Master Thomas sees a submissive man aching for surrender if only Linus can be convinced not to fear The Hampton Road Club.
Linus never wants to return to Hampton Road after being attacked by a Master there. Even though he aches for the attention of Master Thomas—the one who he’d originally wanted—he isn’t sure he can ever trust another Master not to abuse him again.
Thomas is furious with himself for not protecting the beautiful young submissive whose company he’d enjoyed on a few occasions. He’s relieved that there have been some recent changes to help protect the men who offer themselves at the sadomasochism club. It’s about time to bring Hampton Road into the progressive age of the 1920’s. Now that the new rules are in place, perhaps he can woo Linus into giving him a chance.
As Thomas goes out of his way to be kind to him, Linus wonders if he’s misjudged the Master. He’s still not sure if there’s a future for them. What if he never wants to surrender to another man? When he allows Thomas to teach him the joys of Dominance and submission, Linus discovers that he not only wants to surrender, he wants to be claimed permanently. If only Thomas’ old life doesn’t come back to haunt them and destroy their chance of being together forever.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of figging and piercing.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I was nervous about reading these. 1920’s America is not my favorite era, but Ms. Knight does such an amazing job keeping us involved in the story of the lives of these charaters the surroundings and slang words and other props she uses to keep us in the 1920 just flow so perfectly I forget I really don’t like reading it.
Poor Linus, so far he’s the one I’ve felt the most sorry for. He’s had a tough time of it since he jumped on that train from his farmland to the big city. He’s wanted to believe and be what the others have suggested he is, a sub. But then that happened.
Thomas has been watching Linus and is kicking himself and we are kicking him as well, that how much emotion is rolling off these pages. When we get these encounters between these two the gentle way Thomas guides Linus, helps heal him, shows him not all Dom’s are bad. It’s just heart warming. And makes me realize that even though the submissive men in these books are young and have had tragic things happen to them. We don’t get all that whining that really turns me off. They buck up and show the men that love them they are worthy of that love.