by Grace R. Duncan
Length: 280 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Gay (M/M), BDSM, Romance
Malcolm Tate hung up his flogger when his submissive sought out another Dom and landed in the hands of a serial killer. Convinced his lack of dominance sent his sub away, Mal has spent two years blaming himself for what happened. But when his best friend finally convinces him to go back to the local dungeon, Mal’s grateful. Especially when he wins beautiful, submissive, firmly-closeted Kyle Bingham in a charity slave auction.
College grad Kyle hasn’t earned enough to move out of the loft his conservative, homophobic parents bought, much less to buy any of the other things still in their name. When he’s won at auction by the hot, amazing Mal, he’s shocked that anyone would want him. No one else seemed to—not his parents, his former Doms, or any of his disastrous dates.
But Mal does want him and Kyle lets his guard down, only to be outed to his parents. With his world crashing down, he must find a way to trust Mal—and their developing relationship—or risk losing everything.
Safewords are not a Bad Thing
There’s a common misconception among those not in the lifestyle that using a safeword is paramount to quitting. That there’s shame somehow in using one, like you can’t take everything you’re given or some other rubbish.
But that is what I just said. Rubbish.
Safewords are used for all manner of reasons, not the least of which something like muscle cramps that have nothing to do with anything you’re doing. Sometimes safewords are used because the cuff came open.
And sometimes a Dom uses a safeword. Yes, yes they do. Because maybe something’s not working for them.
If my Dom pushes me a little too far on pain or is pushing my soft limits too much, “saffron” tells him this. He slows down, goes about it a different way, or changes to a different type of pain. That does not, by any means, mean I fail as a sub.
It takes a lot of trust to put yourself in the hands of another person with only a single word to stop them if things go wrong. It takes a lot of trust to know that person isn’t going to let YOU harm them and will use their word when it’s necessary. Trust runs both ways in a D/s relationship.
4 of 5 stars
Holy hotness!! The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Beautiful Boy is sex... lots and lots of sex. Mal and Kyle have amazing chemistry; the kind that will blow you out of the water and leave you panting for more.
Their meeting is less than conventional. They had both stepped outside their comfort zones and what starts as a sensually charged scene leaves them both yearning for more. The road from lust to love is a bit rocky as Mal and Kyle have demons from their pasts they need to face inorder to give themselves fully to each other. But boy-oh-boy it's worth it in the end!
The moral of Beautiful Boy is that amazing things come to those who are willing to work for it. That message is wrapped up in one of the sexiest packages I've read in a long time. Grace is the queen of kink, she takes hurt/comfort/heal to a whole new level with a developing story line, enchanting characters and heartwarming romance. I loved it!!!
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.