Bonds of Denial

Lynda Aicher
Bonds of Denial
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Publisher
Carina Press
Release Date
February 2014
ISBN
9781426897948
Series
Book 5 of Wicked Play
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
It's been twenty years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him for kissing another boy. Now a grown man with a military career behind him, Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long.

Carter has just four months left on his contract with an escort agency, and he doesn't know whether to feel relieved or afraid. Being an escort is all he knows. Adding to his confusion is the way his latest client, the sexy but stoic Rock, makes him feel things he hasn't wanted in years.

One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 20, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
118 people found the following review helpful
I love me some guy-on-guy action, and while BONDS OF DENIAL gives that, it provides so much more. This story of two men who find love in the most unlikely person, yet it couldn't be more right.

Former Army man and co-owner of exclusive BDSM club The Den Rockford Fielding, aka "Rock," is totally in the closet, which severely limits his sex life. When he spots the gorgeous Carter Montgomery on the security cameras at the club, the man intrigues him enough to find out his background. When he learns that Carter is a gay escort and that he's friends with coworker Tyler, Rock sets up a paid meeting. Just dinner, he asserts.

Carter is established enough in the escort industry that he can pick and choose his clients, but this first meeting with Rock has him slightly off balance. Carter's life is an illusion; he is whatever fantasy his clients need him to be. Friend, therapist, lover, submissive, dominant, confidant...he affects the persona he needs to to get through the dates. But the gruffly shy military man sears all of his senses, making his nerves raw and leaving him wanting more.

Rock has been so deep in the closet that he can't even see the door anymore. Carter tears down his walls of shame and fear and allows him to be himself for the first time in his life. The two bond quickly, though with Carter still seeing clients and Rock still not out to his friends, there's a heavy weight on both of their shoulders. As their relationship progresses and Rock becomes more confident in his own skin, Carter begins to wonder when Rock will realize that he's way too good for a whore.

BONDS OF DENIAL is book 5 in the Wicked Play series, featuring the owners of exclusive BDSM club, The Den. This book features security specialist "Rock," who is deeply in the closet and Carter, a gay escort who is one of the top "bottoms" in the industry. At first I was concerned that this would be a rehash of Tyler, Seth and Allie's story in BONDS OF DESIRE, and I was also a little concerned since straight up gay novels don't always appeal to me. That said, I feel like I know these guys intimately through their escapades within the Wicked Play series, so the purely gay storyline definitely turned out to be an amazing read, both erotic and touching.

The relationship between the men was incredible; they were so in tune with each other, yet the differences in their personalities were extreme. Rock, despite his tough military background, was really introverted and had the hardest time expressing even the most basic human emotions. Carter was out and proud (without being flaming), living life on his own terms with few regrets. Reading about Rock's transformation was really a beautiful thing.

BONDS OF DENIAL was a gorgeous love story about two men who couldn't be more different on the surface, but who both faced insecurities and demons on the inside. The sex scenes were well done and passionate, some raw and rough, some loving and breathtaking, none featuring the BDSM elements that this series is known for. This book is absolutely the most poignant story in the series and definitely one of my favorites.
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