Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. When he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. So what if Jarod is probably twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? All he can see is what he’s always wanted—a sub who wants to serve.
Jarod spent twenty-four years with his Master before Fate took him. Four years on, Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughing stock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub?
After several missteps, Eli realizes that in order to find happiness, they will need friends who will understand. At a friend’s insistence, he visits Collars & Cuffs, where they are met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently and he dares to think he can have it all. Until a phone call threatens to take it all away….
This is another of my favorite BDSM series, but there’ve been a couple misses with it along the way for me personally. This story however, is a definite hit. Jarod is a 50 year-old sub who’s lost his almost life-long Dom in a horrible plane crash. He’s been living alone in the grand home he shared with him for several years as he grieves. He tries to go out to clubs, but is mocked because of his age. He’s not a twinky sub and everyone in the scene treats him like a joke.
Poor Jarod! I loved his character, he was so sweet and giving. Fortunately, it’s just the places he’s been choosing to seek out a Master, not the scene itself that’s the problem. One fateful night, right as he’s about to give up, thirty-year old Eli finds him. Eli’s sick of the pretend subs, there because all they want is the attention or to have a good time, but who aren’t really into the lifestyle.
Things start off between them rather abruptly, but it made sense given the circumstances of both men. They’ve both been waiting for someone to give then what they truly need, someone who’s genuine and not just playing at BDSM, so they jump in with both feet, hands, head and all. It takes Collars & Cuffs bartender Ben – Eli’s running buddy – to tell him to pull in the reins and do things properly.
For fans of the series, don’t despair. While it takes a while to introduce these MC’s to Collars & Cuffs, it does happen and all of our favorite characters make an appearance to one degree or another. The sub sleepover was a bit over the top, but I really liked that everyone was there for Peter, helping him to be more daring. I have a soft spot for Peter, so this was a nice extra bit for me to enjoy. There were a few tension-filled moments between Eli and Jarod, and a scare that I won’t give away, so it was interesting to see how they managed to bring their relationship together into something so solid and beautiful.
Overall, the story was very good, it had a creative take on the usual BDSM trope and I loved every minute of it. This installment has now jumped into my top 3 faves of the series. Books 1 and 2 will always be my faves I think, but maybe I should wait until Book 8 before I make my final decision! *wink* Dom of Ages was a 5 star and definite re-read for me.
The synopsis of this story drew my interest immediately. I have always wondered what would happen to a Sub if their Master was suddenly gone after a long term relationship. When Jarod woke up each day for four years, with no one to serve, his heart broke more and his reason for living diminished with each hour. All he wanted was to be a full time sub to a Master so he could find his purpose for life again.
Eli watched his friends with Subs and wanted what they had, but he didn’t have the first clue how to be a good full time Master. When he saw Jarod across the room at a club something drew him to this man. He could see the pain in Jarod’s posture, the humiliation and emptiness all called Eli to take him home that first night. I was very impressed that the two men didn’t jump in bed that night because it allowed us to watch the development of the relationship.
Jarod had to forget how his former Master wanted things and learn to trust Eli. He had to learn how Eli wanted things done in his home and in their relationship, but the problem is, Eli didn’t have the first clue in what he was doing. It took an emergency for him to stop looking at Jarod as a servant and more of a Sub, whose needs and desires were Eli’s responsibility.
The style in which this story was written was fabulous, it was easy to read, the story came to life and the scenes flowed very smoothly from one to the other. The characters were well developed and she incorporated characters from the Collars and Cuffs club so if you were not familiar with this series, your interest would be stirred to want to know more about them.
The reason I gave this book 3 stars was due to a personal issue I had with the story. While I wanted to just let the story take me away and enjoy my time with Jarod and Eli, I found I was frustrated with Jarod during the whole book. I was constantly having to remind myself that this man was fifty years old. From the way he acted to the way his mother talked to him, I would have guessed he was in his early twenties. His childish behaviors and thoughts would nag at me but that wasn’t all. The way the Subs treated him in the first club versus the second club made me once again have to remind myself he was fifty years old. Those scenes reminded me of high school from bullying to slumber parties. I really struggled with how Jarod was portrayed but his story did touch my heart.
Please remember those are my personal feelings regarding Jarod because everything else in this book, from characters to the style the story was told is first class and I would recommend this book for readers who love M/M books.