Relearning the Ropes by DC Juris
Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: Short Story (27 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, toys, bdsm, fetish (pain play), spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea
Marcus will have to set aside his old theories about BDSM and relearn the ropes to be the Dom Charlie needs.
When his good friend Julius dies unexpectedly, Marcus finds himself saddled with a new submissive–Charlie. But Charlie comes with a history, and more pain and need than Marcus has ever encountered. Marcus knows he loves Charlie, and Charlie loves him, but Marcus must set aside his old theories about BDSM and relearn the ropes if he wants to be the Dom—and the lover—they both need.
OH! It's so good!
I've mentioned a time or two before that I love the work of DC Juris. I do. As soon as I see a new title, I have to have it. This book was no exception and man was it a HOT read. As always, the writing flowed well. There are twists and turns that made me need to know what would happen next. I laughed, cried and had my share of the happy shivers. There are damaged characters, lots of sweaty sex, and characters I won't soon forget.
I do have to say that this book should come with a warning: will cause palpitations. But there's some play in this book that will certainly be hard for some readers to take. Pain play isn't really my cup of tea. I go down with a paper cut, but the play definitely works for these characters. Plus, once I really got to know the characters, I could understand more. So while the play might not be for the faint of heart, it works well in the story.
Charlie is a damaged man. The things he's been through, well, many readers won't be able to relate to, but we can understand his motivations. He's still got a sweet streak and when he's given the chance to just be himself, he really blossoms. Then there's Marcus. I loved that he's not a regular Dom, per se. I've read a lot of BDSM books where the Dom inflicts punishment for what rarely seems like the well being of the sub, but more for the thrill of the act. Marcus isn't like that. He cares about Charlie, even when he's not sure what the exact emotion is. It's a great and absolutely hot read.
Take the journey and read Relearning the Ropes. You'll be glad you did. I am.