Review: Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather #1) by Morticia Knight

August 21, 2015 Review 0

Review: Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather #1) by Morticia Knight

Kyle’s a natural sub who builds dungeon furniture, yet has no interest in BDSM. It takes a hunky Dom to show him just what he’s been missing.

After Kyle’s partner of five years leaves him for another man on the night of their housewarming party, the shy, early-thirties carpenter needs to do a major reassessment of his life in addition to raising some serious cash. With no one to help him pay the lease on his Los Angeles condo, he worries how he’ll survive. His best friend sets up a meeting with one of the Doms and partners at Kiss of Leather, a gay BDSM club being built as a premier destination for those who want the best of the best.

Master Gavin not only wants the best—he demands it. When he meets Kyle, he assumes that part of the builder’s reticence to share anything personal with him must be due to his experiences with an abusive former Master. Not one to back down from a challenge, Gavin determines to break through the walls surrounding the beautiful man he can’t get out of his mind. He’s hopeful that once he convinces Kyle to sign an initial contract, Kyle might be the first sub to open up his heart.

Misunderstandings and accusations almost destroy everything between them before they have a real chance to begin. However, the true obstacle becomes not only whether Kyle will embrace BDSM as a lifestyle, but also whether he can handle a full-time D/s relationship with a big, bad, scary Dom who’s as sexy as hell.

Title: Building Bonds
Author: Morticia Knight
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dangerous Wish, What's His Passion?, All Fired Up, Hard Riders Anthology
Series: Kiss of Leather #1
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: August 11, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Male Male Romance
Pages: 162
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-half-flames
Totally Bound

I do enjoy this author.  She writes good books.  I mostly like them with the occasional exception of the first in a series.  This book fell into that category.  I liked the basic story.  Thoroughly enjoyed the budding romance between Kyle and Master Gavin.  Some of their sex scenes were totally hot.  The conflicts between the two were mostly just leaning to communicate – the basic issue in most budding relationships.

However, there is much time spent on “teaching” the sub about the lifestyle.  Although this can be informative for those new to this author and/or the lifestyle, for me it bogged down the story.  Yes, the “new sub” needs to know all of this, but I felt too much time was spent on instruction and/or teaching.  I would have liked to see more story.

Of course there is also the world building that happens in a first book and I found that interesting and has me excited about the books to come.  Not only is there the other partners in the club, Kiss of Leather, but there is also a feisty “sub” – or maybe he will turn out to be a switch – who promises to be a fun character throughout the series.

I noticed a wonderful reference to the Hampton Road Club in this story.  It will be fascinating to see if that piece of history figures into this series more fully.   It is always fun to see, or hear, of things I have read in other books by favorite authors.  I do look forward to reading what comes next.

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