Master Gavin and his boy, Kyle, are celebrating their newly established bond when Master Josh calls requesting their help. Josh’s sub, David, needs the men to help his best friend from childhood while they’re away at a BDSM convention in San Francisco.
Corey ran away from his Master after a horrible scene, but he blames himself for everything that happened. No Master would ever want him if they were to find out what he did. Corey’s not sure if he’ll ever feel safe enough to give himself to a Master again anyway, even if all he’s ever wanted was to belong to somebody.
Master Derek agrees to watch over Corey until Josh and David return from the convention. All he needs is another pretty twink messing with his head and his heart, so the older, growly bear of a man determines to keep his distance. But when Corey wakes up screaming after a devastating nightmare, Derek is more drawn than ever to the young sub—the need to keep Corey safe from whatever or whoever has hurt him becoming his main priority.
Kyle and Corey develop a friendship when Corey assists Kyle in the dungeon furniture workshop. Kyle has his own fears—the ones that make him feel he’s broken because of the things he desires to do with Gavin. Through helping Kyle and receiving his own help via Derek, Corey decides he’s ready to let go of the demons from his past and move forward into a new life.
Now if Corey can only get Derek to believe that he’s ready—and to finally do something about it.
Reader Advisory: This book contains a flashback scene of rape by multiple aggressors.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
Another winning series by Morticia Knight, Kiss of Leather book 2, Safe Limits was a beautiful journey of discovery and triumph of spirit. Corey arrived in town a broken man, abused by a Dom whose sole purpose was to intimidate and maltreat. Left in the careful and watchful hands of Dom Derek, both Corey and Derek begin a journey that will deliver mutual satisfaction and care.
Ms. Knight’s characterization of Corey was chockfull of secret desires to belong to a man who cherished him and made him feel safe. I found Corey to be a strong, soulful young man who fought an uphill battle to gain freedom and happiness.
Derek was every man’s bear dream. Larger than life, with a big personality and a quirky sense of humor, Ms. Knight portrayed him aptly as the perfect fit for Corey.
Although Safe Limits revolved around Derek and Corey, the author did not fail to integrate Gavin and Kyle from Building Bonds and the other secondary characters. The story was well-developed and kept a pace that was both interesting and entertaining.
Dark aspects of an abusive BDSM relationship fringed the story, but did not overpower. This aspect was woven throughout, but there was never any doubt an HEA would be achieved.
The series Kiss of Leather may be about a BDSM club owned by three close friends, but the series is so much more. The lives of the men are at the forefront and the club is simply a catalyst for the reader to delve into their lives.
A five handcuff review
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