Rescued from an abusive man, Peter needs some time to trust again, but when he does, it’s beautiful. The 30-year age gap isn’t my personal favorite, since it’s just soooo big, but it worked well in this story. Peter is a beautful young man and it’s awesome to see him grow and find joy agian.
Thomas on the other side is a strong character who’s still insecure like everyone else. He’s understandable, easy to like and just pleasant to read about. I’m just glad this series has a few more books to come, so I can read more about this adorable couple.
The pace is much slower than in An Unlocked Heart, but it fits the characters perfectly.
My rating: 5 Stars
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.
Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?