Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Risk Aware
Author: Amelia C. Gormley
Heroes: Geoff Gilchrest/Robin Brady
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 310 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?
Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he’s not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn’t helped by the fact that Geoff’s unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.
Geoff’s hemophilia isn’t the obstacle he thinks it is. Instead, a lack of trust—on both their parts—is what could end them before they have a chance to begin.
Review: What an interesting story this was! I absolutely love finding BDSM stories that are not run of the mill, and this one totally fit that bill.
Geoff is a hemophiliac. Unfortunately, he is also a bit of a masochist, which does not mesh well with his condition at all. He has not been able to find someone to even come close to meeting his needs, as most men run the other way once they hear about his condition. That all changes when he meets Robin.
Robin left NY after his last sub relationship deteriorated and caused him trouble in more ways than one. Feeling like he would have to give up on that life entirely, he tries to make a fresh start in Saugatuck. But when he meets Geoff, that all sort of goes to the back of his mind when the challenges Geoff brings to the table seem hard to resist. But, there needs to be a humongous level of trust between them, and even more so because of Geoff’s condition.
The main problem is that Geoff is in a somewhat state of denial as to his hemophilia. He does the bare minimum as far as his medications are concerned, often pushing the limit of healthy. I found it fascinating to learn about this illness and could not imagine having to deal with it on a daily basis. When even accidentally bumping into something can turn fatal, it is hard to comprehend how anyone can live outside of a bubble, let alone want to open themselves up to the things Geoff wanted.
Most of the things he dreamed about were just that – dreams. He knew he could never actually experience them physically, but Robin found ways to somewhat safely allow Geoff to experience some of them and make those dreams a reality. I loved how Robin did this. He was so creative in creating scenarios that would give Geoff the mental experience without actually going through with them physically. They really made a good match for each other once they were on the same page in the honest and open department.
There were some trust issues and miscommunications causing some drama, and Geoff’s lack of self care seemed a bit unbelievable. But I can’t honestly say how farfetched any of that was without being in Geoff’s shoes. All I know is that I found this story extremely creative and interesting, and I was turning pages quickly to see it all play out. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for something BDSM that doesn’t fit the norm.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*