Title: Leather & Tea
Some nights American secret agent Ben Smith just wants to come home to his husband. He misses that English accent and that smile and, of course, Simon on his knees wearing wrist cuffs and leather collar. He wants his perfect submissive at his feet, so the world and the mission can fall away.
Some nights romance writer Simon Ashley misses his dashing American other half. Tea is nice but it can’t pin him down in bed and make him beg or remind him to whom he belongs. And his family’s been calling. He wants to forget everything he’s left behind and just belong to Ben.
Tonight they both get to have what they want, because Ben’s home early. And tea is very nice but so is leather.
A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Author: K.L. Noone
Published: 1 August, 2014
Genres: Erotic Short, M/M Erotica
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Despite the underlying Dom/sub relationship in this short story, I really found it rather sweetly touching as these two men truly are concerned with the other’s happiness and approval. Ben arrives home early to find his partner and sub Simon asleep on the couch, clutching the first collar and wearing the leather wrist shackles. Knowing that this signals Simon’s alone time was interrupted by family or other concerns, Ben surprises Simon and urges him to share what is on his mind.
For his part, Simon was mired in the lonliness with Ben gone, and a call from the family who tossed him away as a teen shot his plan to work on his next book. Alternating between clingy and surprisingly determined to get what he wants, Simon was a delight.
Noone did a lovely job in bringing these characters to life, adding little tidbits of humor with Simon’s inherent clumsiness and the honest regard the characters have for one another. Their connection makes the steamy moments hotter, and this book gives a sweetly satisfying glimpse into their life.