Laurence (Laurie) Dalziel is a thirty seven year old submissive. He is worn out by the lifestyle he needs to balance with his day job. His last relationship was six years ago. He doesn’t wanting his ex-back, but wants that close relationship with a Dom again.
Toby Finch is a nineteen year old who views life with the glasses of youth. Toby knows who he is and what he wants and it’s Laurie. Toby wants to be a Dom and have Laurie at his feet.
The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. By the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world, she made it realistic. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The main characters and the secondary characters were exciting and authentic. Both Toby and Laurie each had faults that they each had to deal with making them both realistic.
The point of view alternated between Toby and Laurie, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of this story is the relationship between Laurie and Toby. I loved the dynamic of the unexperienced Dom with the experienced sub. It reminds you that all Dom’s had to start somewhere and how much is training and how much is part of who they are. The level of conflict is perfect, anymore and it would have detracted from the overall story line. The dialogue between the characters was very realistic and believable. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. I loved that this book kept the reader on their toes all the way right up to the end. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.
Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.
Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.
Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.
The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.
It can’t be real.