Living on the streets of 1920s Los Angeles and pleasuring men in dark alleys for his survival is not how Francesco had thought his life would turn out. But he’s filled with hope that someday—if he learns how to be a respectable fellow—he can make a home for himself and maybe even find a man he really cares for who also cares for him. In the meantime, he hustles to get by and looks for the good where he can find it.
Theo’s existence is safe and predictable. He indulges in his perverse nature at his friend Saul’s sadomasochism club on Hampton Road and negotiates contracts for the Hollywood players and studios. When an enticing little grifter crosses his path one day, the encounter unnerves him. Not because he gets conned, but because the refreshingly open and unaffected young man holds a mirror up to Theo’s own dreary existence. Theo might have plenty of material wealth, but his wealth of spirit can’t compare to the delightful Francesco’s.
Theo rescues Francesco from a dire situation and brings him home. If nothing else, he can at least find the desperate young man some decent employment. Instead, they both find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. But until Theo introduces Francesco to what being a submissive means, he doesn’t dare give his heart away. Francesco has yet to discover the secrets that are hidden behind the walls of the Hampton Road Club.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of the Hampton Road Club series. This instalment is a prequel to book one and can be read first.
Since meeting Francesco and Theo in the Hampton Road Club series, I have longed to hear their story. Finding Sanctuary by Morticia Knight did not disappoint in conveying their relationship and the couples’ status which they achieved.
Individually, Theo and Francesco were delightful characters. Both enigmatic, larger than life. Together, they soared and brought a new dimension to the series and to each other.
Theo and Francesco were in the other books, but we never received a full glimpse into how they came together and the life Francesco led prior to his involvement with Theo. Well done, Ms. Knight in tying the over-arching themes together.
As always, the 1920’s nuances were well- researched, the backdrop, the mannerisms, and the vocalization of the characters. I especially found the sadomasochism descriptors well defined, as the 1920’s was the start of the world of BDSM as we know it today.
Francesco’s positive attitude and ever-present cheer radiated through the pages, even in times of distress. And Theo’s discovery as a dominant and master cultivated the relationship and the need for the men’s special lifestyle.
No author has drawn me into the historical world of BDSM as Ms. Knight and even though this is the final book in the series, I implore her to regale us with more.
Although the book is number 6 in the series, Finding Sanctuary was actually a prequel. BUT DO NOT read Finding Sanctuary first- read books one-five, then this book. You will not be disappointed in reading the entire Hampton Road Club series.
A five handcuff review
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