Friday, March 25, 2016

Begging to Serve by Morticia Knight

A feisty, untrained Dominant shows up at Hampton Road. Could he be the right man who Colin’s been saving himself for?

Submissive Colin loves his new life and job at The Hampton Road Club. He doesn’t mean to make the staff angry when he reorganizes everything or to frustrate the available Masters by never letting them touch him. He only wants to serve someone, to make them happy, but he’s also waiting for the right man—the way his grandmother had advised him to do before she died.

Another night, another brawl. Roddy had hoped that Hollywood would have better male prospects than Louisville when it came to playing rough. When Roddy’s latest would-be conquest threatens him with bodily harm, Roddy is chased right into the path of two of Hampton Road’s Masters, Ned and Aaron. They describe a wonderful club to him, where sadomasochistic men can enjoy each other, hidden safely behind the walls of an elegant mansion.

The moment Colin and Roddy spot each other, they fall hard and fast. While Master Saul is thrilled that Colin has finally found someone, what do any of them really know about their new guest?

It seems that Saul’s fears are ungrounded until tragedy strikes in Roddy’s world. It’s then that the validity of Colin and Roddy’s new love is truly tested. Was their bond real, or did Roddy have another agenda he’d kept secret all along?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book in the series that I have read, and I did not cotton on from the blurb that it was set in the 1920s, but once I did, then the whole atmosphere and language made a lot more sense. For men to be together was already taboo, but to have kinky desires as well, really did require discretion. I am planning on reading the previous books when I get a chance, as clearly there is a lot of back story involving Colin. But I enjoyed it as a standalone too.

As soon as we met Roddy, I had in mind Jimmy Cagney, blond, curly hair, short but with a swagger – and that is when I clued in about the era too. I enjoyed meeting the Masters and their mission to find Colin a dominant. I got a good sense of who they were and the values that they expounded.

Overall it was sweet, gentle, and a true to the period story which I enjoyed reading.

I had a hard time getting in to this one unfortunately. I haven't had this problem with any of this author's books that I've read before, but this one took me a bit to read.

I did enjoy the characters and the whole idea behind the Hampton Road Club series. I think I may have benefited from reading the entire series instead of just this one as a standalone. The 1920s setting was really interesting to me for a BDSM and M/M books. That time period isn't usually what you'd expect and I liked the gentlemanly feel it gave to the book.

Colin and Roddy's romance is the best part of this book in my opinion. They balance each other so nicely. The softer side of BDSM between them is a nice touch.

I am not a big fan of the cliché types of names and situations in this type of book and this really stunted the book a bit for me. I had a hard time getting past it. To me, all of the uses of "boy" were similar to an average romance book overusing "Baby."

Overall, this was an okay read for me. I'd recommend reading the rest of the series before this one though.

Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after.

If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011.

Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Begging to Serve (The Hampton Road Club #5) by Morticia Knight to read and review.

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