly what you need. You just might not recognize it when you do.
Jacob has rebuilt his life inside Rainbow Alley after a vicious beating sent him to the hospital when he was a teenager. He’s strong again, and he knows what he wants from life. He just has to accept that he isn’t going to get it from Cliff Thatcher.
Aaron has discovered that life never offers handouts. He’s spent years paying other people’s debts and now he is indentured to Douglas, a man who won’t hesitate to use every ugly trick in the book to retain control over Aaron, his skateboard and his life.
When Jacob and Aaron meet, there is not an ounce of doubt in Jacob that he’s found what he wants. The young man might be a little rough around the edges, but he’s a safe bet, and Jacob knows he can control the thrust of their relationship. That is, until Aaron proves he can handle Jacob’s submissive side and pushes to take the dynamic out of the bed and into the rest of their lives.
Jacob’s hard limit, though, is the bedroom door. Only when Douglas makes it clear Fohe isn’t letting Aaron go without a fight, or a pay-off that he seems intent on taking in the form of Jacob himself, does Jacob begin to understand just how shaky his world really is.
If Jacob doesn’t believe Aaron can protect him, he’ll lose everything. Including what might just be his only chance at true freedom from his fear.
Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of violence and references to past abuse and child pornography. It also contains one instance of sexual violence.
Review: Jacob is a sub – but only in the bedroom. He’s got a crush on his boss and physical therapist who is a Dom but who expects 24/7 submission and Jacob only submits in the bedroom and wants control of the rest of his life.
Aaron has been raped and abused since he was a child and is still being controlled by Douglas who continues to beat him. Aaron needs Douglas (he thinks) because he needs his money to fund him in his skateboarding and also to provide him with his HIV meds- which he contracted by being pimped out.
When Aaron and Jacob meet, Jacob is certain Aaron is both capable of being who Jacob needs in the bedroom and Jacob is also certain he can be who Aaron needs in life.
The two have many, many, many hurdles ahead of them – including Aaron’s disease, his relationship with Douglas and his insecurities as far as helping Jacob with his “kinks”.
I haven’t read any of the other books in this series and I was disappointed when I saw that this was a BDSM book – though I enjoy reading new things and like to expand my repertoire, I have bad luck enjoying anything in that genre.
I was, however, very pleasantly surprised. This is kind of a different take on the BDSM theme. Jacob is very much not into being humiliated or bossed around outside the bedroom, he just likes/needs a firm hand in sex. Aaron – who has been on the other side of things – isn’t really attracted to the scene at all, but likes bringing Jacob pleasure.
I loved these guys for “rescuing” each other – though their relationship still didn’t feel all that healthy to me – I do think that given time and space away from their pasts they might just be good for one another – eventually.
This is a tough book with a dark story and themes – it’s definitely not for the weak hearted – but if you’re in the mood for some angst-ridden romance with a unique twist on the BDSM theme – I think the writing was excellent and the story compelling.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*