Safe Limits by Morticia Knight
Series: Kiss of Leather book 2
(Series should be read in order)
Release Date: December 22, 2015
Pages or Words: 51,265 words, 164 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
The men from Kiss of Leather gather together to rescue a terrified young sub. But it’s Master Derek who wants to keep him for good.
Master Gavin and his boy, Kyle are celebrating their newly established bond when Master Josh calls requesting their help. Josh’s sub, David, needs the men to help his best friend from childhood while they’re away at a BDSM convention in San Francisco.
Corey ran away from his Master after a horrible scene, but he blames himself for everything that happened. No Master would ever want him if they were to find out what he did. Corey’s not sure if he’ll ever feel safe enough to give himself to a Master again anyway, even if all he’s ever wanted was to belong to somebody.
Master Derek agrees to watch over Corey until Josh and David return from the convention. All he needs is another pretty twink messing with his head and his heart, so the older, growly bear of a man determines to keep his distance. But when Corey wakes up screaming after a devastating nightmare, Derek is more drawn than ever to the young sub – the need to keep Corey safe from whatever or whoever has hurt him becoming his main priority.
Kyle and Corey develop a friendship when Corey assists Kyle in the dungeon furniture workshop. Kyle has his own fears – the ones that make him feel he’s broken because of the things he desires to do with Gavin. Through helping Kyle, and receiving his own help through Derek, Corey decides he’s ready to let go of the demons from his past and move forward into a new life.
Now if Corey can only get Derek to believe that he’s ready – and to finally do something about it.
Derek was not one to live with mystery – especially with someone under his roof. He respected Corey’s boundaries and his need to keep certain things to himself, but he didn’t think it was completely unreasonable to at least attempt to be friendly with each other. Corey finally answered him.
“I’m usually up pretty early. I can’t sleep much past seven, even when I was going to school and it was the weekend.” Corey’s eyes tracked everything in the kitchen that wasn’t anywhere near Derek. “Plus, I get really tired at night. I used to be the one who fell asleep on New Year’s Eve.”
“Used to be?”
Corey finally looked in his direction. “Tony was more of a night owl. He insisted I stay awake the last few New Year’s.”
“Tony your Dom?”
Corey actually appeared to shrink into himself even more. “Ex-Dom.”
“Hmm.” Derek shut off the burners then pressed the lever down on the toaster. “Hungry?”
“Yeah.” Corey nodded with an enthusiasm that made Derek wonder about the kid’s recent circumstances and whether he’d had enough to eat. He finally lifted his gaze to Derek. “Can I set the table for you? Or…something?”
“I’m not that formal here. You can grab the orange juice and butter from the fridge though. I already have plates and glasses.” Derek wondered if he could draw Corey out of himself a bit more. Mundane topics seemed to be relatively safe. The mention of the Dom had caused him to shut down instantly. “Hope you like chorizo and eggs.”
Corey brought over the items Derek had requested. He set them down then moved quickly away.
“Anything you have is great. I meant…” Corey swallowed, his expression pained. “I meant to say thank you to you last night. I should’ve said it to Gavin…” Corey’s eyes flashed up at him with panic. “Um, Master Gavin and Kyle, but they left before I could tell them. This is really cool of you to do. So, thank you.”
Derek offered him a smile. It wasn’t an expression he employed often, but he sensed that Corey needed some reassuring. “Sure. You’re welcome.” He finished pouring the juice then handed the tumblers back to Corey. “Here you go. Have a seat and I’ll get the rest.”
Corey nodded and did what he was told. Derek found himself intrigued by the young man. It was the absolute last damn thing he needed at the moment, but he couldn’t help it. Corey was too young, too pretty – but he didn’t seem to be too spoiled. Derek ached to know more. All he had to do was figure out how to approach Corey without scaring the shit out of him.
Buy the book:
Pride Publishing: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/safe-limits
Meet the author:
Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.
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Safe Limits is the second book in the Kiss of Leather series. These books definitely need to be read in order as the characters and issues in the first book bleed over into the second. Gavin and Kyle were just coming together and establishing their Dom/sub relationship. In Safe Limits, Kyle is still struggling with his desire to give up control. It’s his first experience in this type of relationship and dabbling in BDSM in general. He’s warring internally over his desire for impact play and what that means for him. Luckily, Kyle has someone new he can discuss his wants and feelings with, Corey.
Corey is a friend of David’s and he’s in need. He’s left an abusive Dom and seeks shelter and space to heal. Unfortunately the timing of his arrival coincides with Josh and David being away at a convention and Kyle and Gavin away on holiday. That leaves Derek to take in and care for Corey. Normally Derek would be strict and his usual domineering self but he sees from the first moment that Corey is too skittish for that.
Derek does his best to make Corey feel comfortable and protected. That kindness goes a long way in helping Corey. His abuse was ongoing and his idea of what a real Dom and a full-time submissive relationship should be is totally skewed. Derek is the perfect person to set all of that straight for Corey.
Corey and Derek are a dream. They’re literally courting each other. Shy smiles. Gentle touches. Going out for motorcycle rides and day trips, BBQs with friends. It’s all so sweet and exactly what Corey needs. Derek shows the perfect amount of gentleness towards Corey as he heals. Derek also ensures Corey gets mental help for his ordeal. They don’t touch at all sexually until Derek is certain that Corey wants it and is ready.
Safe Limits is one of my favorite type of BDSM books. Although it doesn’t have much in the form of scenes or playing, it does have the trust building and respect that is so important for those involved in the BDSM scene. Reading about Corey be treated right and getting help can be just as rewarding as reading a book full of intense impact play.
I have a feeling we will get something more intense from Corey and Derek in the next installment of the Kiss of Leather series. I, personally, can’t wait!
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!
Tour Date & Stops:
December 22, 2015
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