Book: Lock and Key
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 15, 2016
Length: 321 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.
Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.
After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.
Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.
Love. All consuming love. The kind when you cannot think of anyone else day and night. The kind of love that you can feel your love enter a room. Heart break. The pain one feels when they are rejected by the one they love is a pain like no other. It sears into your soul. You are sometimes forever searching to fill the void that rejection has left. Can it be filled? Can you find another someone that make you feel that way again? And to do that do you have to alter who you are?
Zac Davis was eighteen years old the first time he laid eyes on the man he wanted. His instincts told him that this was the man he was to serve. Although Zac knows what he wants it’s everyone around him that believes he is too young to know. But Zac doesn’t want to give up as nervous as this man makes him he is so drawn to him he can’t say no. A friendship is built between Zac and the man, one consumes them both before they realize it. But heartbreak changes everything for him. Once he realized he would never serve his love, he pushed that part of him away and became the man that could give to others what he could never have.
Andrew Nikeman has just come out of a very long relationship with a man he loved for over ten years. He knows his infatuation for Zac cannot be acted on because Zac is too young and of course any discourse between Zac and himself could cause issues with his brother’s relationship with Dusty...or would it? Are these just excuses he tells himself to push Zac away? And when he realizes what he could have with Zac will it be too late?
Zac had already been through so much in life with the rejection from his mom for just being who he is that another rejection just stops him in his tracks and I am not surprised. As smart and mature Zac can be at heart there is a part of him that never grew up, a part that is so desperate to have what he can’t have that he pushes too hard. Watching his heartbreak makes you want to just give him a huge squish time and time again. Andrew. Of course, isn’t trying to hurt him he just has what he sees as true reasons as to why he cannot possibly act on his feelings towards Zac.
I was fascinated by Zac’s decision to become a Dom because to me how true of a feeling could he portray in the role to other Doms and submissives if it is something so out of his true nature? But this author shows us that he did it and maybe being submissive was where he would get the greatest fulfillment but that there is a part of him that does so well in the role of Dom. I loved the complexity of Zac because of this; he felt both like Dom and sub, old and young at times throughout the book. I liked that the author addressed with her characters the many stereotypes in our world with showing that large built men can be the submissive, that just being a switch is not something wrong or shameful, and tall gorgeous manly men can be hairdressers.
Also, although we do get to see the characters from The Dark Angels series this book is a complete standalone.
One thing that the author does that wasn't for me was the repetitive nature of her writing with the:
“Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.”
“Kneel. Serve. His.”
To a degree this is okay but I felt the author took it slightly overboard and made it from something that can draw attention to important words that create a feeling to an annoyance for the reader. This is obviously something that is a personal preference; a thing I might not enjoy to this level but others might.
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