Someone To Keep Me (Collars & Cuffs: Book 3)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 246 pages
Rating: C List
Blurb: Collars and Cuffs: Book Three
Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.
Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.
Review: Days after I finished this book and I am still struggling to identify why I didn’t love it.
Where am I stuck with this book? Well, a few things actually. The first one that annoyed me was the British/American English word games. Once was funny, twice was okay; after that it was tiring.
I am also struggling with the idea that a homeschooled boy, runs away from the US to UK without money at all, hoping to meet an online friend who sent him the first class ticket. There are several issues here, the question is: Do things like this happen in real life? yes, maybe. Do they normally have a good outcome? Rarely. We are talking about prostitution here, an international operation; it doesn’t feel like the authors took the issue seriously enough.
The almighty coincidence that Ben is at the airport and is ready to pick up a stranger and take him home. Too much, too perfectly tidying up of the plot.
And of course Ben is a Dom and Scott is a complete submissive wanting to belong to someone. Just moments ago it was “JeffUK” but as the book develops it is Ben who he wants to belong to.
Things are not easy to navigate for these two. They start as friends and as Scott struggles to find guidance in Ben he goes to his friends Peter and Alex. And for a Dom, Ben is pretty clueless as well. Focussing on the friendship without seeing the signs that Scott was clearly sending.
Thank God we have Thomas, Peter, Alex and Leo to fix what these two can’t sort out. And yes, it works out in the end, a little help from the friends and Ben can finally see what’s been right there, living with him this whole time. A perfect sub for him, in Scott.
But of course Ben worries too much and fails to see what is really important in a D/s relationship. Trust. He asked for Scott’s trust, he asked Scott to sign a contract with him, but at the sight of the first complications he violates that trust, the contract and sends Scott away, lost, alone and brokenhearted.
I liked some of the conflicts, not all of them. I enjoyed seeing the other characters from the Collars and Cuffs series, especially Peter and Alex. If I could wish for one thing it woulld be for KC Wells to write the “Puppy pile” story Scott writes in the book. Their friendship is among the best interactions in Someone to Keep Me.
I also liked Ben’s attitude towards Scott when encouraging him. Scott has a really low self esteem, he doubts himself, he feels he is stupid and not worthy. In that area Ben was friend enough to help him see his value.
It was good, it’s not going to put me off reading more from the authors, it just wasn’t amazing.
Reviewed by Connie
Posted on May 31, 2014, in Connie and tagged Acceptance, Barman, BDSM, British, C List, Choices, coming-of-age, Connie, Contemporary, D/S, DSP, Finding Yourself, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Homeschool, Kink, Love, Making a New Life, Naive, Older Man, romance, Secrets, Series, Sex Club, UK. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.