Terms of Service (The Heretic Dom’s Club 2) by Marie Sexton

Title: Terms of Service Word Count:398 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his attraction to River, but dating is out of the question. Phil only does one kind of relationship — domestic servitude, where he gives the orders and his partner obeys. To his surprise, River agrees — not because he likes the idea, but because anything’s better than being alone.

They know the arrangement won’t last. Phil’s set in his ways and incapable of showing affection outside the bedroom. River’s unused to obedience and still in love with his ex. But their time together will change them, making them question everything they thought they knew about love, control, and relationships. When the unexpected threatens to tear them apart, they’ll have to choose between the comforts of the past and a future they can only find together.

My Review: After his marriage ends in a most disastrous way, Doctor River is left floundering. Although his husband cheated on him and is now dating a surgeon at the hospital where they all work, River still misses and loves his cheating ex Terrence. To alleviate some of the awkwardness, River works the graveyard shifts in the emergency room. River’s life is at a standstill and he feels like a pathetic human being without a purpose outside of work. That is until he meets Phil.

Phil is a pharmacist at the hospital where River works. After an extremely stressful night in the ER, Phil refuses to fill a prescription for one of River’s patients. Needless to say, their first meeting doesn’t go so well as River sees Phil as a challenge to his authority. River pulls out all his cockiness, deciding to show Phil who is boss. That is until Phil points out very calmly and slightly mocking that the prescription conflicts with the patient and could have eventually resulted in a heart attack with prolonged use. River is penitent and apologizes to Phil when he sees that his slip up could have caused harm.

The next time River sees Phil, he goes out of his way to mend fences. He starts up a conversation and one thing leads to another leading them to talk about the debacle that is now River’s life.Phil suggests hook up sites such as Growlr to River. River decides to check it out, but he chickens out on his first two dates. When he comes across Phil’s profile, he sets up a date thinking that familiarity will work in his favor. Phil is definitely surprised to see River at his door. Right away Phil lets the bigger man know what he is into. Phil is a Dom who subscribes to the BDSM principle of domestic servitude. River is slightly unsure, but intrigued nonetheless. Soon their unlikely arrangement begins.

Phil eases River into the lifestyle gently. He is very militant in his practices and he has 2 very important rules. First rule is that River has to obey all his orders explicitly and secondly River should never touch him. Phil is very clear about their arrangement, it is not to be considered a relationship, because that is something he cannot provide. There will be sex, intimacy and certainly pleasure, but that will be all.As a Dom Phil is as cold as ice and he is borderline OCD. However, his rules are in place due to his past experiences. It soon becomes clear that Phil has a lot of baggage, something that has caused him to become emotionally stunted.

As the weeks go on, Phil pushes some of River’s limits. River finds freedom in being chained and collared. He relishes serving his ‘Teacher’ and his inner exhibitionist is set free. River is introduced to Phil’s friends at their poker night. He is turned on when he sees Dom Gray getting a blowjob from Dom Warren’s submissive Taylor. He realises that he would love switching places with Taylor. When Phil sees River’s interest, he suggests setting up a scene where River will be used by his friends when its his turn to host poker night.

Things are going great for them, when River has a run in with Terrence who wants him to sign their divorce papers. River is at an all time low and indulges in too much Scotch. He forgets one of the main rules and touches Phil as a way of seeking validation. Phil pushes him away and warns him about their agreement. Resentment starts building for River as he realizes that this arrangement is almost one sided. He sees Phil as a cold fish in his time of need and the domestic servitude doesn’t seem as intriguing anymore. Even though he is ready to give up, he begs Phil for a drop of reassurance. Phil remains stoic and gives River ‘recess’. This leaves River alone to question if this is something he can really live with. He knows deep down that Phil will forever hold back a part of himself.

Before he can continue, he seeks advice from one of Phil’s friends, Dom Charlie. Charlie explains that Phil is a complicated character, but he can see that he values River by the fact that he has been introduced to his friends. Charlie emphasizes that River needs to be patient and reshape his thinking if he wants to be with Phil for the long haul. Charlie explains that River has to look for the underlying nuances to gain insight into Phil’s true feelings. Phil is definitely not unperturbed by River’s absence. It soon becomes clear that he just doesn’t know how to express what he feels. River goes back willingly and is fervent in his dedication to continue his domestic servitude.

River comes with his own set of baggage. He has hang-ups about bottoming which usually results in the embodiment of impotence. They have gotten hot and sweaty many times, but never as far as penetration. Phil decides to make that happen after allowing his friends to have many orgasmic rounds with River on poker night. River is super blissful and exhausted by the time they are alone. It’s closest he’s ever felt to anyone and it is truly a memorable moment.

To the outside world their increased closeness would not be apparent, but this is definitely true in the days following ‘recess’. They go camping and River sees a different more caring side to Phil when his impotence rears its ugly head again. River gets the best part of Phil when he switches up the dynamics and gives him the trust of bottoming for River. Phil is laid bare in all his vulnerability. His austere facade disappears as he opens up emotionally, blooming with passion. Their weeklong camping trip brings about a sense of peace and River has never seen ‘Teacher’ so relaxed. River loves this version of what they have and embraces belonging to Phil.They are definitely closer than they were, but rather than leaving with a renewed resolve. It leaves a whole bunch of unanswered questions for Phil to sort through his head. River sees that Phil needs space so he heads home. That’s where he finds his ex Terrence ensconced in their home waiting for him.

Things have gone south for Terrence after his lover gets charged for stealing pills from the hospital. He is now home for good with apologies rolling off his tongue and his smug attitude. River is faced with all he ever wanted from the moment Terrence walked out, but It leaves him confused and needing to talk to Phil. As soon as he explains to Phil, Phil sets him free . In his own way Phil is devastated, but he knows this is a choice that River has to willingly make. River wanted Phil to fight for him, but that’s not Phil’s style. River goes home and Phil turns to the comfort of his friends.

River tries to move on with Terrence who wants to know details about his relationship with Phil. River just glosses over the surface, saying that Phil likes control in bed. Even that is too much, it feels disloyal to talk about Phil and expose his lifestyle to Terrence’s possible ridicule. After about a week River sees the truth, the fact that Terrence has not changed and he is still the same conniving, selfish person he has always been. He finds out that Terrence intercepted a letter sent by Phil. When he reads the letter, he sees through Phil’s soul and he realized that maybe he doesn’t need Phil to fight for him, maybe he needs to be the one to fight for Phil. Phil lays himself bare and finally River understands the nuances that points to love. Phil has always been patient, giving and allowing River to be himself without ridicule or recriminations. Without hesitation River packs his stuff and goes home to kneel before his ‘teacher’. Phil is overcome with love and even though he is the teacher, he knows finally what it means to belong. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear. It is a very unorthodox relationship, certainly not for everyone, but the love ,trust and vulnerability that shines through is embedded on my heart.

Rent Me 2: Own Me by Brina Brady

Title : Own Me                Word Count : 344 pgs
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Russian mobster Dmitri Dubrovsky married ex-rent boy Bren. Jealousy is still a big issue for both of them. They fear that the other will find someone better and leave. Dmitri’s ex-boyfriend Viktor is still in love with him and hates Bren. Viktor sets out to cause problems and make Dmitri and Bren question their love and commitment to each other. Bren tries to be the best sub, but feels Dmitri doesn’t take him seriously. Some BDSM elements.

Dmitri gets even more possessive when Bren works with his favorite ex-client from Forbidden Desires Escort Agency. To complicate matters, Russian mobsters threaten the Dubrovsky family.
New Cover on this book.

My Review : It would seem that Brennen and Dmitri still have a lot of kinks to iron out , even though they are newly married. Their kink level is extremely high and Brennen spends most of his time enduring some form of corporal punishment or another. Dmitri is even more controlling and possessive than ever. When he finds out that Bren will be associating with his former favorite client from his rentboy days, Dmitri is uncontrollably jealous. He places Bren in a cock cage and a locked anal plug.
Bren becomes infuriated when he thinks that Dmitri might me cheating on him with his ex boyfriend Viktor. They have a long standing rivalry over the sexy Dmitri. Brennen goes after Viktor with guns blazing, literally. Bren goes all crazy on Viktor, and it takes the two brothers Mischa and Dmitri to calm Bren down. Mischa is as confused as ever about Dmitri and Bren’s relationship, he doesn’t understand the BDSM element to their love and he doesn’t condone it especially when Bren is being punished.
Bren’s past comes raring it’s ugly head in the form of his former abuser who happens to be Dmitri’s older brother Adrik. All their lives seem to be entangled and Dmitri is forced to have a relationship with Adrik as danger threatens to strike close to home. Bren is also forced to reconnect with Adrik in order to help out a newfound friend.
The master / slave dynamic becomes more pronounced in Dmitri and Bren’s relationship . It produced some very intense, very hot sexual situations. Also, it brought them closer in a way that nothing else did. It is clear that Bren not only needs discipline, he thrives on it and it solidifies their union causing bonds that are unbreakable. However, Bren’s quicksilver temper and Dmitri’s overbearing possessiveness soon leads them into another fight.

There is absolutely no doubt about it that Dmitri and Bren are oh so hot together, but it gets a bit exhausting watching them fight and make up so many times. Their makeup is almost instantaneous when Bren gets in trouble and has to ask Dmitri to bail him out. Dmitri does that without even blinking an eye , because at the end of the day he loves Bren like no other. Things really start heating up and after a kidnapping attempt on Bren, Dmitri makes the decision to move all of his family members to Germany for awhile. Bren and Dmitri have a lot of issues, but they stand strong in the face of adversity and their love seems truly invincible. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.

Favorite Quotes : 1. “That’s it, boy,” Dmitri said. “Stick that cute little ass in the air. I’m going to smack my big balls against those tight round cheeks. I could fuck you till you pass out and I’d still be shoving my big dick into your wet hole.” ( Nothing like a bit of dirty talk to get Bren’s engine revving.)

2.“Good boy. Now come on, open up more for me. I want to get in deeper. Swallow my cock with your wet boy lips. I’m going to come deeper inside your ass.” Dmitri wrapped his arm around Brennen, stroking his cock faster. Dmitri twisted Brennen’s nip rings with his other hand, bringing moans of pleasure from him. He shifted hands, holding his hairless balls while pulling his foreskin back as far as possible. The pain and pleasure caused Brennen to moan in delight. He spread his legs wider, allowing Dmitri fuller access. “Ahh—I’m coming,” Dmitri shouted. Dmitri flooded him with his cum, igniting Brennen to spill his load in five quick spurts. Brennen made animal grunting sounds as his cum landed in Dmitri’s hand. He milked Dmitri until he pulled out. Both rolled into each other’s arms. ( These two were meant for each other, they are soooo hot together.)

Indiscreet 6: Caden’s Dilemma by A.C. Katt

Title : Caden’s Dilemma          Word Count : 54,000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Masato is a rich sub who has no life, Caden has a life but no money, can Caden get past his pride to be Masato’s Master.

There are only two things that Masato knows—how to write brilliant code and how to fly in subspace. He is rapidly losing control of the company he founded because the CEO he hired is running roughshod over him.

Masato needs someone to help him run his life, his business and the charities he wants to found. He thinks he might have found his Master in Caden. There is one problem, Masato is a billionaire and Caden has more than his fair share of pride. Can Caden get over his pride and help Masato take back control of his life or is Masato doomed to a life of fending off men who only want his money?

My Review :  It is quite clear that all the submissives in ‘club sub’ at the popular BDSM club Indiscreet are quite accomplished young men. So far they have added a psychiatrist,  accountant , business owner among other professions. One of the few paid subs, Masato  is a force to be reckoned with in his own right. Masato designed a very intricate software program at the age of sixteen which allowed him to be a billionaire and retiree at age twenty-two. Masato is on a journey to explore his submissive side at leisure.  He has enjoyed the lifestyle so far for a year, but he still has not found that perfect Dom that pushes all his buttons.

Masato is in a very unusual position due to his extreme wealth, because money tends to shift the power dynamics in any relationship even more so a Dom/sub union. Masato is looking for a  Dom who can  overlook his wealth, while at the same time making all the decisions in their lives and being fiscally smart. He thinks he might have met his perfect match in Caden, the new Director of Security of Indiscreet  and sub Danny’s older brother.  Masato appreciates many of the values he sees displayed in Caden.

Caden is smitten from the first moment he is partnered up with Masato for Danny and Gary’s summertime wedding. Caden appreciates Masato’s submissive nature while at the same time being able to communicate intelligently in any given situation. Masato is well known in the club for being able to take a certain amount of pain . When Caden uses his flogger with knotted roses on Masato , he knows they are close to a perfect match. Masato responds beautifully to Caden’s flogging and is in subspace after the third hit.

Caden is cautioned by Reed to get to know Masato properly for three months before getting too involved.  Reed is aware of Masato’s true identity and has been protecting it from the other club members due to Masato’s extreme wealth and his position as a sub. Only Reed knows that Masato is really Johnny Nguyen,  billionaire.

Masato has a few sleepovers at Caden’s but things get dicey due to him having to hide his wealth. He steers clear of his home and tries to hide his limousine and driver. Masato is very worried how his omission will affect his relationship that is beginning to mean everything to him. After he is invited to the sub club weekly teatime, he starts opening up to the other subs who he realizes are great friends and allies. They advise him as best as they can when he dicloses his secret. Danny warns Masato that his brother will be upset and he will see this ommission as a lie.

Masato builds up the courage and decides to tell the man who he loves the whole truth. He invites Caden to his home. When Caden gets to the house , he realized there was something off about Masato. Caden is furious when Masato exposes his true identity and storms out without giving him a chance to explain. Masato is devastated as the thing he feared the most has come to pass. Once again he is rejected because of someone not being able to look beyond his wealth. He is left to pick up the shattered pieces of his heart. The sub club are called in and they support and embrace Johnny in solace shedding their tears right alongside him and making their masters lives hell.

Caden understands the full weight of what he has done when he sees the masters the next day. All the masters are furious with Caden and they let him know in no uncertain terms where he can stuff his pride. Bear and Gary hate to see their mates crying,  Cisco is deprived of his breakfast, Bull can’t find anything in his house and Reed’s life is definitely not running smooth because Jim is on the warpath. Caden gets a taste of the subs wrath and quickly realized that they are the ones in charge. When they are upset and commiserating with tears at Johnny’s plight, everything is turned upside down in their masters lives.

Johnny refuses all  of Caden’s attempts at an apology and gives him the cold shoulder.  It takes a fire at Johnny’s house and being hurt to make them both see what they almost lost. Caden sets his pride aside and takes charge as soon as he gets to the hospital by dealing with Johnny’s affairs. Johnny acknowledges the changes in Caden seeing for the first time that Caden truly loves him despite his pride. Caden and Johnny can’t wait to start their lives as master and sub properly. They have a bedside wedding while Johnny convalesces. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.

Guards of Folsom 1: Pup by SJD Peterson

Title : Pup                            Word Count :  61,898

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Micah “Pup” Slayde knows he wants Tackett Austin the moment he lays eyes on him in the Guards of Folsom. Micah wants to have purpose, to be taken care of, and to take care of his Dom—wants to trust him completely, live for him, belong to him. To become his everything. Micah is sure Tackett is the one. The problem is, in order to be the perfect sub, he needs to stay focused, and that’s not easy for Micah, who suffers from what he refers to as a “broken brain.” Focus and adult attention deficit disorder rarely coexist.

Ever since Ty Callahan and Blake Henderson’s collaring ceremony, Tackett’s been thinking too much about his own loneliness. Even though Ty introduces Micah and urges Tackett to give him a try, Tackett isn’t so easily convinced. He’s spent his life pursuing a successful business career, and the subs he dominates almost never enjoy the kiss of his leather twice. Twenty years Micah’s senior, Tackett has no interest in taking on and taming such a young and naughty sub—but it’s difficult to resist such an adorable pup when he begs.

My Review : My first impression  of Micah is that he seems very cocky and too mouthy for a submissive.  Tackett the grouchy Dom tends to agree. As much as he finds Micah  attractive,  he finds his brazen approach very off-putting. Micah makes it very obvious that he has his sights set on Tackett. Tackett has become very introspective due to his birthday and he thinks he is way too old for Micah who is 20 yrs younger than him. Most of the Doms at the club are all paired up in stable unions and Tackett is definitely jealous and wistful when he sees them together. Tackett ‘s friends suggest that he should avail himself of the overly eager  Micah who is tripping over his feet to please Tackett.

After their first night of fun filled scorching-hot sex, Tackett  is intrigued and definitely warming up to Micah. He realizes that  Micah is an energetic,  fun, sweet lovable young man who is desperately in need of a Dom. Although Micah is flighty, Tackett  notices that when commanded sternly he settles down and focuses on  his submissive role. Tackett is slowly coming to the realization that Micah just might be the one thing he wants most in life.  Micah wants a Dom who can fulfill his needs in the bedroom as well as  outside in his everyday life. Tackett is still a little skeptical about how serious Micah can be as a full-time sub but he surely loves the challenge  that Micah presents.

Tackett soon realizes that trying to teach Micah patience is  an endeavor in futility.

Halfway through the book, I didn’t quite like the feeling of the dynamics of the Dom/sub relationship.  It felt as if Tackett found Micah to be defective, due to the fact that Micah has ADD and finds it hard to focus on one thing. I found Tackett to be a little selfish because he wants everything to be about his pleasure and he is very restrictive about what he wants as a Dom. I think he forgets the whole premise of a Dom/sub relationship is taking care of the sub in every way. I honestly don’t think he fulfilled that emotional need for Micah. His demands are deepening Micah’s self esteem issues. Although he praised Micah and let him know he was proud of him, the integrity was lacking because he would demean him shortly thereafter.  In my opinion, Tackett was a little bit sadistic and took pleasure in Micah’s pain and discomfort. On the other hand,  there is Micah who seems to have no sense of self and lacks identity. His whole aim in life is to fulfill the needs of his Dom and be his everything. He has no ambition of bettering himself unless it’s to the pleasure of his Dom. I definitely don’t understand this behavior and I think this goes way beyond being a submissive and is more akin to being a ‘doormat’.  There is an innate need for everyone to want something for themselves outside of being with our beloved partners.  For Micah to say otherwise is mind-boggling.

Tackett  was so unreasonable in his expectations of Micah that he punished him for touching stuff and petting a puppy at a farmers  market.  There is a method to his madness apparently as Tackett claims that he was teaching him a lesson in desensitization so that Micah wouldn’t be so fidgety and touching things unnecessarily. Eventually,  they both got their happily ever after. I am on the fence about this one. There are parts that I like and Tackett is sweet at times, but something was missing for me. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.

Indiscreet 5: Gary’s Choice by A.C . Katt

Title : Gary’s Choice                  Word Count :55,000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Can someone that suffered when he came out go back in the closet for love? Should he have to?

Danny, a house sub at Indiscreet, loves Gary, a former major league pitcher. Gary wants a contract but he’s still bound by his agreement with his manager which forbids him from coming out.

Danny and Gary, with the help of their friends at Indiscreet, find a middle ground and sign a contract. But will it be enough?

My Review : So far, we’ve met quite a few different Doms from different stations in life with different requests and protocols specific to their subs. Gary is a professional baseball player who was introduced briefly in book 3 where he attempted to get a contract from Greg and was outbid by Dom de Loria. House sub Danny is totally in love with Gary and would love to get a contract from him. Gary proposes a contract, the only stipulation is that it has to remain a secret. Being a a professional baseball player is definitely not conducive to their lifestyle. As much as Danny has gotten under his skin, he can’t be out due to it being a breach of his professional contracts. 

It doesn’t take long for Gary to fall under Danny’s spell. He soon realizes that he will brave coming out of the closet to have someone sweet like Danny in his life forever. Gary sees that he can’t abide the stipulations of secrecy set in their contract. He hires a team of lawyer and agent to fine tune his professional contracts,  so that he won’t lose his endorsements and can continue with his life with Danny with pride. He comes out for Danny on national TV and he proudly announces to all that Danny is his after Danny’s brother Caden gives his approval. Gary has enemies that would like to keep him in the closet and under their thumb. They are easily vanquished with the help of the ‘family’ which includes all the Doms and the omnipresent subs who knows and sees all. Danny and Gary has a beautiful wedding and collaring ceremony with everybody in attendance. As  bear said “all us kinky bastards have to stay together”. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.  

Indiscreet 4: Bull’s Whip by A.C. Katt

Title : Bull’s Whip                 Word Count :56,000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Twinks are stronger than they appear and Bull is going to rue the day he thought differently.

Jamie O’Hara has been crushing on Bull Raleigh, the Dungeon Master at Indiscreet, for months. Bull hates twinks and Jamie is an gorgeous looking ebony haired twink personfied. Jamie is far from a twink and sets out to prove it. But in proving it Jamie ends up in danger from a white slavery ring. Can Bull put aside his prejudice to keep Jamie safe? When Jamie needs a safe place when he is threatened, Bull insists he stay with him. Jamie arrives with a White Persian Cat, the twinkiest cat in catdom, Bull struggles to stay above water as this set of twinks take over his life.

My Review : That old saying Walks like a twink, looks like a twink, must be a twink, isn’t always true especially in Jamie’s case. Jamie has all the trappings of a twink and Dungeon Master Bull Raleigh can’t stand twinks. It is up to Jamie to prove his worth to Bull who needs a sub who can truly handle pain. Jamie has a serious crush on Bull and does all he can to put himself out there. He is rebuffed each time he tries something new and Bull is down right rude and uncaring of his feelings. Bull is a self centered asshole who is filled with his own importance.  He is a judgemental, biased prick who is using his past hurtful experience to stigmatize all twinks. He sees twinks as puny , backstabbing gold diggers and Brian, Jim and Jamie are up in arms to break him of his preconceived notions.

Jamie sets out to prove Bull wrong about his pain threshold and in the process is severely beaten by a Dom and kidnapped by a sex slavery ring. All the Doms head to to shore to look for Jamie and are just in time to save him and eleven other men. They have captured all the thugs except for one and Jamie is the only one that saw his face. The police wants to put Jamie in witness protection , but Bull steps in and make the decision to take Jamie home. He plans on keeping Jamie safe until the bad guy is captured. 

At this point , Jamie is turned off by all of Bull’s disparaging comments about twinks and even his Persian  cat who Bull says is twinky. Jamie and Bull forms a tentative friendship after Bull goes into therapy with Greg for his issues. Bull has damaged Jamie’s self esteem making him feel lower than dirt , so he does a few sessions with Greg also. Bull has the space and he can  protect Jamie. The parameters surrounding their friendship becomes blurred after Jamie volunteers for a caning scene. While he was in subspace, Bull took the liberty of relieving him of his virginity. The aftermath for Jamie is devastating because he didn’t want his first time to be so meaningless to the other person.   

I must say I didn’t find any redeeming qualities of Bull’s from the start to the finish. I couldn’t warm up to him and it was very disconcerting to see his methods seeing as how he is the dungeon  master.  Bull was very unforgiving,  almost like he was waiting for Jamie to fail so he could punish him. Honestly,  licking boots, I just don’t see what that does for anyone. Bull is definitely on a power trip and I really don’t see him as a great Dom. Bull is very manipulative and I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a main character this much right up until the end. He had no scruples and did whatever he wanted to get into Jamie’s pants. Very dissapointed.  Bull finally acknowledged his love for Jamie when there is a club auction.  For me, I think this was a little too late. This  one was really a long hard road for me. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try. 

Indiscreet 3: Cisco’s Boy by A.C.Katt

Title : Cisco’s Boy                           Word Count :55, 000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Master Cisco de Loria wants everything from his new sub Greg Harris, that is everything but love, in fact his contract expressly forbids it.

Dr. Greg Harris finally has the money to buy a submissive membership at Indiscreet, a gay BDSM club. The only thing he wants is to have Dr. Cisco de Loria as his Master. Cisco wants Greg too, but the one thing Greg most wants to give, Cisco refuses to take, Greg’s love. Cisco is so sure he doesn’t need love that he puts it in as a clause in their contract. If Greg ever mentions love, the contract is terminated. Cisco finds out the hard way that things somehow don’t always work out the way you plan.

My Review : These two have been well liked secondary characters from the very beginning.  Dr. Greg Harris is the psychiatrist that has helped the sub Brian with his memories of child abuse and Reed the Dom who is bipolar. Dr. Harris has made it clear that he is in love with Dr. Francisco de Loria who has no clue. Greg has recently become a member of club Indiscrete where he is paying to be a sub. He only has one Dom in mind and that’s Cisco. Cisco is very surprised to see Greg being introduced as one of the new subs and he immediately puts in a bid to have him for six months.  Master Dom Bear negotiates the contract for them. The only stipulation that Cisco wants to add is that Greg should not expect love from him or fall in love with him. Cisco is adamant about this as he refuses to have his heart crushed again. Greg is willing to have Cisco in his life , however he can get him.

Cisco is very specific about how he wants to take care of his boy and his word is law. He puts Greg in charge of the maintenance of the home, but in everything else he is the Dom. Cisco wants all the financial burdens to fall to him and he has more than enough money to take care of him and his boy comfortably.  The only thing he requires of Greg is full obedience,  companionship,  great intellectual conversations and sex at his disposal. 

The relationship progressed really well between these two. Greg was really attentive to all of Cisco’s  needs and it soon became clear that it wouldn’t be easy for Cisco to stay detached. Cisco had issues concerning his money,   since his previous lover cheated on him and wiped him out financially. Cisco is lucky that after his parents died they left him over a hundred million dollars and he has guarded it ever since, making sure that his lovers have no clue about how wealthy he is. Cisco is able to see right off the bat that Greg would like to remain financially independent. This is the only contention in their relationship that earns Greg punishment.

Greg does everything in his power to please his Dom, but he doesn’t always feels as if it’s enough. He wants to be everything to Cisco , but he has to keep on reminding himself about the stipulation in their contract about not falling in love. The heart wants what the heart wants. His close friendship with Brian and Jim is what keeps his head above water, and his perseverance and faith in love that continues to guide him in his relationship with his Dom. His friends encourage him to watch Cisco’s actions rather than his words. It is obvious to all their friends that Cisco is so in love with his boy. It takes an almost tragedy where one of Greg’s psychiatric patients tries to hurt him for Cisco to confess his true feelings.

This was another enjoyable addition to this series. I didn’t feel as much connection with these two as I did with Jim and Reed,  but they were definitely a solid couple with a great sex life. I really like the fact that the author is drawing attention to mental health issues which has been the premise for all the stories that I have read so far. In our society today , I think it is really important that we not shy away from the ‘touchy’ subjects,  but rather highlight them as part of our everyday lifes. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.