Title: Stroke Rate
Author Name & Publisher: L.M. Somerton (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 23, 2016 – 183 pgs
Lucien Thorne likes to be in control, but the boy he wants to own may take some convincing.
Gorgeous but shy, Benedict Astor does his best to keep a low profile at the rowing club where he works. However, unbeknown to Benedict, he has attracted the attention of Lucien Thorne, rowing aristocracy, an Olympic medallist and a Lord.
Whilst looking for a new rowing partner, Lucien believes he has found what he needs in Ben. He pushes him to his limits on the water and it becomes clear that rowing with the pretty young man is not his only interest. Ben is attracted to Lucien but confused about his feelings. Lucien is demanding, arrogant and dominant—which Benedict responds to even though he feels he should resist.
Fighting emotions he doesn’t understand, Ben has to contend with the bullying rowing club president and a humiliating auction of promises.
Lucien recognises Ben’s hidden submissive streak and makes his own need for control very clear. He bids for Ben’s time and then forces Ben to admit to his own desire to test the ground between them.
When the deeds to the boat club are gambled away, Lucien and Ben must work together to save it. Will their growing love survive the pressure, Ben’s uncertainty and Lucien’s desire to own him completely?
Started off very slow and wordy. I did love the chemistry between Lucian and Ben. The sex was hot but at times it was very wordy and found myself skimming at times. I wanted to know more about Lucian and his family and I wanted to see more of what happened after the race between Ben and Lucian. The whole thing with Seb seemed kind of pointless and just filler when there was already enough filler in the book. If the story would have just focused on Lucian and Ben and their growing relation and their hot sex I think the book would have been better.
I had a hard time with this story. I usually really enjoy Somerton’s stories, but this one… I didn’t like how abrupt things happened in the story.
At first, you have the shy Ben – he’s picked on, bullied by Seb and trying to better himself by attending school. He works hard, sleeps little and wants nothing more than to be allowed to row when he wants. He’s a sweet character that eventually becomes kind of corrupt – not in a criminal way, but he loses his sweetness.
Lucien is hard, commanding and actually kind of scary, in my opinion. I didn’t really like him at all during the story – as the dominant character. I liked that he wanted to protect Ben, but the way he went about doing so was brash and not at all with the finesse that I’ve come to expect from Somerton.
Overall, this was just a ho-hum story for me.