Title: Stroke Rate
Lucien Thorne likes to be in control, but the boy he wants to own may take some convincing.
Gorgeous but shy, Benedict Astor does his best to keep a low profile at the rowing club where he works. However, unbeknown to Benedict, he has attracted the attention of Lucien Thorne, rowing aristocracy, an Olympic medallist and a Lord.
Whilst looking for a new rowing partner, Lucien believes he has found what he needs in Ben. He pushes him to his limits on the water and it becomes clear that rowing with the pretty young man is not his only interest. Ben is attracted to Lucien but confused about his feelings. Lucien is demanding, arrogant and dominant—which Benedict responds to even though he feels he should resist.
Fighting emotions he doesn't understand, Ben has to contend with the bullying rowing club president and a humiliating auction of promises.
Lucien recognises Ben's hidden submissive streak and makes his own need for control very clear. He bids for Ben's time and then forces Ben to admit to his own desire to test the ground between them.
When the deeds to the boat club are gambled away, Lucien and Ben must work together to save it. Will their growing love survive the pressure, Ben's uncertainty and Lucien's desire to own him completely?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scorching scenes of dominance and submission between two professional rowers with smoking hot bodies! This includes bondage, chastity devices and orgasm denial, a bratty sub and a foul-mouthed, harsh Dom. There's also a very brief scene of attempted sexual coercion by a character not involved in the relationship.
Publisher's Note: This book has been previously published by Pride Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for release in 2016.
Author: L.M. Somerton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Living on the Edge , What's His Passion?, Hard Riders Anthology, Testing Lysander
Published by Pride Source: Publisher
Published: February 23, 2016
Genres: BDSM, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance
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50 Shades for Men. I love the M/M genre as well as the BDSM scene but finding books that mesh the two worlds together can be hard to find (pun intended). Stroke Rate has the makings of a good M/M BDSM book. It started off a little slow because the author introduced what connected the men but it seemed rather dull, granted I was never into rowing as a sport. I thought it was interesting had well the author researched the subject as well as BDSM for men.
Benedict is our submissive but does not realize he craves domination. So when Lucien comes into the picture demanding all of Ben, he is shy and confused as to why he needs it. Lucien is a sadist and he awakens Ben’s masochist side in a way that proves only a dedicated Dom will find in his submissive. I did not realize there was so many different toys for submissive men and it was fun to learn about them. The way the author incorporates the toys or experiences Ben goes through is seamless and makes the audience feel like they are a part of it. Never knew how demanding British men can be.
Here is where the 50 Shades comes into play. At certain points it seems that Lucien does not like to be touched and demands of Ben (who is a virgin and new to the scene besides doing initial research) so much. Lucien’s past is off-limits and it is hinted at that he had a relationship with an older family friend; who is Ben’s tutor. Lucien is possessive of Ben to the point of anyone who looks at him will get the “glare” and a severe talking to. The first night they are together there is an intense scene for a newbie to go through and to feel fine afterwards is kind of unheard of. From most BDSM books I have read, the submissive does not realize or understand the emotional overflow that comes with fully submitting the first time. Yes, Ben is confused but he embraces it with only a little resistance.
In the end, it left me wanting more and flipping through the last pages quickly. I hope we get another book because I would like to know more about Lucien, Maddy, and what happens to Seb.
I was gifted a copy from the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings of this review are my own and I was in no way compensated.