Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Trust and Obey
Author: T.S. McKinney
Heroes: Landry & Brookes
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Available at: Painted Hearts Publishing & Amazon
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Blurb: For the past few years, Landry has been able to tuck the horrors of his past into a nice, neat compartment inside his head. He’s been focused on his future instead of dwelling on a past he can’t change. All this changes when Jericho Brookes struts into his life. Piece by piece, Brookes tears down the walls surrounding Landry’s heart – leaving him raw and vulnerable. Every time they’re together, Landry opens up more…gives more. Can Brookes be trusted with Landry’s heart?
When Landry’s past comes calling, will Brookes be friend or foe?
Review: This story is a follow up to Overtime where we met most of the characters at play here. Brookes came onto the scene at the end of that book, and this one picks up shortly where that left off.
Landry is the crazy friend who definitely had a story to tell, and he gets to tell it here. He has had a pretty rough past, escaping from gay conversion therapy camp, only to find himself on the streets and having to work the streets for money. Rory and I believe Riley, convinced him to leave that life and find a new one in Florida and their safe place, Haven. He is now opening his own BDSM club, with the support of his friends, though none of them are really into the lifestyle. They all know Landry is missing something and believe Brookes is the man for the job. They don’t know much about him, other than he has a good reputation as a dom.
Landry has his own idea of what BDSM is. He has been involved in some fashion since his days on the streets. He prides himself on being the perfect sub and performs exactly the way he believes a perfect sub should be. But he has never been able to find what he truly desires – someone to put him into subspace and let him fly – something he believes is the answer to his problems. He has pretty poor self esteem believing he doesn’t deserve any type of love or relationship due to his past. So, when Brookes comes in and sees right through him, he is thrown for a bit of a loop.
Meanwhile, the past comes knocking when there is a murder that seems to be tied to the club, then a kidnapping, and all the time, we are unsure of whether Brookes is really a bad guy or not. He is definitely keeping secrets, but at the same time, he seems to be genuinely falling for Landry. And Landry finally lets someone in, finally finds someone who can give him what he needs, even if that isn’t exactly what he thought it was, which was a little heartbreaking until it all played out. Landry was full of piss and vinegar, and Brookes loved that and wanted more, definitely not the meek little sub that Landry always acted with other doms.
This story read a bit better for me than the previous one. I’m not sure if it was because we were revisiting characters or if it was just fleshed out better. Either way, the writing and storyline felt smoother, and I enjoyed it a bit more than the last. I love this misfit family of friends and loved that we got to see more of them, from Jagger and Colton still working through some of their issues, to Rory and Riley still fighting for dominance. It was fun seeing them all again and pull together to get through this story. It looks like Riley and Rory may have found the answer to their who’s on top problem, and I’m really hoping we get to see that play out in the next installment.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*