Risk Aware

I don't read a lot of bdsm books but the idea of a bdsm book about a guy with hemophilia was too intriguing for me to pass up. I'm glad I gave this story a try because I ended up really enjoying it. Geoff is a tattoo artist who has elaborate fantasies that include things that would be very dangerous for him due to his hemophilia. A weekend away leads Geoff to meeting Robin at a club. Robin has been a dom in the past but had a really bad experience with a sub and he's decided to stay away from the lifestyle. The two men are immediately attracted to each other and Robin is drawn to the idea of learning how to dominate Geoff and provide what he desires without hurting him seriously in regards to his medical condition. The book follows them as they fall for each other and as they navigate a complicated sexual relationship.

I admit I know little about hemophilia other than what I Googled while reading this but it seemed like it was presented in a realistic way. The conversations they had and the types of activities they had made sense to me. I liked everything about this story. I thought the writing was good and engaging, the characters were believable and the overall plot was creative and different.

A totally unique bdsm story with good writing made me a happy reader. This is definitely a book I would recommend.


Book Blurb for Risk Aware

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.


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2016 4.00