Title : Ropes and Dreams Word Count :50,988
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance
Blurb :Ian McCain’s always been one cold, hard man, but a sexy little cook is about to melt his heart.
Drake loves his job as a cook at the Mossy Glenn Ranch. He just wishes he wasn’t scared out of his mind. His ex has him convinced he’s never going to be loved again, so he vows to remain alone.
Officer Ian McCain doesn’t play well with others—unless he’s got a whip or paddle in his hand and a sub at his feet. Control is all he’s had for years now, and he doesn’t think he’s capable of having a relationship.
Then he pulls up at the Mossy Glenn and sees a sexy man with a cute puppy on a leash. From that moment on, Drake might as well have Ian on a leash too, or at least his heart. Ian breaks down Drake’s walls almost as fast as Drake destroys his.
But their chance for a happy life together is something they’re both going to have to fight for as Drake faces his fears and Ian faces losing everything.
My Review : We are in for another dirty hard ride. Here we have our favorite ranch cook, Drake Cuttington and local cop Ian McCain. Drake is the sweetest little guy you could ever meet. We met him in book 1 of the Mossy Glenn series, where he became the new cook and friend to the hottest trio Carlos, Troy and Will. My heart really goes out to him, because Drake has always had the displeasure of meeting jerks. The last jerk he was with, cheated on him and later called him to let him know that he is HIV positive. Drake has been depressed and living in fear ever since he got the news. His first round of tests proves that he is HIV negative, but he is fearful of hoping that he will be truly healthy when he does his next round of tests in the next six months. Drake has become closed off and written off all hopes of a relationship until things are sorted out in his life.
Ian comes off as a silent, emotionless man but we are able to see a flicker of interest and attraction for Drake on their first meeting. Ian is a hardcore Dom who sees something in Drake that would make him the perfect submissive to share his life with. Ian comes from a past where he was exposed to abusive adults as a child. He considers himself to be socially inept and he doesn’t really know how to carry on conversations and make friends. Him being dominant is a way of freeing his true self and exploring possibilities.
From their very first meeting, Ian is very attracted to Drake and Drake is powerless to deny his intense stares. Ian really puts out the effort to talk to Drake even though he is not sure what to say. Ian just says what’s in his heart and he realizes that’s more than enough for Drake. They meet each other in the middle and they are perfect for each other.
The sex between them was very intense and not for the feint of heart. Their sex involved floggers, nipple clamps and cock cages. Drake really embraced that part of himself that needed to get off on the pain and Ian was so in charge and knew exactly how far to push Drake. They participated in breath play which was kinda hot, I’m not sure if I could handle that though. Drake reveled in taking Ian’s cock as far as it would go down his throat until he was almost choking. Drake is a pro at taking care of Ian’s needs.
Drake brought Ian out of his shell and taught him how to have fun, while Ian taught Drake how not be afraid after his HIV scare. Drake was exceedingly happy when he found out he was still negative after two testings. He realized his ex lied to him and used scare tactics to get him to come back to him. Ian showed Drake how much he appreciated his body even though he had a few love handles and a big bubblebut. Everyone in the house benefitted from that butt when Drake gave Will lessons on twerking 😀. I give this one my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.
Favorite Quotes : 1. Carlos twisted his upper half around. “Hey, Troy! C’mere!” “Okay, what’s the emergency?” Troy yelled back. “Drake’s gonna teach Will to jiggle his ass like a bowl of Jell-O.” Troy’s footsteps could probably have been heard all the way to Texas as he ran inside. “Wait!” ( Fun times at the ranch with everyone getting tongue tied by Drake’s twerking abilities. It seems he can really make that ass clap😀. I want me some twerking lessons, lol.)