Trusting Thomas

Collars & Cuffs, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Series: Collars & Cuffs, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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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' 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 lion's den alive, so Thomas can tell his boy he loves him?

©2013 K.C. Wells (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Kermit...

GREAT BOOK!! I loved this book, even though the narrator made Thomas sound a bit like Kermit the frog Lolz there goes my childhood memories!! XD

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No "dom" should be trusted

There were so many things wrong with this story in so many ways. I found it offensive. Even though it’s a gay romantic fantasy, one expects some rational behavior from the characters but there was none. I’ve read several other stories from this series and I expected a certain level of writing even though it’s just gay porn but Trusting Thomas was the worst. What man with an ounce of sensitivity places a kidnapped victim with PTSD in the hands of another “dom” who threatens punishment for any slight misstep, will not permit masturbation without permission and insist on indentured servitude. Truly not as a bad a situation as it was before he was kidnapped but still he was treated like an eight year old and demeaned. If one were really offering to help, you could offer shelter and counseling until the man was stable enough for employment and able to make his own rational decisions. As a reader of BDSM novels I expect some titillation, sexual adventure, humor but this was offensive and made me sad for this young man who was not in a condition to make good decisions for himself, had been cruelly abused but still his new “dom” insisted on calling him boy and not by his name. BDSM in fantasy novels should be consensual, sexually exciting and even fun. But when a character is victimized and objectified while he’s not in his right mind after being brutally abused, it's not a fun read, It's still stockholm syndrome no matter how you look at it. If Thomas wanted to help Peter he should have dropped the BDSM crap and offered to be a friend until the abused man could get on his feet. What kind of friend makes you sign a contract?

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Life changing

For anyone who has wanted to know about what it's really like in the BDSM scene this book is highly important to read or listen to. The author writes beautifully honest and descriptive scenes that leave you wanting to only continue to the next chapter. The characters are real and make you feel like you want to be one of them have been one of them or would like to encounter one of them or more. Nick is also an amazing reader. His ability to change his voice and really make you feel as if you are that character is an important part of this book as well. I truly look forward to more in the series.

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journey of recovery, discovery and love

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Just as good as the 1st book. I loved seeing Alex and Leo and them being involved throughout. I loved that Peter had a friend in Alex.
Thomas.. this Dom is amazing, patient, and beautiful. A Dom who trains other Doms and Subs perhaps he needs to be, but wow. How he handled every aspect of Peter was awesome. This book pushed all my buttons and made me cry.
There is no age to love! Thomas learned well that, as a fifty-six years old man, he could love and be loved! And destiny brought him his love match... Peter! Peter has twenty-six, he is a man that endured hell as a another man's sub, and that found in Thomas his sanctuary, where he felt protected, where he learned what a D/s relationship is, and most of all, he learned how to trust on another man!

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Great story!

I liked everything about this book. I was invested in the characters lives and especially liked the fact that there was such a large age difference between them. I'm glad they were able to overcome this. Sex scenes were great. My only criticism would be that I wish Thomas had dropped out of Master mode more often and called Peter by his name rather than boy.

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Nice Story, NJR Does a Great Job

I've enjoyed K.C. Wells and Parker Williams' Secrets series so much I felt like I really oughta finish the Collars and Cuffs series. I read the first one ages ago and didn't love it. Trusting Thomas was pretty good - better in part to Nick J. Russo's wonderful narration. It's an interesting story, with wonderful characters, and I'm elevating it to four stars thanks to some pretty creative edging scenes.

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I love this book

the story makes you think and laugh all the way throw the book. I love this book

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Amazing Listen

The narrator is a perfect choice for this one. I absolutely loved the kindle version and had to add the audiobook. I’m glad I did.

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trusting Thomas

good sorry, terrible narration. they should have got a Brit, not an American! good characters tho.

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Absolutely Transformational for Main Characters

I am a devotee of the writing of KC Wells and truly believe that this is one of her greatest stories. I physically read the book a number of years ago and having recently started purchasing audiobooks, this was one of the first titles I purchased. If you are curious, as I was, there is a difference, between listening to the story and reading the story. In reading, your mind uses the author's words to conjure the characters and situations in with they find themselves. However, in listening, the narrator has used those same words to conjure those same situations and characters and uses their voice, both accent and inflection, to help you in your own conjecture. Your own mind pictures, at least in my case, will usually be more colorful and vital when listening.

The two main characters, Thomas, a 50ish, settled, dominant and business partner in a distinguished gay BDSM club in Manchester, England and Peter, a 26-year-old young man who longed to be a submissive but had ended up being an abused, beaten sex slave of a man who called himself a Master but was really a sadistic criminal, find themselves living in the same house after Peter is rescued from his former circumstances and taken to Thomas to save him from the clutches from his former 'Master'. Thomas takes on the task of caring for Peter and helping him to recover from the torture, both physical and psychological, that Peter has lived through the last years. Thomas believes he will perform this task as a dispassionate, although compassionate, man and when Peter has become a healthy version of himself, Thomas will vet other Dominants to see who would be an appropriate one to whom Peter could attach. Of course, as with most romances, even BDSM and erotic, plans do not always go as planned and different ones end up being written.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the developing tale of Peter and Thomas and know that we will be hearing more from them throughout the rest of the series. I enjoyed Nick Russo's use of voices to distinguish between the different characters in this book, as he did in book 1, An Unlocked Heart, and he carried over the voices of those main characters to this book appropriately. Peter and Thomas have a ways to go for their pinnacle and they have the full support of those around them to go the full route!

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  • Chris Farrell
  • 10-03-18

Second in series and I am still hooked

I reviewed the first book in the series (An Unlocked Heart) and most of what I said in that review applies to this book too.

Others have commented on the poor performance of the narrator and regrettably it does detract from the story being read. Why do we have an American reading a book set in the UK when he cannot pronounce English words correctly?

Other than that, the book is first a foremost a gay romance. Set in the world of BDSM which is shown for what it really is and not having a Top beat the cr*p out of a submissive, which seems to be what sooo many ill-informed people seem to think that sort of lifestyle is all about. As I got into the story I found a love for the characters and the love and real deep care shown by Dominants for their submissives. The feeling of trust returned with compassion and care is an amazin gpart of this kind of relationship and that is what comes through in this series.

OK I may have a bias because I would love to find a relationship like that - where the sex is only PART of a much much larger bonding.

Friends have heard me listening to the book and have commented 'oh God it's that sex book again', but they are soo wrong. Yes, the language is explicit and descriptions of the sex scenes can be graphic, but they are in context and it is not just for titillation.

So it's clear I am a major fan of KC Wells and this series, try it for yourself and you may be surprised.

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  • Harry Taylor
  • 11-09-17

Story let down by wrong accent

I enjoyed the story. It’s the second in the series that I’ve listened to. However the American accent is a dead loss. Surely there was an English guy available!

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  • Katy
  • 09-09-15

Story good, narration dodgy

I enjoyed the story, not just about a Dom sub relationship developing but it also has intrigue.
My problem was the narration. The American narrator attempting English dialects is 'interesting'. Thomas sounds like Kermit the Frog.

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  • Celpompom
  • 04-13-20

Great audiobook

This is an amazing book and the narration really brought it to life. I love Thomas and Peter. They have so much to overcome through this book. Peter, more than Thomas of course, but Thomas still has to thread very careful and be there for his boy. The narration was on point, really bringing the characters to life, making me love (and hate) them all the more. Great audiobook. Caution if you have triggers as some things are hard to listen to at times.