Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An Unlocked Heart

Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-851-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Two years ago, Leo’s submissive lover was killed in a car accident. Since then he’s done little except work, but when he meets his business partner for their weekly dinner, he’s captivated by the restaurants shy waiter. As a Dom and co-owner of Collars and Cuffs, Leo sees the attractive young man as a challenge—and Leo doesn’t back down from something he wants.

Alex Daniels is desperate to move out of his parents house before they learn he’s gay and he’s working long hours at Severinos restaurant to save money. When he spies Leo across the room he can’t stop staring, but he’s nervous too.  Is it possible for a guy like Leo to be interested in someone like him?

A relationship with Alex is what Leo wants, but he’s uneasy about him learning of the BDSM club. That means keeping him away. Just as Alex begins to discover things about himself that gives Leo hope for a future submissive relationship, the truth of Leo and the club comes out. Can these two get past the lies and half-truths and make a lasting commitment?

An Unlocked Heart is the first release in the new BDSM trilogy, Collars and Cuffs by K.C. Wells. For those a little leery of the BDSM genre, please know that it’s not real heavy into this lifestyle. Yes, Leo and Alex eventually move toward that relationship but at heart, the book is a love story.

This BDSM book is different than others I’ve read. That’s because Leo and Alex start off as lovers, which changes the dynamic of a usual Dom/sub relationship. I guess that’s what makes it seem so real. At the core it’s a love story of two people, both a little wounded, who find the person meant to heal their hearts. And yes, Leo’s firmly into the BDSM lifestyle but for Alex, it’s a tale of self-discovery—of learning what he really wants and finding what makes him happy. And I’m happy to say I believed it all. 

I know, the second chance at love plotline isn’t a new one for a romance novel but Ms. Wells handles our two guys in love very well. I found them believable and I was hooked by the story and all its characters from the very start. The plot flow’s smooth, imagery is vivid, and the personality development’s good. I also can’t forget the sex—it’s sizzling hot. So, I guess that’s it. I hope you give this one a try. Look for the next one. I will.

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