Trusting Thomas (Collars and Cuffs: Book 2)
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 282 pages
Blurb: Collars and Cuffs: Book Two
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.
Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?
I truly enjoyed learning more about Thomas, how he came to be the respectable Dom he is, his methods and all that was part of the D/s relationship outside the bedroom. He is a very patient man, a loner, one of those hermits that gets so used to being on his own that he doesn’t realize how lonely he is until someone enters his life and changes it irrevocably.
Peter was a great character too, he is strong, a bit confused at the beginning, not knowing why someone would take an interest in him and rescue him from the abusive Master. I loved seeing the discovery process, how despite everything that he went through he still found that his place was as a sub, for a better more considerate Dom this time.
The learning out of the bedroom was compassionate and patient, the exploring in the playroom was intense and it all escalated nicely into the more intimate relationship in the bedroom. I think here in particular, the age difference played an important role. I loved their first time together, Thomas cared and took care of Peter as only a mature lover could. The intensity of their moment together was beautiful.
Here is my only issue with this book, Peter’s only knowledge of the BDSM lifestyle was what he experienced with Curtis, things that we know are rape, abuse, beating, slavery and so on. So, for someone as damaged as Peter, whose only BDSM reference is that, I found it hard to believe that he jumped out of the chair with excitement when Thomas asked him if he still wanted to explore the lifestyle.
I know that by that moment in the book he had a few conversations with Alex, and started to discover a different aspect of being a sub, but still, I find it hard to believe that you can happily go shopping for glass dildos after four years of brutal abuse.
If we put that in a box, separate that issue, the writing is still good, is consistent.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, without a doubt. KC Wells is a very talented author, she is great with emotions, her description of Peter’s subspace gave me goosebumps, and she is good at building their relationship.
I want to see what, or who, is next in the Collars and Cuffs universe.
Reviewed by Connie
Posted on January 1, 2014, in Connie and tagged a haunting past, Abuse, BDSM, Beautiful, C List, Calm, Caring, Choices, Commitment, Compassion, Connie, Contemporary, D/S, DSP, Finding Yourself, Gentle, Grief, Healing, Healing the Broken, Intense, Intimate, Learning, Lifestyle, Love, Older Man, Patience, Peace, Relationship, Second Chances, Series, Strong, Subspace, Teacher, Trainer, Trauma. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.