By Brina Brady
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Desperate to escape the clutches of an increasingly sadistic and abusive Dom, Kevin and Jack seize their opportunity to escape and runaway to Galway. They shave their heads and do their best to avoid being detected while searching for a new Dom who is prepared to take them on as package deal. Their running leads them to Cleary’s Pub—a bar full of leather-clad Doms and subs, owned and run by Master Cleary…
Master Cameron Cleary was in need of a new sub—it had been far too long since he’d had a boy in his life. Each night as he ran his pub filled with leather-clad Doms, accompanied by their Subs, he became more aware of how solitary his life had become. That is, until two young cousins turned up one night looking for work, a place to stay, and more intriguingly a Dom who would take them both. Something about their recently shaved heads and skittish demeanor stirred his interest and protective nature. But did he want two subs, and was he prepared to deal with whatever trouble these boys were hiding?
This is an extremely well-written book. The story itself is steady-paced, and the author consistently builds up the plot and sub-plot and tidily follows through on tying up all the story threads. The characters are still poignantly framed in my mind, even a couple of days after finishing the book, and the painful physical torture Kevin had to endure at the hands of the evil Mr. Higgins continues to haunt me and sadden my heart. The mood and tale were darker and more dramatic than I had predicted from reading the book blurb, but the author’s expert storytelling convinced me to continue turning the pages. The only thing that wasn’t intuitively obvious to me was the timeframe for this work – it takes place in present day, but for some reason, my mind kept wanting to process it as happening in the early part of the 20th century. The dark, troubling, and somber scene of the book is brightened and strengthened by Master Cleary’s protective support of and unconditional love for Jack and Kevin, and the HEA builds upon the underlying elements of hope, closure and new beginnings threaded throughout the story.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on November 11, 2016.