Four Stars for Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight – #MM Romance #BDSM @morticiaknight @Totally_Bound

Hesitant Heart

Title: Hesitant Heart (The Hampton Road Club)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 174 pgs

Synopsis

Sam is a naïve young man who arrives in Hollywood to escape his brutal father. When the older, sophisticated Aaron rescues him, Sam discovers what it means to fully surrender himself to another.

Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.

Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.

Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.

They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?

Reader advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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Review

FourStars

Sam is a lovable, naive boy who learns that not all people that come in to his life will be cruel and unloving. He runs away from his abusive father, leaving behind his mom and sister. Sam feels incredible guilt leaving them behind, especially since he knows his father likes to use his fists to make his point. When Sam finds himself working in a bath house – despite being a little more independent, he finds himself in a dangerous situation because he is being bullied and abused there as well, by other staff and the management. Sam only finds solace in glimpsing this handsome mystery client that frequents that bath house. When the situation for Sam becomes even more dangerous, his mystery man comes to his aid.

Aaron is floating through life. I really enjoyed this character – his self worth, however, was severely damaged over the years. Aaron believes that he is flawed because of his sexual proclivities. He has been told over and over that he is gross, a deviant, not worth it, dangerous – over time this has become his reality. It takes seeing the scared Sam at the bath house to awaken the true dominant side of Aaron – one that he only lets come out to play every once in a while.

These two characters compliment each other well. The dominant Aaron is not so overpowering in the story and Sam’s innocence does not detract from his character either. I really enjoyed that Aaron and Sam got to know each other – learned their likes and dislikes. Too often when books are written, it automatically jumps in to the sexual aspect – the power exchange and caring get left by the way-side. Not so in Morticia’s book. Knight takes the time to develop their relationship.

Sam and Aaron are living in a peacefulness that can’t last. Before long, Sam’s father, who has been looking for him since he ran away comes to threaten the relationship. It’s up to Sam to trust Aaron to take care of him always. I found this book to be very enjoyable. It did take me a while to figure out that this book was set in a historical time – or at least I thought it did. There was talk of fedoras, older prohibition comments, etc. I think had I known that at the beginning, some of the more historical comments about how the men had to hide their sexuality would have made more sense.

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AuthorBio

Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy M/M or M/M/F tale, whether it is contemporary, paranormal, historical, Sci-fi or BDSM – she loves it all! One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor. When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on a seven-book series called Gin & Jazz set in 1920’s Hollywood, and Uniform Encounters 4.

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