Linus never wants to return to Hampton Road after being attacked by a Master there. Even though he aches for the attention of Master Thomas—the one who he’d originally wanted—he isn’t sure he can ever trust another Master not to abuse him again.
Thomas is furious with himself for not protecting the beautiful young submissive whose company he’d enjoyed on a few occasions. He’s relieved that there have been some recent changes to help protect the men who offer themselves at the sadomasochism club. It’s about time to bring Hampton Road into the progressive age of the 1920’s. Now that the new rules are in place, perhaps he can woo Linus into giving him a chance.
As Thomas goes out of his way to be kind to him, Linus wonders if he’s misjudged the Master. He’s still not sure if there’s a future for them. What if he never wants to surrender to another man? When he allows Thomas to teach him the joys of Dominance and submission, Linus discovers that he not only wants to surrender, he wants to be claimed permanently. If only Thomas’ old life doesn’t come back to haunt them and destroy their chance of being together forever.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of figging and piercing.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
The Fear of Surrender, The Hampton Road Club 3 by Morticia Knight was an enthralling masterpiece. As an avid reader of Ms. Knight’s series’, I’ve known the day would come when the Roaring Twenties would devise and deliver the first set of rules governing BDSM play. The Fear of Surrender did just that, and more.
Linus and Thomas had previously played at Hampton Road, but an unfortunate attack left Linus scarred and scared of his submission and of a partner’s dominance. Always having his sights set on Master Thomas, Linus was willing to give the Dom a chance to explore their relationship and love.
I can’t say enough about the characters in Ms. Knight’s series. Linus tugged at my heart strings and his gentle nature endeared me as his demeanor radiated through his actions and few words.
Thomas, stoic, dominant and tender-hearted created a peaceful safe haven where Linus could be free and cared for.
Ms. Knight’s descriptors transformed me to the 1920’s as the board of the Hampton Road deliberated in forming rules for sadomasochistic play and the adherence to keep submissive men safe.
As an author of M/M historical fiction, Morticia Knight is leaps and bounds above the rest. Her deliverance transports the reader to the behind the scenes of a speakeasy, a BDSM club or the stolen moments between homosexual men attempting to forge a place in history.
Book #4 cannot come soon enough.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review