Collars & Cuffs 4: A Dance With Domination by K.C. Wells

Title : A Dance With Domination          Word Count : 75,176

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Recently returned to the UK after living in the States since he was eleven, Andrew Barrett is determined to keep busy and make a new life for himself. He works full time as a copywriter and strips at a club on Canal Street on weekends. But it still leaves him too much time to think. Then he finds the BDSM club, Collars & Cuffs, where at twenty-nine, he is their youngest Dom. Young doesn’t mean inexperienced, however. All this activity keeps him focused with no time to dwell on the past. But the past has a way of intruding on the present.

It’s been four long years since Gareth Michaels last set foot inside Collars & Cuffs. But when he finally summons his courage and steps back into his former world, he finds the man who drove him away is still a member, and what’s more, he wants Gareth back. Two men in pain need the freedom they find in each other, but it takes another man’s horrific plans to make them see it.

My Review : The concept of a stripper Dom was very inventive. It was very hard for me to reconcile the two different personas living within Andrew. Andrew is a fairly young Dom at 29 who has moved back to Manchester after living in the states during his teen years. As soon as he moves back to Manchester,  Andrew secures a membership with the popular BDSM club Collars & Cuffs where he impresses co-owner Leo Hart with his Shibari prowess. There is no one else at the club who has as much experience with ropes and the intricacies of Shibari knots. Andrew has quite a few years experience as a contortionist and this comes in very handy in his job as a stripper. This is where he meets his coworker  Gareth,  a shy young man with whom he has become  friends after giving  him tips on how to give a lap dance.

After seeing Andrew entering Collars & Cuffs one day, Gareth is intrigued and something that has been long dormant is reawakened within him. Gareth has to make the decision to open up doors that he closed a long time ago. He pulls out his collar and revisits his past lifestyle by going back to Collars & Cuffs where he was once a sub. His return is well received by Leo and many of the other Doms and subs who greeted Gareth fondly. 

Andrew is quite surprised to see  Gareth,  but very pleased as this opens up new possibilities for the direction of their friendship. It is hard at first for them to find  the balance  between the two personas in both their lives. Gareth is not sure how to refer to Andrew now that he knows he is a Dom, should  he now call him Sir? One thing he knows for certain is that Andrew’s Dom side is calling to the submissive side in him. They become even closer when they start going on friendly dinners when they are not at the strip club. Gareth starts developing feelings for Andrew  that is getting harder to suppress. On the other side, Andrew finds himself so in tuned to Gareth’s body when he is onstage moving like a seductive  nymph.

Their attraction  comes to a head when  Gareth puts on a show onstage that reels in Andrew and gets him hooked. Their passion simmers backstage and finally explodes when Andrew takes home Gareth. There is a guttural edge to their passion that allows them to delve so deep within each other. They flow together so seemlessly. It is absolutely perfect, the best night of their lives. That perfection comes to a screeching halt when Gareth sees a picture of a young man that could have passed for his twin. Gareth starts thinking that maybe he is just a stand-in for  his ‘twin’ in Andrew’s affections. Having been tossed over by his previous lover, this cuts Gareth to the core that he might be so easily replaceable yet again. Not thinking rationally, but from a place of heartbreak,  Gareth flees the scene.

Andrew is deeply perplexed and extremely  hurt when he realized that Gareth had left him. It is clear to see that they both have some unresolved baggage from their  past. The tension  between the two is very pervasive especially at work. When Gareth confronts him about the boy in the picture, the truth comes in the form of devastation. The boy in the picture is Brian,  Andrew’s  former sub who was taken from him far too soon when  he was murdered in Las Vegas. Andrew was desperately in love with Brian and has definitely not let go. Gareth’s heart breaks for Andrew,  but he is still left wondering where he figures into the equation.  Andrew understands that he needs to let go off Brian. He is left  bewildered,  not knowing what to do. He seeks out solace in the comfort of friends. It was great for him to commiserate with Leo who had been through a similar situation when he lost his sub Gabe. Leo showed him that there is life and love after death. Andrew and  Gareth both realize that they have demons to conquer while they take their relationship at a slow yet steady pace.

I’ve really come to like this series,  because each pairing is so varied in their likes,  dislikes and in how they navigate their Dom /sub relationship. Andrew and Gareth definitely  set the parameters for their relationship and it was far from what is accustomed in the service element of BDSM. They are more relaxed on protocols and more fluid in their interactions with each other. I must say that the Doms in this series really put their subs needs first and foremost and they are far more generous sexually in the bedroom. I was introduced to even more aspects of BDSM that were unfamiliar  such as Shibari,  electro play, cock and ball torture , a little extreme for my tastes. Otherwise the sex between these two was really scorching-hot. I really enjoyed this addition to the series,  it was a little  unconventional and I liked that. It gets my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1.   Andrew got down on his knees behind Gareth and spread his cheeks wide, groaning as he caught his first sight of that tight pink rose that begged for his tongue. He buried his face between the smooth cheeks of Gareth’s arse and dived right in, licking over his hole with a slow, flat tongue that had Gareth panting in seconds. Andrew teased him, running his tongue around the rim before pressing the tip insistently against the muscle, demanding entrance. Gareth reached back and pushed his head forcefully, making it clear what he needed, and Andrew was only too happy to oblige. He loosened him up with his tongue, aware of Gareth’s hips bucking frantically. They were both too close. Andrew got to his feet and slid his engorged cock through Gareth’s crease, at the same time reaching around him to wrap his hand around Gareth’s dick, which was rock hard. He slid faster, rocking up with his hips as he rubbed his cock over that hot hole, keeping in time with his hand. ( I really love a man in bed, who enjoys giving pleasure. It’s the best gift ever, soooo hot.)

2. And then Andrew was fucking him, thrusting all the way inside him, filling him completely. Gareth cried out as Andrew plowed into him, balls slapping against his, fingers digging into his hips as he rode him hard. “Oh, God, yes.” It felt amazing. Gareth got up onto all fours and pushed back to meet each thrust, loving the sounds that were pouring out of Andrew, harsh groans as he slammed into him. Gareth had never felt so alive.

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Collars & Cuffs 3: Someone to Keep Me by K. C. Wells and Parker Williams

Title : Someone to Keep Me          Word Count :83,608

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.

Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.

My Review : Scott is a lonely teenager who is constantly put down by his parents. They look at him as a disappointment and deny his sexuality.  Scott feels so alone and cut off from the world, he meets Jeff online and he fills a void in Scott’s life for companionship.  Scott is easily susceptible to Jeff ‘s charms and quickly falls head over heels for him.  Shortly after , Jeff sends Scott a plane ticket to come live with him in Manchester.  Scott is a little naive, gullible and desperate enough to accept this offer of ‘freedom’. 

When Scott arrives at the airport on the other side of the pond, he waits anxiously for Jeff for a few hours. Pretty soon it becomes clear that Jeff has stood up Scott. A handsome passersby Ben sees the lost look on Scott’s face. He intervenes and all his protective instincts are brought out by Scott. Ben takes Scott to a hotel room after speaking on the phone with his boss Leo who has charged the room in his name. They are able to give Scott a peaceful night’s rest. The next day they go to the BDSM club Collars & Cuffs where Ben is a bartender. Ben’s two bosses Leo and Thomas try to help Scott out of his current situation which they suspect might have been orchestrated by an Internet predator.

They all come to the decision to place Scott with Ben for the time being until they can figure out other living arrangements.  There is  only one problem, Ben is not as affluent as Leo and Thomas, and he is too proud to accept financial help from them. This is an issue from the very beginning and poses a problem for Scott’s and Ben’s relationship.  It is clear to see that Scott is submissive and he longs to be owned by a master who can take care of him.

 Scott takes care of Ben by taking care of his home and cooking delicious vegetarian meals.  When Scott is introduced to the other subs Alex and Peter,  he immediately forms a bond with them. He is intrigued by the relationship that they have with their Doms Leo and Thomas. Scott becomes really interested in the lifestyle and his interest is piqued.  His interest skyrockets when he stumbles upon some homemade sex tapes of Ben dominating a young man in a harness. Ben’s dirty talk about fucking his sub in public really turns him on. Scott realizes that he wants Ben to be his Dom. He petitions Leo to help in finding him a Dom. 

Ben is interested but he keeps waffling with indecision, due to all his other financial burdens. He knows that as much as he wants Scott, he doesn’t feel it’s fair if he can’t take care of  all his ‘ boy’s’  financial needs. Although he is constantly shown the error of his ways when he allows his boy to slip through his fingers twice, Ben remains too stubborn and proud to take Leo’s money.

Scott is happy for a time and gifts his virginity publicly to his master Ben on his birthday. They are extremely happy after leaving their scene of public exhibition.  However,  that bliss is torn to shreds when Ben gets run over by a drunk driver.  Scott is beside himself with grief and he is desperately hopes that Ben will pull through unscathed. Ben pulls through but his legs are broken and he is bruised. This results in him taking time off of work, and seeing as how he doesn’t have any disposable income, this pushes him to the decision to give Scott up yet again. 

Poor Scott is constantly left broken hearted by Ben , and his love for his master never wavers. As much as I like Ben  I think he is way too fickle snd buckles under financial pressure. Ben needs to learn a sense of family that is provided by Leo and Thomas at the club and he needs to learn how to accept help graciously.  Ben was a little bit too rigid in his pride to the detriment of Scott’s feelings of self worth. Overall , I really enjoyed this and I look forward to reading the next in the series. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Collars & Cuffs 2: Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells

Title : Trusting Thomas                Word Count :95,330

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.

Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?

My Review :  Peter has been used and abused by his very first Dom. His innocence is stolen and his treatment over a four year period has him questioning the lifestyle he has chosen  to devout his life to. He has been through horrendous acts perpetrated by his Dom and his unsavoury colleagues. For the first time in his life he was given a choice and it was the greatest act that could have inspired his trust. After experiencing the horrors at the hands of his Dom, sex and pain are indelibly linked in Peter’s mind. Thomas, as his new Dom had to retrain him on how the life of a sub should actually be. Thomas realizes that he needs to show Peter the beauty and joys of serving a true Dom. Thomas has to show Peter the pleasures of submitting and playing during sex.  Thomas wasn’t able to follow the natural course of action he would normally in training a sub. Thomas had to simplify sex in a way going back to the basics and he had to incorporate pain free scenes. Peter had enough pain  to last a lifetime from his other Dom who was a cruel excuse of a man who doesn’t deserve the title of being called a Dom. He took away all of Peter’s rights and didn’t even extend the opportunity or courtesy of having a safeword. He was just an abuser posing as a Dom. He didn’t understand  that the first rule of being a Dom was to take care of your sub so that they can find gratification in service. 

There was a thirty year age gap between Peter and Thomas, but it seemed to work for them. The 56yr old Thomas was a most experienced Dom and he inspired Peter’s implicit trust. Peter has scars that has been imprinted on his body , but most of all they are indelibly imprinted on  his soul. Master Thomas has given him a new lease on life, a chance at a rebirth through his proper submission. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. He put down his cup and read through the next rules. The words were beginning to slide into each other. A Dom should listen to his submissive, should love unconditionally, be mindful of a submissive’s feelings, a Dom should not intentionally harm his submissive….

With a sob he threw the list onto the floor. He grabbed a pillow and curled up around it, sobbing into it, his hot tears soaking into the brushed cotton. He cried unrestrainedly, and he knew these tears had been a long time coming. He also knew why he was crying. Pain filled him, pain at the thought of everything that bastard had put him through during the last four years. But there was sorrow too. Thomas’s rules showed him what might have been, had Curtis not gotten to him first. They hinted at a world where he would have been cherished, valued, listened to… loved. His tears fell as Peter lost track of time, finally releasing everything he’d kept bottled up tight inside for the last few years. (This was a very poignant moment, a turning point if you will. Peter’s tears were very cathartic for him and it was like a balm to his soul. It went a long way in facilitating the the healing process. )