Introverted college student Lane Moredock is in a bad place. His mother has been arrested for securities fraud, his father is on the run, and everyone, including the SEC, suspects Lane knows where the missing millions are. Lane, with no money and nowhere to live, makes a desperate deal that lands him in trouble and leaves him unwilling to trust a so-called Dom again.
Photographer Derek Fields lost money to the Moredocks, and is as sure as anyone that Lane is guilty despite his claims. A chance meeting with Lane shows him there might be something more to the young man than arrogance and privilege, and Derek wonders if Lane might be just what he’s been looking for: a sub with the potential to be a life partner.
As Lane slowly begins to open up to Derek and explore his needs as a submissive, the investigation closes tighter around him. Lane might be everything that Derek wants, but first Derek needs to trust that Lane is innocent—and Lane needs to trust Derek with the truth.
I realized the other day, I have a serious book hoarding problem. *cringe* Part of this I’m going to blame on reviewing. You see, reading when reviewing changes your reading life. I can’t always pick and choose what I want from my kindle because I’ve signed myself up for obligations when I request an ARC. Which is totally cool and an honor but…I feel guilty when I select another book to read when I have a stack of blog books to catch up on. Sooo, I tend to collect books. I happened to come across this one while cruising my kindle on vacation and decided to give myself a break and go for it. One word: about time. Okay, that’s two words. How about, Wow! I added this book to my “to-be-read” shelf nearly 5 years ago and I’m so glad I finally made my way back to it. Powerful story.
Here’s the deal, I’m not a huge BDSM fan. Which is most likely the reason this gem was getting dusty on my shelf. And when I DO read kink, I’m a bit meek with my selections. This puppy play was a first for me. In my mind I merged puppy play with humiliation and I really don’t care for that spectrum of D/s. But the play that occurs between our broken sub Lane and his older dom Derek was far from humiliation. Actually it was more of the opposite…empowerment. Putting on a collar allowed Lane to embrace the freedom to not speak. Pressures, worries, and anxieties slipped away. To understand this, you must first understand Lane.
Let’s start with him, shall we?
Landon is a twenty-year old affluent college student. Despite his wealth, his life is not rich. He was born and raised in an extremely “comfortable” life. Although his clothes were luxurious, his skin never fit. He desperately yearned to be accepted, to walk with grace and above all, make his parents proud. But he struggles to communicate. Simple conversations become terrifying. Interactions are complicated and nauseating. He is smart and capable but his anxiety short-circuits the link to his mouth and then he berates himself for failing. Failure is one of his greatest fears. When we first meet Landon, his life is falling apart. His parents have been accused of embezzlement, his mother was arrested and his father is on the run. They abandoned him. He is lost and alone. He has no money, no home, and no one to turn to. My heart broke for him. His fall is quick and painful. He turns to someone he thought he could trust, someone he always looked up to and secretly desired. When his parent’s well-off friend offers him a deal of sorts, he quickly accepts. He must submit to him completely for one week in exchange for a fat check to pay for his school tuition and basic living expenses. This ‘barter’ becomes a dreadful nightmare and grave mistake. Add seriously hurt to his endless list of troubles.
And this is when Derek enters.
Derek is in his late thirties and a photographer fumbling to make ends meet after losing his nest egg to the Moredock’s scam. He is frustrated and lonely. His path continues to cross with the rich boy from the papers and each time his opinion changes. Who is the quiet beautiful boy with an uncanny ability with animals? And why does he crave his trust unlike anything else in his life? He has been searching for the perfect partner and regardless of the fact that everything on the exterior says Lane is not him, he believes there’s more to Lane than what anyone has yet to discover. And he wants this privilege.
So Much. This story is almost 350 pages and yet it seemed to fly by. The pace is even and steady and clips along without dips or drags. There are some difficult scenes. I won’t sugarcoat or spoil but the abuse Lane suffers from Acton’s hand was horrific. Lane shoves it away and blocks out those days. Embarking on any sort of D/s relationship with Derek makes sharing those atrocious days a necessity. Derek can’t push or punish Lane without knowing him and his limits. I wanted to wrap my arms around Lane and never let go. Lane has a gentle soul but he is far from weak. There is a vast difference between submissive and spineless and Lane is the perfect example. There is also a large age gap. I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle Lane’s twenty years stacked up to Derek’s thirty-seven. But I had no reason to fear, our tremendously talented authors clearly demonstrated that love knows no age. I enjoy it when a book forces my eyes open just a smidgen wider and leaves me with new perspective. Many books stay with me, nestling into my heart but few take a piece of me with them. Lane and Derek released something I never knew I was holding.
Oh my, I’m rambling more than usual. I’ll try to contain my gushing. I liked how every part of this story was…more. If you take things at face value, you’re missing out. There are layers and a…depth to this story that blew me away. I loved the writing. I loved the way I was taken out of my comfort zone but then my hesitations and reservations drift away and I’m suddenly I’m comfortable once more. I loved the characters. I loved Lane instantly and grew to love Derek. I craved the comic relief Brin brings to the table. Brin is Derek’s ex but rather than a negative it was enlightening. And Ferg and Derek’s family easily won me over as well. Top it off with the furry/feathery additions of Andy and Mr. Zimmerman and we have a stellar cast. Of course we have the evil Acton and the parents who didn’t deserve children but the monsters aren’t actively present the entire story. Just the recovery from their damage. There’s so much I could say about Lane and Derek’s relationship but what I found most captivating was the way they restored each other. Derek gave Lane the ability to reclaim his life. AND fill the holes that we threatening to sink him. In return, Lane gave Derek the trust and faith he was missing. It was beautiful.
Triggers should include rape and torture, There is a hefty age gap. And BDSM scenes that range from hot to innocent with a new sub and a seasoned dom. As well as an intricately woven tale that will overwhelm and impress you.
I can’t say this book is for everyone but as it turned out, it was certainly for me! And I’m thrilled it’s been rereleased. I quickly ran over to the publisher to buy the sequel. You don’t want to miss this one!
TITLE: The Good Boy (Boy #1)
AUTHOR: Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
LENGTH: 347 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2013
BUY LINKS: Amazon