Title: The Fear of Surrender
Master Thomas sees a submissive man aching for surrender if only Linus can be convinced not to fear The Hampton Road Club.
Linus never wants to return to Hampton Road after being attacked by a Master there. Even though he aches for the attention of Master Thomas—the one who he’d originally wanted—he isn’t sure he can ever trust another Master not to abuse him again.
Thomas is furious with himself for not protecting the beautiful young submissive whose company he’d enjoyed on a few occasions. He’s relieved that there have been some recent changes to help protect the men who offer themselves at the sadomasochism club. It’s about time to bring Hampton Road into the progressive age of the 1920’s. Now that the new rules are in place, perhaps he can woo Linus into giving him a chance.
As Thomas goes out of his way to be kind to him, Linus wonders if he’s misjudged the Master. He’s still not sure if there’s a future for them. What if he never wants to surrender to another man? When he allows Thomas to teach him the joys of Dominance and submission, Linus discovers that he not only wants to surrender, he wants to be claimed permanently. If only Thomas’ old life doesn’t come back to haunt them and destroy their chance of being together forever.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of figging and piercing.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
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: The Hampton Road Club
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hesitant Heart, The Rules of Love, Mastering Love
Published by Totally Bound Source: Publisher
Published: March 5, 2015
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance, Male Male Romance
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I have fallen in love with this author and this series. I adore them. This latest installment of The Hampton Road Club did not disappoint me. It was just as sweet and wonderful as the first two books.
As I mentioned in my review of book two – The Rules of Love – I was hoping for a story about Linus and Thomas. The Fear of Surrender is that story.
Before I go much further, let me warn you, you will want to read the first two books before this one. They are definitely linked and you will be lost. This book starts out about two thirds of the way through The Rules of Love, branching off into Thomas’ point of view of the activities that are happening. So, if you haven’t read The Rules of Love, you won’t know why Thomas is by his 1925 Buick Convertible waiting outside of the Club. I adore the historical aspects of this story. The author has done a good job of researching terminology, etc. to give this a real twenties flavor.
Other warnings aren’t as needed with this book as with the others. Except, it is m/m BDSM. Thomas isn’t as much of a sadist as Saul and Aaron are. He likes to give a good spanking, but only with his hand. He isn’t into giving a lot of pain. He is more into the dominance aspect of it all. However, he does like the dreaded ginger root. *grin*
I have really enjoyed how the author has looked at the different aspects of the BDSM world with this historical flavor. We have seen the hardships of finding same sex love of the kinky variety, and the problems of no rules and bullies in that world. In this book, some rules are being devised to protect submissives at the club.
While Thomas is involved in that, he is also trying to gain Linus’ trust again, and teach him that it is okay. Linus is such a sweet, if lost, soul. Until The Hampton Road Club, he had never experienced real abuse, unlike some of the others. But, neither has he experienced acceptance. He doesn’t really know who, or what he is or what he might like sexually. He was eager to learn, but . . .
The romance between Thomas and Linus was sweet. Thomas was so patient with Linus. I was just as thrilled as Thomas when Linus realized what it was all about. It was a rather beautiful moment. *sigh*
I would still like to see more stories in this world. I love it here. The people are interesting. I like them. The Hampton Road club is just as fun and entertaining as Shadowlands or the Masters at Arms Club, if a little rough around the edges. There are still a few here that could use a story, like Bruce and George. They smell like a ménage. Ned is mentioned more than once. Does Barry have his own sub? Then there is Evan. *sigh* Can I have more please?
Yes, I do like this world. If you are into the sometimes darker side of the BDSM scene, and like a little historical flavor with your stories, I think you will like this series too. I really think you should to give it try.