Kelly O'Connell is a senior in college and about to graduate. He's doing well in his classes and is a resident assistant in the dorms. On the outside he appears to be doing well. Inside he's falling apart due to his parent's deaths. Kelly seeks to find comfort in anonymous hook-ups and rough sex with strangers. One night Kelly gets himself into a bad situation and he draws the attention of Ian Rankin who is a professor at the college. Ian helps Kelly out and finds himself attracted to the young man and eager to protect him from future harm.
The book itself was written fine and did not have any major issues technically. I just really had a hard time with the plot. I found it totally unbelievable and I did not like the use of BDSM as a tool to help someone with their mental health issues. Kelly did not need spankings, he needed to go to a grief counselor, Kelly's character in general did not make sense to me. He made all kinds of serious decisions on a day to day basis for school and work yet couldn't make simple, basic ones in his personal life. I didn't understand how he could turn his functioning on and off from scene to scene. Ian's character was a little bit better but his main purpose was to serve as savior to Kelly's mess and that as a plot device doesn't work for me. Neither the characters or their relationship were well developed and it was very much a case of insta-love. The two men had horrible communication and I can't stand that, especially in a BDSM book. There were also a couple of scenes that I found to be so over the top I'm sure my eyes rolled.
This was a book that wasn't poorly written but the plot was just really not for me.
Kelly O'Connell’s out of control
An RA at Halton University, he spends his off nights at a club, hoping to find what he’s looking for in rough sex with strangers.
Until one night the play gets a little too rough. An isolated room, a dangerous situation...and an unexpected rescue.
Ian Rankin knows what Kelly wants—a true Dom, someone who will protect him instead of using him, someone who can take him to the edge without pushing him into unsafe territory.
Ian knows just what Kelly needs, and he's the only man who can give it to him.
There's only one problem: Kelly is a student, and Ian is a teacher.