Touch Me Not

Genna Donaghy
Touch Me Not
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Release Date
September 2013
Alternate Universe, BDSM, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic, Western Romance

In an alternate universe, where gender is less important than how dominant a person is, Jake Alric is the odd man out. While other subs spend their days trying to find their one true mate, Jake goes out of his way to avoid dominants. He's seen the dark side of soul bonds, and all he wants is to be left alone to tend his small Montana cattle ranch in peace.

When an oil company starts buying up land all around town, Jake comes under increasing pressure to sell. A chance encounter brings him into contact with one of his potential mates, Henry Waterstone, son of the man trying to buy Jake's ranch and a handsome dominant who pushes buttons Jake didn't know he had. For the first time Jake is tempted by the true pleasure of being a submissive. But as Jake and Henry grow closer, a new player in the oil company rises up and threatens to sever their fragile connection. Suddenly the person Jake was most afraid to find becomes the one he's most terrified to lose.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Nov 04, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
This was a most interesting book. The whole idea of the story was imaginative, unusual and really spellbinding.

Jake Alric is trying hard to protect his ranch and his lifestyle. He lives in a time when subs and Dominants are determined at birth, and as a sub, he's been trying hard to keep his independence and live his life--alone. He doesn't want to find his true mate and be bonded to someone who can dominate him in the way he saw his father dominate his mother. That kind of life is not one he wants to live.

"You have to listen to me, do what I say. I'm your mate..." Jake had heard his father say that while he was subduing Jake's mother--teaching her a lesson--before she learned it was useless to fight back.

But when he comes face to face with Henry Waterstone, the son of the man trying to blackmail and scare Jake into selling his ranch, he finds that his resolve weakens. Henry is his soul mate but Jake fights it with every fiber of his being. Until he can do it no longer.

It was a fascinating story, giving such a different view of the Dom/sub relationship and I fell in love with Henry, Jake, Ezra and Grant. Underlying the attraction growing between Henry and Jake is the story of deceit, betrayal, corporate shenanigans and violence. And through it all, Jake finds himself not only finding his mate, but falling in over with a man with many facets and who is definitely not your typical Dom. Henry continues to be patient and woos Jake with every charm and emotion he's got.

This book was beautifully written, with in-depth characters and an emotional journey into one man's psyche as he tries to overcome the trauma of his parents' relationship and come to grips with who he is--a submissive. I thought Henry was a sympathetic and compassionate man, one who simply wanted Jake to realize that becoming his mate was more than a simple command of doing what he wanted, that Jake's needs also mattered. And Jake himself was a strong, passionate character who finally realized that Henry was what he wanted.

It was a great read, recommended, and I look forward (hopefully) to other books following on from this one. I'd like to see Grant find happiness with the man of his dreams, and Ezra, too.
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