Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather #1) by Morticia Knight 3*
BLURB: Kyle’s a natural sub who builds dungeon furniture, yet has no interest in BDSM. It takes a hunky Dom to show him just what he’s been missing.
After Kyle’s partner of five years leaves him for another man on the night of their housewarming party, the shy, early-thirties carpenter needs to do a major reassessment of his life in addition to raising some serious cash. With no one to help him pay the lease on his Los Angeles condo, he worries how he’ll survive. His best friend sets up a meeting with one of the Doms and partners at Kiss of Leather, a gay BDSM club being built as a premier destination for those who want the best of the best.
Master Gavin not only wants the best—he demands it. When he meets Kyle, he assumes that part of the builder’s reticence to share anything personal with him must be due to his experiences with an abusive former Master. Not one to back down from a challenge, Gavin determines to break through the walls surrounding the beautiful man he can’t get out of his mind. He’s hopeful that once he convinces Kyle to sign an initial contract, Kyle might be the first sub to open up his heart.
Misunderstandings and accusations almost destroy everything between them before they have a real chance to begin. However, the true obstacle becomes not only whether Kyle will embrace BDSM as a lifestyle, but also whether he can handle a full-time D/s relationship with a big, bad, scary Dom who’s as sexy as hell.
My Review: I liked this book both for the story and for the way the author has used Kyle's inexperience to highlight the lifestyle. The other reason I liked it was that neither man was a young, gorgeous twink. It made a nice change to have a couple without a twink involved. I do wish that it had been a little less guide book to the life style and more hot, sweaty sex but that is just a personal preference (I'm a randy minx on the quiet). Overall I enjoyed it enough to want to read Kiss Of Leather book two when it comes out later this month.