A Collars & Cuffs story
Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn't been living--merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester's gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can't keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo's gaze, but that's like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.
Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he's drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who's been eating in his area nearly every night.
Leo won't let Alex's hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo's bedroom...and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized and never wanted anyone to see.
©2013 K C Wells (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
Wonderfully written story
I love how Leo stood up for Alex in front of his family. Great show of solidarity.
I'm going to say that I really like Nick Russo's narrative style in most books, but I feel as if he was phoning this one in. First off, the story took place in England if I'm not mistaken, so it kind of threw me that there was no British narrator. This being said, I could have overlooked that if he had sounded like the content was interesting or read with a bit more feeling. Unfortunately, his performance weighs down the great story that made me want to listen to it.
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I'd love to listen to more of Ms. Well's books, with the proper narrator. If you want to hear Nick at his best, listen to Chasing the Sun. He does an amazing job with that.
Leo has been neglecting his own desires since the loss of his last submissive. When his friends ask him to help with Alex’s training, he realizes he needs something more in his life than just running the club.
Alex is new to the scene in all ways and closeted and very shy. It takes Leo to make him admit his own desires and have the strength to come out to his ultra-conservative family.
For people who are new to BDSM or like it on the “light” side this is a good book as it isn’t too… extreme. If BDSM is definitely NOT your thing, then skip this series.
The relationship is definitely highlighted along with the physical aspect of their relationship so there is a good balance. The angst is fair, sometimes a bit contrived in my opinion, but mostly appropriate.
Nick J Russo is one of my favorite narrators. He has this amazing deep and penetrating voice that tends to give me shivers.
Unfortunately his voice just didn’t work in this story. I didn’t like his “Leo”. I thought the voice his chose was too feminine and not nearly hard-nosed enough to be the Dom that he was. I also thought a few of his other voices – the cop, Alex’s dad, and some others were a little too over the top and they were distracting.
Usually I just gush about him but I didn’t think this story was a good fit for him.
World Building/Characterizations 4
Overall 3.3 out of 5 stars
Story takes place in the tough industrial city of Manchester, England. But I'd guess that the reader is a twenty year old American suburbanite. And the reader has only three voices: 1) for a if 50 year old dominant - a voice that sounds very much like Kermit the Frog; 2) for all other big hyper masculine dons - a voice just like Andy Sandberg's from SNL when he's playing a California surfer boy; and 3) the reader's regular voice for everyone else, male or female. I'm sure the cheap publisher saved lots of money in hiring this guy to read Unlocked Heart, but save your own and look elsewhere for an audiobook.
Love this series. And it's great to have it on audible.
But I'm not totally happy with the person reading, he makes some of the people sound slow.
But overall it's great and worth it.
Leo is perfect, not only as the big bad dom who certainly conjures all kinds of naughty thoughts in my head… but also as a man that is fallible and vulnerable. Alex has some issues of his own which cause him to be shy and insecure. He is a closeted college graduate who lives with his uncaring family, and who also happens to be a virgin. Leo is a bit older than Alex, approximately a fifteen-year difference, but it doesn’t seem to be much of an issue, and they seem to hit it off.
This was a beautiful story of two men fulfilling an emotional need in the other.
This is a new type of romance 4 me. I have read all of K. C. Wells books in this series and have enjoyed them all. The narrator is great love the voice. Just want to say have read each book more than once and know I will read them again.
"Raunchy easy listen"
Good story that's easy to listen to - can stop and start and you don't lose the story. Just wish that books set in England were narrated by some one with a UK accent. That I have to say is the one down side to this book.
"Beautiful story but .... an American narrator?!"
This is a beautiful story, I love the development of Alex and Leo's relationship, the way BDSM is portrayed in this book is fantastic, it shows the basic principal of Safe, Sane and Consensual. It also shows some of the common pitfalls such as people who don't understand. This is just one of those stories that gives me all of the warm and fuzzies.
Oh so many! I love when all the doms show up to move Alex but Alex and Leo in the group room .... OMG So sexy!
He did but I was not that fond of the way he portrayed the doms, especially Leo. These guys have very commanding voices, Leo sounded more insipid than Alex, Thomas was also not good and Miles sounded like a twink! Also Leo seemed to turn into some kind of parody voice that at some points that was frankly creepy!
This story makes me laugh, cry, need alone time with my kindle, sigh like a love lorn heroine .... all of the feels!
This book is written by a UK author and is set in Manchester. Whilst it is not overly British there are British phrases and mannerisms which I why I was very surprised to find the narrator was American! As a narrator I liked him, but not for this book. I am terribly disappointed that someone English could not be found, and I'm not saying I wanted Mancunian accents throughout but some of it just sounded weird coming out of an American's mouth
"Wonderful story, superbly narrated."
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which is book 1 in KC Wells Collars and Cuffs series. The narration by Nick J Russo was perfect. I'm looking forward to him narrating more of this series.
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