Thursday, October 30, 2014

eARC Review: Hesitant Heart (The Hampton Road Club) by Morticia Knight

M/M and M/M/F Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Sin City Uniforms Series and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club. A follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story in Rockin’ the Alternative will be available in 2015.

Hesitant Heart (The Hampton Road Club)
by Morticia Knight
Expected publication: November 7th 2014 by Totally Bound
(Available for Early Download)
Sam is a naïve young man who arrives in Hollywood to escape his brutal father. When the older, sophisticated Aaron rescues him, Sam discovers what it means to fully surrender himself to another.
Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.
Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.
Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.
They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?
Reader advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Set in a time where being closeted was key to survival, the story of the young and truly innocent Sam and his Master Aaron is a beautiful story of ultimate trust and unconditional love. The plot may confuse those who are not all that familiar or comfortable with the BDSM lifestyle, but this is a true romance that is both sweet and erotic at the same time.

Sam was working as a towel boy at a bathhouse in 1920s Hollywood after having run away from a home that was oppressive as it was abusive. Set apart from society, never allowed to any thing modern, Sam was a true naive. It is there that he set eyes on a beautiful, much older man. This man set his heart to hope and feel and Sam just wanted to be in that man's life. The problem is, the man did not really look at him, nor talk to him, not with Sam being very quiet and reserved.

When Sam's boss and co-worker pressure him to do something he had no idea what but just knew was wrong, this was then when Aaron takes notice. The protective instincts come to the fore and he just wanted to care for this young boy. His problem was that he saw himself as some sort of a freak. He had needs he could never voice in polite company and in the process, reclused himself from having real relationships for fear of being found out. His only relief was to pay for his company and to paint. This all changes when he finds Sam.

The story of Sam and Aaron as a couple began really slow. On Aaron's part, he was just plain scared Sam may run when he discovers his 'perverted' needs. On Sam's part, he was confused why the older man would reject him when he declared first off that he would be one to stay. As they got to know each other, they settled and learned each others' needs. Their journey to discovery was slow, gentle and full of love. 

This is a historical novel and thus is filled with information that many BDSM readers may not have known at first. The differences in the lifestyle then is very obvious from their being hidden from society or even be a subject of discussion. This read can take readers on a journey of love and compassion as well as a peek into the past. What we consider normal today, society concluded was taboo and even dangerous and schizophrenic. 

A definite must read for all those who love BDSM and true romantics at heart.

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