Risk Aware

Amelia C. Gormley
Risk Aware
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
May 2016
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He's given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?

Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he's not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn't helped by the fact that Geoff's unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.

Geoff's hemophilia isn't the obstacle he thinks it is. Instead, a lack of trust—on both their parts—is what could end them before they have a chance to begin.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
May 05, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
Someone with a bruising disorder is the last person you'd expect to be interested in the BDSM lifestyle. Geoff Gilchrest yearns to feel the burn of a whip, anything to satisfy his curiosity. Yet the dangers of playing with a hemophiliac is a significant barrier.

Amelia Gormley's RISK AWARE provides a unique look into an m/m relationship unlike any I've seen in print. One of the key ingredients is the solid chemistry between Geoff and Robin, which is absolutely essential in any relationship.

I've read several books centering around an m//m relationship, but this story was much more than another love story. In fact, there were a number of relationship nuances that enhanced the storyline. Even though Geoff let Robin be in control, he made it clear that he wasn't a true submissive. The transfer of power was a significant factor in the story.

Aside from the budding relationship, I was fascinated by Geoff's masochistic desires in spite of his physical condition. There's a lot of exploration that takes place, but it follows the safe, sane and consensual rules of the lifestyle. I have heard of needle play, but this was the first time I had ever read about it being integrated into a scene.

The focus of the story is whether the two men can build enough trust for a lasting relationship since they both have their share of baggage. The end result is a phenomenal story that highlights the love of two people. Take a solid storyline and a significant amount of spice and you've got the recipe for RISK AWARE.
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