Author Names: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Book Name: Endings and Beginnings
Series: Collars & Cuffs
Pages or Words: 121,429
Categories: Contemporary, BDSM, Fiction, M/M Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Release Date: July 18, 2016
This is the final book in the series, which should be read from Beginning to End. ;) (See what we did there?)
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
Scott put down a cup of tea for Alex, then went back for the muffins he'd toasted. He set them on the table, before he pulled out his chair and took a seat.
"I can't wait to go shopping," Scott enthused. "What time does Peter get here?"
Alex grinned. "You have to be the least patient person I know. Thomas will be dropping Peter off on his way to the club, so he should be here within the hour."
The door to the bedroom opened, and Ben strode out. He glanced in Scott's direction and smiled. "Good morning, Alex."
"Good morning, Ben. Off to run?"
Ben frowned. "Yes. Though apparently I'm going alone because someone didn't want to get all sweaty before he went shopping with you."
Scott's eyes dropped to the tabletop. "I'm sorry, Sir. If you prefer, I'll go running with you. I can go shopping another time."
Ben crossed the distance between them in three strides, wrapped Scott in a hug, and said, "I'm teasing, Scott. I'm sorry if you thought I was serious. You go with your friends and have a great time."
"Yes, Sir," Scott whispered, not lifting his gaze.
Ben knelt next to Scott's chair, and tucked a knuckle under his chin. "Scott, look at me."
When he did, Alex could see the shine of tears in Scott's eyes.
"Oh, baby. I am so sorry. I shouldn't have teased."
He wrapped his arms around Scott again, and gave him a squeeze.
"How about we make a date to go running tomorrow? I'd love to take you down to Heaton Park, so we can check out the area."
Scott brightened slightly. "That sounds good."
Ben kissed him gently, then ruffled his hair. "You be good today, scamp of mine."
With that, Ben turned and walked out the door. Alex sat staring at Scott.
"What?" Scott asked, somewhat defensively.
Scott glared at him. "Don't give me that. Spit it out. What's on your mind."
Alex sighed. "Fine. I wonder about something. It's kind of personal, and I don't know if you'd appreciate the question."
"Go for it."
Alex tapped a finger on the table. "I thought that you and Ben had a relationship more like me and Leo. Yet I rarely hear you call him anything but Sir. How come?"
Scott stared directly into Alex's eyes. "When we got together, he told me several times that I didn't need to call him Sir if we weren't doing a scene. But he doesn't know how much the word means to me. My parents used to beat me down. Not physically, but emotionally and mentally. Nothing I ever did was good enough for them. I could get straight As on my tests, but they demanded more. My father, especially when he was drunk, demanded to be addressed as sir. I came to loath that word as much as I hated him.
"When Ben and I got together, and I heard you and Peter refer to Thomas and Leo as Sir, it felt...I don't know, right. Ben deserved the respect from me. He holds me together, especially during those times like this morning, when everything hits me hard. I thought I had disappointed him, just like I always did my parents. But he wasn't upset with me at all. That's why I call him Sir. He doesn't need it or require it, but he deserves it from me."
Alex thought about what Scott said for a few moments. "I thought my parents were awful," he finally said. "But my dad was at least there for me, even if it took him a while to stand up to my mother. And seeing how you look to Ben for guidance, even when you're not in a scene, makes me think you'd prefer a 24/7 D/s relationship with him."
"I don't tell him as much, but to me, I am. I need him more than when we're in a scene. With a few words, he takes me out of my head. He puts me back together when I'm falling apart. No one in my life has ever done that. Does it make sense to you?"
Alex put his hand over Scott's. "Perfect sense. Maybe after you're married, you should talk to him about changing your contract. Let him know you want to be his sub full time. Help him to understand why it's important to you."
With a grin, Scott nodded. "I love that idea!"
The doorbell rang. "That'll be Peter. Are you ready to go shopping? Or would you rather go find Ben?"
Alex could see Scott thinking about it. "Well, he did tell me to go shopping and to have a nice time. It would be disrespectful if I didn't do what he says, right?"
Alex laughed. He grabbed his jacket while Scott did the same.
"We love you. You know that, right?"
"I do. It took eighteen years, but I finally found the family who would keep me."
And with that, they went out the door to meet their friend.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
There's no doubt about it, one of my favorite... nah, nix that—my favorite BDSM fiction is Collars & Cuffs. Some books were better than most but altogether, they are a seamless series about the men who met and fell in love amidst trials and tribulations. They're involvement in the BDSM lifestyle is not an after-thought as some books tend to approach it. This is written with a whole lot of intimacy and knowledge, it should be considered a reference manual.
Through this series, many who never knew a single thing about the lifestyle learn the ins and outs. In fact, some may even consider some things discussed here as astounding pieces of information. Those who live it, however, claim it just touches the tip of what it really is. One thing for certain, the stories are not given the kid-glove treatment.There are eight stories in total, and as could be seen on the author note, not one should be missed as all of them merge into a final, explosive conclusion in Endings and Beginnings.
I did not cry. I did not sniffle even. After reading this, there was a feeling of closure, just the way a final book should read. Whatever questions rose in the previous installments were finally answered and, although a lot of happenings here kind of surprised me in the twists and turns.
Overall, this was a very fast read as I truly looked forward to reading this and had high expectations. I was not disappointed. Truth is, I smiled as one character I truly didn't have a liking or love for, redeemed himself here to my delight and only now just got to appreciate him. This is how a series should be written. One story flowing into the next and the final resolution encompasses all. (Authors, take note please.)
Meet K.C. Wells:
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
Where to find K.C. Wells:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/KCWells/223608907761521
Meet Parker Williams (or at least his voices):
Good day! We are the voices that live inside Will’s head. The ones who whisper to him constantly, beckoning him to speak of our adventures, to tell of our love, and perhaps, if we’re in a mood, kill a person or two.
We guide his hand as he tells our tales where love is the most powerful force, but must be worked for, molded, and finally, embraced. There can be no shortcuts or substitutions on the path to a happily ever after.
We hope you will join with us as Will fulfills his obligation to ensure our stories are told and, we hope, enjoyed.
Where to find Parker Williams:
Connect with Parker on: Twitter: @ParkerWAuthor
Or you can visit his website: www.ParkerWilliamsAuthor.com
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