18-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 and 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 and 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.
©2014 K.C. Wells, Parker Williams (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
I was really worried by Scott and all his online experience of meeting a guy from another country and being "invited" to go live with Jeff in UK... But then, when I though things would really get bad for Scott, he met Ben...
Ben is a Dom in training at Collars and Cufs and he let's Scott live with him temporarilly until a better solution if found for Scott.
I must confess that I wanted to hit Ben upside the head a lot of times, to make him see what was right in front of him, and that Scott was perfect for him.
Even wanting to strangle Ben a few times (hehehe), I loved this story and how Scott and Ben found their way into a relationship.
J.Loves2Read From Alpha Book Club
This book follows Scott & Ben- Scott, an 18 year old young man who flew to the U.K. To be with "Jeff" a man he had fallen for via Internet -- arriving at his destination, there was no Jeff.
Alone in a strange place, Ben saves Scott and takes him to meet his friends at "Collars & Cuffs Club" to see how they can all help the displaced boy. Scott, is not sure if he is hallucinating or suffering severe jet-lag but he had to be imagining what he is seeing at this "Club" Ben had brought him to..
Their relationship continues to grow from that day..but Ben is looking for a submissive and Scott is not sure what he wants except for someone to keep him, however he and Ben come to an agreement after Leo gets involved to make Ben see he doesn't want Scott going to another Dom.
This Is a great story. Like other books in this series the men have some emotional damage but they are still lovable and the story will make you laugh and cry..
It's great to keep seeing previous couples such as "Alex & Leo" & "Thomas & Peter" -- the narrator is different in this book but still does a good job.
Overall 4 stars for story & performance -- (Audiobook Reviewed by Alpha Book Club)
Nick Russo's performance highlights this finely detailed story. The characters come alive in this realistic BDSM themed novel with 80% emotional / 20% sexual content, roughly speaking :-) I enjoyed seeing Ben and Scott mature by way of their "chance" relationship and — having spent some time as a sub myself — resonate with much of what was revealed. Good stuff!
I think the person who is insecure about his own sexuality might enjoy it more. I don't like the way the main character Scott thought of himself as just a mindless pet. I think the homosexual relationship could be upgraded to one of mutual service. And that means more than just what happens behind closed doors. That is like five percent of gay life. I am talking housekeeping; getting an education; making an income. All the other necessary things that allow people to live.
I don't like the presumption that Scott just thought of himself as a mindless slave. What about if his partner dies. In real life that happens to everyone gay or straight. You got to deal with life should you outlive your partner.
I think that would be one big maybe. I did enjoy the British accent. That kind of added authenticity to the narration.
I think the redeeming quality is Scott found a life in Manchester, England. It is kind of like a permanent OZ over the rainbow story with a gay theme.
Books on Fire are AUDIO books. I listen to one a day & plan to write that review per day as well. NOT normal book reviews - Audio feedback.
I just adore the story. It is one that I will continue to listen to over and over again. I love the dynamics of Thomas and Leo and Alex and Peter. I want to have dinner with all of them. They are my fictional family for sure.
It makes the club look normal. The way the boys play is fun. It's not over-the-top. There are actual limits and I trust the author to keep that steady.
Of course the scene was when Joe asked the boy to strip. Nailbiting!
Oh God I hate the mother and father so when they showed up I think I just knew and start bawling. I suppose I would've cried more about Ben's mom but the author didn't really make it that big of a deal. I think I expected more from that.
BEN was my biggest problem with this story..
I can honestly say I've NEVER wanted to punch someone more than I did Ben in this book. I really disliked him as a character .I'm positive that no-one who thinks of himself as a Dom worthy of the title would treat a sub like he treated Scott, pushing him away not once but TWICE and the second time they even had a contract in place but Ben sent him away back to the US!! He was far too bothered about his money situation and too proud to consider the 'charity' that Leo was offering...and it wasn't charity, it was a fund to help boys like Scott get themselves on their feet!!
Scott is very young and extremely naive and innocent, having lead a sheltered life in the US. He heads across the globe to Manchester, without money or clothes, to meet up with Jeff, a guy he met online.
Another huge problem for me was Scott's parents just happened to turn up, not only in Manchester but at the hospital where Ben was lying injured after being hit by a drunk driver...how the hell did they know where Ben and Scott were??
All in all, a disappointing story for me personally but I'm sure others will see things differently.
the couple Ben and Scott went through a lot of hard times but when they came together it was pure love. it was an awesome book love the series can't wait for more.
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