I had a few minor issues with the way the major conflict was resolved, but as a work of fiction, I understand that sometimes things will not always be handled in a way that I would expect them to be. The plot was good, but again, the subject matter was much heavier. Even still, it flowed well. Dialogue is mostly believable, cast interaction as well. There was very little predictability. The conclusion is solid enough, providing an HEA for our men, but there's enough cracks and gaps to allow future storylines to develop. Overall, my heart broke and soared for Peter and urge people to give his story of pain and survival a chance.
Minor physical violence in present time. No sexual abuse in present time. Thomas is part-owner of Collars and Cuffs.
He is a Dom and trains Doms and subs, but doesn't have a permanent sub. However, he does have a great heart so when there's need for someone to take care and look out for Peter he agrees to do it--until they can find him a Dom. Peter doesn't know what's right and wrong anymore when it comes to being a sub. His previous Dom abused him and scarred him in many ways. Now he finds himself in the care of a gentle Dom who understand his needs even when he doesn't know what those are himself. I loved Thomas.
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His caring side paired with his Dom side made for the perfect balance that Peter needed to be able to move on after all he went through. I loved that he was so gentle and understanding yet still firm when Peter needed it most. I would have loved to know more about his personal life though. I can't help but think that there was so much more to him that was brought to the page. Peter, Peter, Peter. My heart went out to him immediately. He had gone through hell and back so to see him moving forward was a treat for me to read.
He still has a lot of healing to do, but the growth he achieved in this story was more than enough for me to believe he was ready for something more with Thomas. I loved everything about this story--the slow build-up, the emotions, the romance. Wells brought about Thomas and Peter's connection in a way that was viable for me to believe it could happen. All in all, a fantastic emotional story. Thomas Williams is recruited by a friend to help submissive Peter Nicholson. Peter has suffered immensely in the hand of his Master Curtis and is rescued by Thomas friend Steven. Thomas needs to get Peter to be able to forget the past and start again No small task.
And this is a journey that will not be easy but the rewards will and can be extraordinary for both. The way this book is done, breaks your heart , it touches you but it also gives you a sense of triumph and peace. It also teaches that trusting will come and joy will be the end result. One day you'll awaken to sunshine, not just in your room but in your heart, and you'll be able to step out of the shadows, to become the person you were meant to be.
It was wonderful to watch his blossoming under the tender care of Thomas and the friendship provided by Alex. Peter's view of submission was warped by his experience with a cruel and uncaring man. I've confined myself behind these walls for protection. I have my reasons, but that doesn't change the profound loneliness I've discovered in the process.
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Review: Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells (Collars and Cuffs #2)
After the devastating loss of his father, he travels across the country to deliver a letter to his dad's estranged best friend. But surely, he deserves a night of relaxation when he first gets to town, right? He sets his sights on the attractive older guy at the bar - except his almost-one-night-stand turns out to be the very man he's in town to see.
Lucas Vallois is always in control. The self-made millionaire has everything he wants within his tight grasp. The warning is clear - give up his new property venture or end up dead. Caving to the demands of his friends, Lucas accepts the help of bodyguard Andrei Hadeon. 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' home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. 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 lion's den alive, so Thomas can tell his boy he loves him?
For anyone who has wanted to know about what it's really like in the BDSM scene this book is highly important to read or listen to. The author writes beautifully honest and descriptive scenes that leave you wanting to only continue to the next chapter. The characters are real and make you feel like you want to be one of them have been one of them or would like to encounter one of them or more.
Nick is also an amazing reader. His ability to change his voice and really make you feel as if you are that character is an important part of this book as well. I truly look forward to more in the series. Any additional comments? Just as good as the 1st book. I loved seeing Alex and Leo and them being involved throughout. I loved that Peter had a friend in Alex. A Dom who trains other Doms and Subs perhaps he needs to be, but wow.
How he handled every aspect of Peter was awesome.
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This book pushed all my buttons and made me cry. There is no age to love! Thomas learned well that, as a fifty-six years old man, he could love and be loved! And destiny brought him his love match I loved this book, even though the narrator made Thomas sound a bit like Kermit the frog Lolz there goes my childhood memories!! I liked everything about this book. I was invested in the characters lives and especially liked the fact that there was such a large age difference between them.
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I'm glad they were able to overcome this. Sex scenes were great. My only criticism would be that I wish Thomas had dropped out of Master mode more often and called Peter by his name rather than boy. The narrator is a perfect choice for this one. I absolutely loved the kindle version and had to add the audiobook. I am a devotee of the writing of KC Wells and truly believe that this is one of her greatest stories. I physically read the book a number of years ago and having recently started purchasing audiobooks, this was one of the first titles I purchased.
If you are curious, as I was, there is a difference, between listening to the story and reading the story. In reading, your mind uses the author's words to conjure the characters and situations in with they find themselves. However, in listening, the narrator has used those same words to conjure those same situations and characters and uses their voice, both accent and inflection, to help you in your own conjecture.
Your own mind pictures, at least in my case, will usually be more colorful and vital when listening. The two main characters, Thomas, a 50ish, settled, dominant and business partner in a distinguished gay BDSM club in Manchester, England and Peter, a year-old young man who longed to be a submissive but had ended up being an abused, beaten sex slave of a man who called himself a Master but was really a sadistic criminal, find themselves living in the same house after Peter is rescued from his former circumstances and taken to Thomas to save him from the clutches from his former 'Master'.
Thomas takes on the task of caring for Peter and helping him to recover from the torture, both physical and psychological, that Peter has lived through the last years. Thomas believes he will perform this task as a dispassionate, although compassionate, man and when Peter has become a healthy version of himself, Thomas will vet other Dominants to see who would be an appropriate one to whom Peter could attach. Of course, as with most romances, even BDSM and erotic, plans do not always go as planned and different ones end up being written.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the developing tale of Peter and Thomas and know that we will be hearing more from them throughout the rest of the series. I enjoyed Nick Russo's use of voices to distinguish between the different characters in this book, as he did in book 1, An Unlocked Heart, and he carried over the voices of those main characters to this book appropriately. Peter and Thomas have a ways to go for their pinnacle and they have the full support of those around them to go the full route! Need a better narrator. Or Peter. Or Leo. Who was your favorite character and why? Peter - what he went through and he road to recovery is an amazing story that will tug at your heart strings.
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Yes, I have lots of books narrated by Nick and this one is just as good as the rest of them. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The scene where Thomas surrounds Peter and has him tell him about his panic attach. Would you listen to Trusting Thomas again? Not yet! I want to listen to the rest of the series. What other book might you compare Trusting Thomas to and why? Book 1 of Collars and Cuffs.
I love the way he does Thomas's voice. I loved the whote story. I love the way the next story lets you check on the past story. I enjoyed the story. However the American accent is a dead loss. Surely there was an English guy available! I enjoyed the story, not just about a Dom sub relationship developing but it also has intrigue.
My problem was the narration. The American narrator attempting English dialects is 'interesting'. Thomas sounds like Kermit the Frog. I reviewed the first book in the series An Unlocked Heart and most of what I said in that review applies to this book too. Others have commented on the poor performance of the narrator and regrettably it does detract from the story being read. Why do we have an American reading a book set in the UK when he cannot pronounce English words correctly?
Other than that, the book is first a foremost a gay romance. As I got into the story I found a love for the characters and the love and real deep care shown by Dominants for their submissives. The feeling of trust returned with compassion and care is an amazin gpart of this kind of relationship and that is what comes through in this series. Friends have heard me listening to the book and have commented 'oh God it's that sex book again', but they are soo wrong. Yes, the language is explicit and descriptions of the sex scenes can be graphic, but they are in context and it is not just for titillation.