When Kane Harris’s world turns upside down, his lifelong best friend is the only one to catch him.
Years ago, Ian Kelly accepted Kane would never return his love, since he knows Kane believes he’s incapable of it. Ian is willing to settle for what he can get—a best friend, sometimes casual lover, and occasional submissive. He’s learned he can’t live without Kane, but he can’t let Kane know. Because when, not if, Kane confirms that Ian’s love will never be returned, Ian won’t be able to take it. But when Kane loses his job and asks Ian to step up their play to help him deal, Ian’s ability to hide his feelings falters. Then Kane starts his own computer security firm and asks Ian to join him, and Ian struggles further.
It’s not until they visit the exclusive BDSM club the Iron Door that things come to a head. Kane screws up big time, and he’s afraid he can’t fix it. He’s sure he’ll lose his best friend, his Dom, his everything… forever.
I will admit, I had some trepidation reading this book at first. The first was my own bugaboo in that I was afraid it would be like most BDSM books on the market which focus on the pure fantasy and not reality of BDSM. The second was that the book started out slow.
Now, let me reiterate. The book starts out slow. Yes, there is a long play scene right off the bat, but story wise, I will admit I had a hard time keeping reading. (I started it in July and it’s October)
Until the middle. WHAM! Suddenly I was hooked and I adored both Ian and Kane and could not stop reading until the end. Oh, and I’m already re-reading and guess what? It’s no longer being hard to read. And the epilogue is one of the most amazing scenes in the entire book.
Now, that said, let me say there were a few issues with it. Things that I found important to the plot happened ‘off screen’ which as a reader is frustrating and ads angst that shouldn’t have been there. Such as, their friend Greg suggested Kane for a certain job and without talking to Greg, he accepts it. I kept being afraid these guys would turn out to be mafia or something. (They didn’t.) And when he does talk to Greg, it’s off screen so the reader has no clue as to what was said.
And the names…the names were a bit overwhelming. Most of the story was just Kane and Ian, but there were two scenes where we were thrown so many names and I never quite caught them. In the first where Kane met his new business partners, I could understand it. But in the epilogue where tons of names were thrown at us of people at the club. Well, there were several I didn’t recognize – especially the women – and that was a bit jarring because it felt like Kane knew all those people. So why didn’t I?
However, even with the jarring, I LOVED this book. Even though it took me half of the book to get hooked, I LOVED this book. Duncan gets into the minds of both the sub and the dom as they work through their D/s and their regular relationships and does an amazing job of it.
And I hope the author will make this into a series and go into some of the other couples relationships. I want to know more! 🙂
5 Stars. Because I will reread this.