Saturday, August 13, 2016

Beautiful Boy by Grace R. Duncan

Title: Beautiful Boy
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre and Pairing: M/M, BDSM
Page Count: 276
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
Malcolm Tate hung up his flogger when his submissive sought out another Dom and landed in the hands of a serial killer. Convinced his lack of dominance sent his sub away, Mal has spent two years blaming himself for what happened. But when his best friend finally convinces him to go back to the local dungeon, Mal’s grateful. Especially when he wins beautiful, submissive, firmly closeted Kyle Bingham in a charity slave auction.

College grad Kyle hasn’t earned enough to move out of the loft his conservative, homophobic parents bought, much less to buy any of the other things still in their name. When he’s won at auction by the hot, amazing Mal, he’s shocked that anyone would want him. No one else seemed to—not his parents, his former Doms, or any of his disastrous dates.

But Mal does want him and Kyle lets his guard down, only to be outed to his parents. With his world crashing down, he must find a way to trust Mal—and their developing relationship—or risk losing everything.

Beautiful Boy by Grace R. Duncan is a softer take on the BDSM world. I liked the more romantic take on it. Mal hates Christmas, it reminds him of all he has lost in life and can never have again, or so he believes. He feels the Dominate inside of him is gone he does not want to bring that side of himself out again. Ever.
Kyle is in a slave auction. He is a closeted gay man. He doesn't want his parents to disown him so he intends to keep it that way. He wants to submit to a Dom more than anything, but is he willing to have his parents disown him for having his dream of a Dom of his own to come true?
I liked this book, both Kyle and Mal are kinda at the same point in life. What do they really want? And what are they willing to do, or give up to get it? How much of that depends on who they are at the core of themselves. Which we get a glimpse into with this book. I liked the layers, and storyline to this one. Both are very complex men, and both have a lot of pain to explore. I would love to read more about these characters in the future, they might be starting in this book, but I feel they are on to something much more than both of them. 

                     Five Shooting Stars

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