Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.
Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.
Collars & Cuffs took a major turn with book 3. First off – the series has been in alternating 3rd person POVs so far. Suddenly this book is in alternating 1st person POVs. I will state categorically that 99% of 1st person POV I am not fond of in an adult context. And this one was even worse.
Why? First off, in 1st person, we are supposed to truly begin to understand the person even more. To get inside their head and feel with them. To be honest, I never truly understood Ben’s motivation. Scott’s? Yes, he wanted to find someone who wanted to keep him. He did something incredibly stupid, but I understood why. He was lucky in that the person he flew over to England to meet was in jail or he would have been in a REALLY bad space.
There’s a lot of English to American jokes that became old truly fast. So many of the ‘jokes’ they said Americans wouldn’t understand I got as I have used them for as long as I can remember – and I’m American.
But also, it seems odd to me that Leo and Thomas swooped in to the rescue. Don’t get me wrong. They’re good guys. But it just seemed awful ‘go to’ of them. And Leo’s personality changed a slight bit. In fact, everyone’s did. There was a lot of grinning. Everyone was grinning or smiling. They’d grin in one paragraph. The next paragraph the other character would grin. And in the following paragraph the original character would grin. Again. That is usually a beginning author mistake and Wells hasn’t done that before.
All in all. A bit of a disappointment for the series.