Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Lynn Kelling
Series: The Manse #4
Genre: MMM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 398 Pagees
Publisher: Enspire Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Rune Tooby is a smartass rebel and closeted gay biker with The Born Soldiers motorcycle gang. Rune’s life centered on casual sex and less-than-legal employment, until a pickup truck full of homophobic white supremacists rammed into his bike, destroying his hearing and shattering his life. Learning to live deaf and silent overwhelmed Rune, sending him to humbly beg help from the last people he trusts completely: the rich and powerful Dominants of the Manse, who trained Rune in the arts of BDSM.
Oliver Hughes, cocky day trader and sexual Dominant, lives a life of indulgent luxury. Despite this, he feels adrift and unneeded since his beloved submissive, Jackson Whitney, became absorbed into life as a family man and cardiologist, leaving him little time for his Master. When a meeting between Rune and Oliver is carefully arranged by the leaders of Manse, it starts a wild ride, sweeping up everyone who gets too close to the explosive pair. Rune and Oliver find themselves on a path filled with frustrating miscommunications, rage-filled vengeance, and painfully unearthed secrets.
This is a great example of a successful poly story. All of the players have their parts and get what they need from the relationship. Oliver has been the Dom to Jackson for quite some time. Jackson, however, shares his time with his family (wife and kids), going to Oliver when he needs that aspect of his life. His wife is fully aware and supports his D/S relationship with Oliver. Oliver has recently realized that he is very lonely; wants more than Jackson is able to give; and longs to be someone’s first priority, something which is not possible with Jackson. So, when his friend and owner of Manse calls asking him to help out with a sub, he is definitely interested.
Rune is a young guy who is a bit lost, though not in the way you’d expect. He lost his hearing after a rival biker gang caused him to wreck his motorcycle. Needless to say, he is on a mission to find and get revenge on those responsible. It’s pretty much all he cares about. His frustrations with living in a deaf world, he seeks relief by subbing at Manse, more specifically asking for help from those who trained him.
Oliver and Rune connect right away. Oliver is intrigued by the challenge of finding ways to communicate with Rune. He brings him into his home and their relationships starts to grow. Jackson is eventually brought in when his time comes to see Oliver, and the three easily fit in their respective roles. It doesn’t take long, however, before Rune’s other life starts causing problems. He disobeys and shows up hurt more than once really plays havoc on Oliver (and Jackson), and it takes quite a bit of time for Rune to see things differently. Rune doesn’t have many people he can trust, so it takes him a while to believe he has more people in his corner.
I loved the challenges Rune’s deafness created and how the various players learned to communicate with him. I imagine it is even more difficult in a D/S format where communication is so important. So, I really liked seeing how they worked around it in this story.
We met Oliver’s bff and sometimes playmate, Adam, in Bare, which I definitely recommend, as well as the other books in this series. Ms. Kelling manages to show a unique story in each segment and something different from the typical BDSM.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*