We’re pleased to be on Amelia C. Gormley’s blog tour for Risk Aware! Welcome, Amelia!
Hi, and welcome to the RISK AWARE blog tour!
RISK AWARE is probably the longest single writing project I’ve ever undertaken. I started working on the concept in the spring of 2013, not long after I finished writing SAUGATUCK SUMMER. Geoff and Robin first appeared as minor characters—already in an established relationship—in SAUGATUCK SUMMER and I wanted to pursue their backstory.
Disabled people aren’t generally featured in BDSM fiction, and the sorts of BDSM usually portrayed is largely focused on activities that could be injurious—if not actually fatal—to something with Geoff’s condition. The story concept gave me an opportunity to examine several things we don’t often see in erotic romance. But it also meant I had to step far outside my own personal sphere of knowledge and experience on multiple levels. Which meant research was required.
Lots and lots of research.
The upshot is that the book took me over two years to write. If you’ve followed my posts on other blog tours in the past, you’ll know that’s highly unusual for me. I wrote SAUGATUCK SUMMER—a longer book—in about fifteen days. A lot of this is because I kept setting the manuscript aside to work on other projects and then taking a while to get back into things. But most of it is that getting it right required so much effort. So it’s particularly gratifying to finally get to share it with everyone who has been waiting for Geoff and Robin’s story, and also with people who may just be coming into the Saugatuck universe.
So thank you for being here!
About Risk Aware
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.
Check out an excerpt of Risk Aware at Riptide.
About Amelia C. Gormley
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.
To celebrate the release of Risk Aware, Amelia is giving away an ebook copy of the Strain series. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 14, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
Blown away! Yes, I was blown away by how intense this book was with the BDSM play, knowing it was about two men with huge issues. Usually that keeps the play a bit more toned down but this was edge play all the way! Those who like to read intense, gritty BDSM play will not be disappointed. Add to that the sincere respect and eventual love between Robin and Geoff, Risk Aware is a five-star novel.
Robin is trying to remove himself from the BDSM scene, but the draw is just too much. He’s still spinning from the lawsuit his ex slapped him with and the fact he will always have to fear people not understanding his lifestyle. He’s a serious Dom, taking every risk into consideration, never playing dangerously. That’s why he’s surprised to find himself looking for a submissive one night is Saugatuck.
Geoff carries a huge burden. He’s a hemophiliac with an intense desire to scene in some heavy BDSM play. The type of play to leave welts, bruises, and broken skin. He knows it could be dangerous, that’s the appeal. He’s also too conscientious to even consider doing the act. Now he feel unfulfilled and sad with his life. So much guilt from his overprotective mother through he years has really messed with Geoff’s mind. Now that both his parents are gone, his sister is pushing him to take a few risks and enjoy life. Would she say that if she knew what Geoff truly desired?
When these two men meet up, it’s flames and fireworks! They’re hot for each other from the start but Geoff withholds the fact he’s a hemophiliac. When Robin finds out, he’s shocked that Geoff would be so careless. Robin is willing to research and do what is necessary to keep Geoff safe while they play but communication is key. If Geoff isn’t willing to disclose everything and let Robin in, they don’t stand a chance.
We see quite a bit of growth in Geoff as the months pass by. He starts to trust Robin and see himself in a different light. He hates feeling different and treated like an invalid. Robin helps him see that being cared for and feeling the need to withhold becauseof his hang-ups are two separate things. Geoff has to break past the wall built around him by his mother and trust himself, his knowledge of his body, and Robin. Robin also has to work through his issues with his past. Being forced into dominating past what he’s comfortable giving will not happen again. It’s all about trust, full disclosure, and risk awareness.
Together they fly and it’s absolutely beautiful. The BDSM play is intense and carefully executed. Geoff is always so blissed out and Robin is the ultimate caregiver. Both truly get what they need within their relationship. No big black moments in this novel…. Yay! Just a story of two men navigating their issues to trust and love completely for the first time. The gradual slide into a complete and satisfying relationship that is sometimes mundane and sweet, other times bold, daring and severe. Always, it is lovely. Loved this story, loved Geoff and Robin from start to finish.