Book: Facing Fears
Series: Kiss of Leather #7
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: July 4, 2017
Length: 151 Pages
Reviewed by Erin
As the men of Kiss of Leather celebrate the resolution of the case of Corey’s kidnappers, Master Hunter worries that he’ll never see Tobey again.
Chuck isn’t about to let one of the key figures behind Corey’s kidnapping get away from him again. Everything he and Stone have discovered through their months-long investigation is about to come together. However, when Chuck follows the suspect to a shipyard, it’s not only his life that’s in danger.
Master Hunter is officially part-owner of Kiss of Leather, so he’s thrilled to raise a toast in celebration, now that the mystery of Corey’s kidnapping has been solved. However, he can’t help but feel left out. Everyone is paired up except for him. He’s never believed in monogamy before, but after Tobey unexpectedly left Kiss of Leather and no one knows where he’s gone, did Hunter make a horrible mistake by not sharing his true feelings?
Tobey is miserable ever since leaving West Hollywood and going back to Idaho. Breaking his own promise to himself by falling in love with his trainer, Tobey left Kiss of Leather impulsively after Master Hunter said something horrible to him. But things at home are worse than ever, and he’s come to realize that those who are related to him by blood aren’t necessarily his true family. The only place he’s ever felt he truly belonged was at Kiss of Leather.
Tobey has to face Hunter if he goes back to Kiss of Leather and Hunter has to figure out what he really wants from life and love. It takes a charity slave auction to show them what they’ve both been too stubborn to see.
It takes a really good series to keep me interested and invested for seven books. Mortica Knight has managed to so with her Kiss of Leather series and the newest addition, Facing Fears is a nice contribution. A little lighter on the BDSM aspect than the previous books have been but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty to keep me engaged ... after all in this book we finally get the resolution to the kidnapping ring that terrorized Corey and plagued all of the major players in the books thus far. It was quite the climax, even if it was resolved rather quickly once we got to the end.
The rest of the book focuses on Master Hunter. He's the newest partner in Kiss of Leather and isn't as close to the others as they are with one another. He's definitely the odd man out looking in. The other partners are in committed relationships that are flourishing and are happily in love. Hunter has always felt like relationships weren't for him, that he didn't have what it took to commit to one person. After a really blunt talk with Gavin, Hunter begins to reflect and admits that maybe all is not lost. It's too bad that the one person he could see a future with fled Kiss of Leather after a misunderstanding. Tobey is a sub who fell hard and fast for gruff Dom Hunter. The two scened together often during demonstrations and such at the club, spent time together outside of there, so it's no wonder Tobey developed feelings, feelings that he believed weren't reciprocated. So humiliated and angry, Tobey left Kiss of Leather, only to come back when things at home didn't go quite like he planned.
Once Hunter finds out Tobey has returned, he embarks on a plan to win back the heart of the submissive he knows he loves. I'll be honest, the insta-love when Tobey returns was pretty unrealistic, and Hunters transformation into sweet, romantic guy was a tad hard to swallow. Not to mention that really, the relationship part of this book barely gets going before the book is over. I was really frustrated by that and as such, didn't feel any connection whatsoever between Hunter and Tobey. I wish the book would have been longer, or the relationship developed sooner, to get me interested in these two. I'm hoping there's at least one more book, perhaps with Tai and that as Morticia has done in previous books, begins the next one with a bit of Hunter and Tobey so we can see them enjoying their HEA.
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