Title: Ben (Survivor Stories #2)
Author Name & Publisher: J.P. Barnaby (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 16, 2016 – 200 pgs
A Survivor Story
From her perch on a shelf above my bed, the doll accuses me with lifeless eyes of failing Juliette in the most heinous way imaginable, forcing me to crave the bite of his whip and the steel in his voice to drown out the ache in my chest.
For his entire life, Benjamin Martin’s parents drilled into his head that he must watch out for his little sister, but one horrific night, he failed. Now, the bite of a whip, cuffs digging into his wrists, his arms and legs stretched beyond endurance, these things give him what he needs to forget his sister’s violent death, at least for a while.
When Ben’s latest Dom casts him aside like a broken toy, he manipulates his best friend, Jude Archer, into picking up the pieces. Jude has been in love with Ben for years, but his fantasies about his friend never included whipping him. He doesn’t understand why Ben needs BDSM and he worries about Ben’s addiction. Most of all, he fears losing his humanity because he’s already lost himself in Ben. When he’s forced to trade the marks upon his soul for the pain that ravages Ben, Jude learns the real definition of submission.
1st Edition published as Painting Fire on the Air by Dreamspinner Press, September 2013.
Ben is a man who lives on self hatred and personal destruction. Ben lost his sister 4 years ago to brutality and cruelty of others and he has never forgiven himself for not being there to protect her from her violent death. So he punishes himself and has only found one way to ease his self hatred and self destruction…. He is a submissive in the BDSM lifestyle who craves the pain as much as he pleasure and he has a Dom who provides that…Kage.
Jude is Ben’s best friend and and roommate but he has no idea how many secrets and how much pain that Ben carries around each day. Nor does he know that Ben is a submissive or that he loves the pain that is recieved from being a submissive.
All of Bens secrets come to light with Jude and Ben is scared he is going to lose Jude. On the night of a particularly intense sence Ben is on his way home and an accident occurs.
From that point forward things will never be the same between Ben and Jude.
This book is the perfect example of how destructive one can be from his on personal hell and how someone’s love will do whatever is necessary to save he one they love. Jude in my opinion is an amazing individual because of the lengths he will go to bring peace to Ben and to help him escape his personal hell to realize that he is worthy of Jude’s love. That is what love is all about, putting the one you love ahead of yourself.
J.P. Barnaby did an exquisite job of portraying all of the feelings that both Ben and Jude are feeling. It made this book that much better of a read.