NEW RELEASE: TWO 5 stars and 3.5 stars for Risk Aware by Amelia C. Gormley @ACGormley #MM #BDSM

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Title: Risk Aware
Author Name & Publisher: Amelia C. Gormley (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 9, 2016 — 323 Pages

Synopsis

Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?

Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he’s not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn’t helped by the fact that Geoff’s unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.

Geoff’s hemophilia isn’t the obstacle he thinks it is. Instead, a lack of trust—on both their parts—is what could end them before they have a chance to begin.

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Review

ThreeandHalfStars

Triggers: Severe medical condition, false accusations, risky BDSM play

Geoff and Robin make a great pair.  I thought that they had great qualities as a couple.  However, I had a very hard time liking Geoff as himself.  Then you have Robin, who is supposed to be more in control, but in reality, he seems just as on edge as Geoff.

When Geoff and his friend go to a gay weekend getaway, he meets Robin.  Right away there is a kindred spirit between those two.  However, Robin can sense something is off a little and Geoff is selfish enough to risk his own health just to fulfill a fantasy that he’s had.

Because of Geoff’s Hemophilia, he knows that despite his desire to be masochistic, he must be very careful.  One wrong move could kill him.  But, Geoff doesn’t really communicate well throughout the story and it is apparent how immature and selfish he is when the thought doesn’t cross his mind that whomever he’s playing with could take a very real risk themselves.

Robin is a different type of sadist.  Once he knows about Geoff’s condition, he tries to educate himself in order to help Geoff fulfill his masochistic tendency, all while fulfilling his own desire to dominate and inflict pain.

I loved the idea behind Geoff’s artistic talent and loved that he wanted to find someone with just the right touch for him.  It felt like something was missing when the idea never really developed.

The sexy talk and “fake” or illusion play that Robin gives Geoff is very sensual and sexy.  If you can look past the selfishness of Geoff, the timidness (rightly so) of Robin, then you can see a true relationship begin to develop.  However, I felt that the story was left with a lot of unanswered questions and unfinished parts.

~AvidReader

FiveStars

The blurb grabbed my attention right away and I couldn’t wait to read it! I fell in love with Geoff right away but hated how much he thought his condition was a hindrance for everything. Robin just melted my heart, he felt something for Geoff right away and wasn’t afraid of his condition. When Robin started researching stuff and was willing to try new things and give Geoff everything he could to make him happy I just fell more in love with him. The chemistry between these two was awesome. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with both of them and didn’t want the story to end. Beautiful love story and shows just what someone will do when they really care for you.

~Angie

FiveStars

This is by far one of the best BDSM books I have ever read. Not because it is nothing but heavy into the scene the entire time but because the scenes are so outside the norm that they are touching and really this is probably the first BDSM book that I could actually say I wanted to be the character in the scene.

Geoff is a hemophiliac and a masochist. Which obviously is not your usual combination since a lot of BDSM activities could kill him. But this is a release he really needs and how he needs these things is really well explained. Enter Robin who has been in the BDSM lifestyle and it nearly costs him everything he cares about. So taking a step back from it he inadvertently meets Geoff. Geoff is taking risks that step outside the sane considering his condition and Robin really does need to save him from himself in a lot of ways. The connection these two make is HOT but at the same time really charming. They have some serious stumbling blocks along the way but the play they have during their scenes is erotic and sensual. It’s this aspect of their story that I wasn’t expecting but with the limitations of Geoff’s condition, Robin has to work outside the norm you see in a lot of BDSM stories.

This book gave me a completely different look at BDSM that for whatever reason I hadn’t seen fully explored and it kept me engaged the entire time and as I said really appealed to me in a way that other BDSM books haven’t. So if you want a touching and endearing BDSM book with a few tears and some seriously hot moments. You will want to pick up this book!

~Jessica

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AuthorBio

Amelia C. Gormley published her first short story in the school newspaper in the 4th grade, and since then has suffered the persistent delusion that enabling other people to hear the voices in her head might be a worthwhile endeavor. She’s even convinced her hapless spouse that it could be a lucrative one as well, especially when coupled with her real-life interest in angst, kink, social justice issues, and pretty men.

When her husband and son aren’t interacting with the back of her head as she stares at the computer, they rely on her to feed them, maintain their domicile, and keep some semblance of order in their lives (all very, very bad ideas—they really should know better by now.) She can also be found playing video games and ranting on Tumblr, seeing as how she’s one of those horrid social justice warriors out to destroy free speech, gaming, geek culture, and everything else that’s fun everywhere.

You can find her self-published Impulse trilogy almost anywhere ebooks are sold, and check out her catalog of Riptide Publishing releases at their website.

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