Sam is a naïve young man who arrives in Hollywood to escape his brutal father. When the older, sophisticated Aaron rescues him, Sam discovers what it means to fully surrender himself to another.
Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.
Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.
Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.
They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?
LOVED every word of this book! Really, what else can I put in the review?! I know I’m a little late coming to the, “The Hampton Road Club” party, I believe book four has just been released? And it’s not because I’ve not heard of them or this fabulous author, having read her others series Uniform Encounters (LOVED that series as well) it’s because this one is set in the 1920’s and that’s not my favorite time period. So I stayed away, mores’ the pity. Finally I was in a book loll, and decided to read. First, even though it’s set in the 1920’s and there are references, it’s not over powering. So at times you forget because you are so caught up with Aaron and Sam. Sam, poor, poor Sam, gosh I just wanted to reach in and hug him. And Aaron just resigning himself and his unique taste in sexual passions and art to a sad life and existence, to the point when he does find happiness it takes a dear friend to open his eyes. And just when they think, finally life is grand! WHAM! The danger they thought had passed has found them. I cried, laughed, sighed, and of course grew right along with this couple and the friends. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series, which from my understanding can be read as standalone but I plan to read in order and soon.