Relearning the Ropes

D.C. Juris
Relearning the Ropes
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Publisher
Breathless Press
Release Date
January 2012
ISBN
9781926930831
Genre
BDSM, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Marcus will have to set aside his old theories about BDSM and relearn the ropes to be the Dom Charlie needs.

When his good friend Julius dies unexpectedly, Marcus finds himself saddled with a new submissive–Charlie. But Charlie comes with a history, and more pain and need than Marcus has ever encountered. Marcus knows he loves Charlie, and Charlie loves him, but Marcus must set aside his old theories about BDSM and relearn the ropes if he wants to be the Dom—and the lover—they both need.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Nov 06, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
With lovely wording and genuine feeling, D.C. Juris has a tendency of putting real characters into his stories, who are often faced with very difficult situations. Keeping the same level of ‘real life' immersed into all the pages is not always easy and an author who still does it should be on your reading list.

That said, RELEARNING THE ROPES is another short one from this author, where two men fight to find balance between them and actually make love be enough. Or at least that's how I saw it. It revolves around BDSM, with Charlie being the submissive whose dominant, Julius, had died. Julius left Charlie to Marcus, his friend, and the two men have to find a way to make things work.

When compared to the other books from the same author, this one didn't live up to my expectations. There were quite a few things that simply didn't work for me, even beside the facts that the story was too short.

Although this plot mold has already been used in a few books, somehow in this one it didn't have the desired punch. Julius just giving Charlie away, even with the reason for it being his death, bothered me. Charlie started as a commodity, which I could live with, but his growth into something more just wasn't strong enough to make a difference.

Then there was the whole BDSM thing. It rarely happens that I don't at least connect with one character in a book. It is the behavior, attitude or even actions that bring me to that level where I know who is what even without the characters constantly emphasizing their title. Other than one not really satisfying scene, I wouldn't even call this a BDSM story in anything other than the words coming out of characters' mouths stating their titles.

Another big no-no in this story is the way Julius became a bad guy after his death. Another plot tool a lot of authors use but one I just can't stomach. Julius was a friend and a Dom, who did his best and even in his worst, no one told him a thing. It wasn't handled nicely and it made me frown at the two main characters.

I was also confused in the sense of categorizing this book. I'm not sure if it fits in the contemporary setting or if it was written with some type of futuristic world in mind. Without giving any spoilers, all I can say is that it was Charlie's past which made the difference blurry in my mind, and I would have loved the story more if that part had been clarified.

Charlie and Marcus surprisingly talk a lot. They are trying to resolve months, even years of issues in one afternoon. Add to that the sub's reluctance and the Dom's indecision and you won't really get a productive conversation. Still, they made it work and came to the loving part which didn't make much sense for me, but you should be aware that this is a happy ending story and pretty sweet at times.

Even with all the issues, I don't think this is necessarily a bad book. It tells a tale about two men making the best out of what life gave them. They might not be perfect but they still move forward, and in the end that is the only thing any of us can do in our own lives.
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