|Cover Artist: Paul Richmond|
Turning His Life Around
by Grace R. Duncan
Length: 240 pages
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, BDSM, Erotic, Romance
Can Kane recognize what's right in front of him before he loses everything?
Years ago, Ian Kelly accepted Kane would never return his love, since he knows Kane believes he’s incapable of it. Ian is willing to settle for what he can get—a best friend, sometimes casual lover, and occasional submissive. He's learned he can’t live without Kane, but he can’t let Kane know. Because when, not if, Kane confirms that Ian’s love will never be returned, Ian won’t be able to take it. But when Kane loses his job and asks Ian to step up their play to help him deal, Ian’s ability to hide his feelings falters. Then Kane starts his own computer security firm and asks Ian to join him, and Ian struggles further.
It’s not until they visit the exclusive BDSM club the Iron Door that things come to a head. Kane screws up big time, and he’s afraid he can’t fix it. He’s sure he’ll lose his best friend, his Dom, his everything… forever.
My Review: 5 of 5 stars
Turning His Life Around is one of the most entertaining BDSM stories I've read in a while. I have personal experience in the lifestyle and must say that one of my favorite aspects of Turning is how realistically the D/s relationship develops between Ian and Kane over time. While certain personalities do tend to incline a person towards one side or the other, the truth of the matter is that Doms are not born with the knowledge of how to lead, subs are not automatic naturals. That these are skills developed over time, nurtured between partners and, more often than not, learned at home or within a small group of like-minded friends, is a truth Duncan nestles beautifully within the pages of her story.
Kane and Ian's characters are so genuine, the connection between them is almost tangible. The obvious chemistry found in their deliciously frequent scenes are 'Did somebody turn the heat up in here?' sexy. They make their fair share of mistakes over time, but in doing so learn to communicate, trust and depend on each other. Reading Turning His Life Around is like opening a window into someone else's life, fully expecting it to be a completely foreign experience, only to discover that it's not that much different than your own.
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
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