Lane is a shy college student who comes from a privileged family. Lane's parents have recently stolen a lot of money from a lot of people. His mother has been arrested for securities fraud and his dad has made a run for it. They have left Lane with nothing except the clothes on his back and no means to contact them. Lane's brief work at their business has also left him under a cloud of suspicion from law enforcement and any friends and acquaintances.
Lane is isolated and scared and turns to one of his family's friends thinking that man will offer him some kind of help. What happens next is sad and tragic and shows the level of despair that Lane is currently in. Derek is a photographer who witnesses the first part of Lane's nightmare and he's also someone who has lost money to Lane's parents. His anger tells him Lane is getting what he deserves but another part of him realizes he is wrong and is drawn to the young man.
A chance meeting a short time later brings the two men back together and a wary friendship begins. Once Derek gets to know Lane he realizes how broken the boy is and how wrong he has been with his preconceived ideas about him. Over time their friendship grows into something more.
Both Lane and Derek are interesting characters. They're very different but the author does a good job of building both of them up and explaining them to you. She also does a good job of making you care what happens to them and their relationship. There are a host of great side characters who are super fun in the scenes they're in. There's even a foul mouthed parrot who pretty much stole every scene he was in.
This story has a BDSM element to it and is the backbone of the story. I was a little nervous going in to the story because I don't read a lot of BDSM and I was hoping it wouldn't be too outside my comfort zone. It wasn't at all. The focus of the book was the love story and how these two men use the BDSM element to enhance and develop their relationship.
This was my first time reading this author and I can't wait to check out other works by her. I love when an author takes characters who live a lifestyle I can't identify with but makes me care about them so much.
Introverted college student Lane Moredock is in a bad place. His mother has been arrested for securities fraud, his father is on the run, and everyone, including the SEC, suspects Lane knows where the missing millions are. Lane, with no money and nowhere to live, makes a desperate deal that lands him in trouble and leaves him unwilling to trust a so-called Dom again.
Photographer Derek Fields lost money to the Moredocks, and is as sure as anyone that Lane is guilty despite his claims. A chance meeting with Lane shows him there might be something more to the young man than arrogance and privilege, and Derek wonders if Lane might be just what he's been looking for: a sub with the potential to be a life partner.
As Lane slowly begins to open up to Derek and explore his needs as a submissive, the investigation closes tighter around him. Lane might be everything that Derek wants, but first Derek needs to trust that Lane is innocent--and Lane needs to trust Derek with the truth.