“It had been such a powerful experience for him, sleeping next to his Dom while wearing his collar”
I was hearing such positive comments about this series, I just had to read the first book. I knew at the beginning it was going to be different from the man on man books I’ve read over the past year and I have to say, it certainly was.
Born and raised in the UK, I was extremely happy to find the story set here and in a familiar city, Manchester. What this book does is stand high and proud next to the many US and Canadian books I’ve loved and read. Usually, I find a difference in UK writers, the tone and storytelling is always very different to me. This book however, is equal and at time even better than its overseas brothers.
The two leads, Leo and Alex quite rightly steal the show. It’s their story that keeps you reading. There are several obstacles that the two have to overcome. E.g. Alex coming out to his family and Alex discovering Leo’s job, to name a couple. In retrospect, it’s a bit like having TV episodes. Each week a new obstacle on their journey to be together. It’s simply great.
I thought I knew a lot, but I was proven wrong. I certainly learnt many things about the Dom/Sub culture and how devoted, respectful and passionate it can be. I felt a little uncomfortable at times, but that’s because I didn’t understand or wasn’t familiar with certain rules, contracts and procedures.
“Once this collar is on, you will address me as Sir. Everytime you speak to me. Is that understood?”
The only things I disliked about the story were personal things. I’m not a big fan of coming of age stories featuring a young character exploring his sexuality and I found, there was to much sex, and I tended to skim over these scenes, but that’s just me. If you love your erotic sexual scenes you’ll be in heaven. None of this detracted from my enjoyment of reading the story.
It’s easy to read without overly descriptive scenes so you can put your own imagination to locations and people. It is a love story. Just because the sex is Dom/Sub doesn’t mean a thing. Infact, it comes over as a more committed, stronger and sensual arrangement.
I didn’t get tearful (lol) and I will be reading the next Collar & Cuffs book in the series.