It’s 1926 and as one of the founding members of the Hampton Road Club, Master Saul Liebowitz has enjoyed the charms of many willing submissives over the years. One of the newer submissives to the club has captured his attention more than anyone has in a long time. Kenneth is tall, muscular and also seems to have a greater love of pain than most. If only Kenneth didn’t already belong to another Master.
After Kenneth’s Master died years before, he allowed himself to be taken in by the promises of Master Preston. As time has gone by, Preston has become increasingly crueler to the point where Kenneth fears for his life. They’ve recently joined a sadomasochism club and Kenneth can’t help but yearn for the handsome Master the other boys speak so highly of—Master Saul.
Preston takes things too far one night, and when Saul and his good friend, Master Aaron, do some investigating, they realize that Kenneth might be in real danger. Amidst turmoil at the club over whether there should be rules to keep the boys safe and Preston’s play for power, Saul searches for a way to save Kenneth from what he’s sure is a deadly situation.
Both men fight for what they believe to be the right thing. When they find their way to one another, a wonderful new world opens up to them. But there’s one man out there who refuses to let go of the old ways. Kenneth is his property and Master Preston won’t give him up.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and dubious consent.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
Rules of Love by Morticia Knight was the evolution of the BDSM club and the safe, sane, and consensuality of a D/s relationship. Badly treated by his present dom, Kenneth was a man lost in his submissiveness and the ability to find true love. Saul, one of the founding members of the Hampton Road Club has longed for a submissive of his own~ Kenneth.
Saul and other like-minded dominants from the club began to realize that rules for governing their chosen lifestyle needed to be implemented if they want to keep their secrets and desires hidden from the public eye. This attitude came to the forefront when Saul discovered Kenneth was being mistreated by his present master. A rescue mission became top priority.
Ms. Knight has birthed the topic of BDSM, literally and figuratively. Ever present in her series, the sadomasochistic lifestyle has always been a driving force in her novels. Rules of Love took the lifestyle, named it, and gave it a breath of fresh air. As I read each book in her series, I realize that each story while can be read as a standalone, is best read in order to achieve the true appreciation of Ms. Knight’s writing. Each book is a chronological order of birth through the angst and pains of growing where acceptance was not the norm.
The Roaring Twenties were an oxymoron of American history for men and women, but particularly for homosexual men who needed to hide and find solace behind closed doors. Clubs such as the Hampton Roads Club became a part of history where homosexual men were accepted for who they truly were, especially for those who enjoyed a kinkier side to sex and an unconventional relationship.
Beneath the surface, Rules of Love was a beautiful love story~ one that had me crying, reeling and cheering throughout.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review