Title: Trusting Thomas (Collars & Cuffs #2)
Author Name: K.C. Wells
Publication Date & Length: October 7, 2013 – 282 pgs
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.
Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?
This book dealt with abuse and the after affects. This wasn’t a hop into bed and fall in love story. This was about recovery, growth, friendship and then love. There was a big age gap between the two characters but it didn’t bother me and I thought it worked for Thomas and Peter. I liked how they settled into a routine and things worked up between them. I love how Peter and Alex become friends, I loved Alex in the previous book and it was good to see him again. There is angst in the book, due to Peter’s ex Curtis and the abuse is handled well. This was just a beautiful love story that grew over time and was well worth the wait.
Thomas and Peter were two characters that were lost. One fighting for his life and the other just struggling to remain engaged in life. This book had a common theme in BDSM books of the abused sub and the alpha dominant. However, this one had an added twist, which I thought helped to set the book apart from others.
You could really sense the level of trust that developed in this relationship and I think that helped in creating this genuine connection with the characters.
You still got to see the characters from book one, which was nice – they were ever helpful and were also those friends who prodded you to do things that you may not want.
The sexual tension for these characters was different than what you would normally find, but no less hot. Overall, this was a feel good story that had a softer side to BDSM books.
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.