Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.
Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.
Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.
They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?
Reader advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
A beautiful mixture of sensuality and decadence, Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight enthralled this reviewer. A spinoff from the Gin and Jazz series, The Hampton Road Club series is sure to be a winner.
Sam and Aaron were the perfect mix of fulfillment, as they complimented each other in and out of the bedroom. Sam’s naiveté gave substance to the story, as Ms. Knight’s exposé was sensual and masculine.
At eighteen, Sam began to make his way in the world, working at a bathhouse where he’d noticed the dominant Aaron. Secretly drawn to Aaron and the magnitude of power he wielded, Sam quickly became enamored.
Aaron, too, had noticed the boy, and recognized his desire to please and submit; the perfect qualities Aaron longed for in a partner.
Ms. Knight delivered a well written historical timepiece portraying the height of the 1920’s, where men of dominance and submissiveness hid their nature unless among friends. A time where homosexuality and BDSM were taboo and not spoken of in polite society.
Sam’s inner strength and sweet disposition captivated not only Aaron and all he encountered, but this reader as well. Sam was a beautiful soul, untainted, and well-guarded by his lover.
Ms. Knight wrote of the learning curve for those following the new world of BDSM with historical accuracy and fluidity. Her writing style weaves a web of intrigue and passion that captures the subtle nuances of the written era and the men in her stories.
Hesitant Heart is a must read. Enigmatic characters, sexy boudoir scenes, and the hidden desires of a domestically dominant relationship.
A five handcuff review