Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?
Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he’s not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn’t helped by the fact that Geoff’s unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.
I’ve read this author once or twice and enjoyed her each time. This time, I did over all enjoy the story but had some tough spots to get through.
I really loved Robin and his ability to really listen to Geoff, his issues and dealing with him as a person with a disability. The way Robin listens even though the other person is not much of a talker.
Geoff on the other hand, not my favorite person. Instead of embarrassing the issues he makes it worse , by not taking his health seriously, not talking about his desires. All he knows is he wants pain. The people around him have cuddle him his whole life and now he has decided to throw caution to the wind but at what cost to which friend?
Okay, so I know nothing about hemophiliac, but what I learned from the book, it sounds like he’s the last person that should be doing these things. And that’s what I really enjoyed about Robin, asking the questions, doing research. And being able to show Geoff that ‘pain’ can come in lots of different forms.
What I really loved about this is it showed me a side of BDSM that most of that sub genre doesn’t cover. We always get hard/soft limits and maybe a health thing but never to this degree, that was fascinating. What I did find kinda boring (maybe that’s the wrong word) was the sexual encounters. Very drawn out, I lost interest. Sensual to start, you could tell that Robin thought about Geoff and he’s wants and desires without hurting him, but as a reader, just too long.
Happy that we all worked everything out in the end.