Saturday, 20 June 2015

Book review - Light A Candle by V.J Summers (M/m BDSM) 4 stars

Light a Candle by V.J Summers
M/m BDSM romance 
4/5 stars 


Will broke Dusty’s heart their senior year. One unexpected moment of passion between them, and Will freaked out. Not only wasn’t he gay, but he wasn’t kinky either—or so he insisted to Dusty. Their long friendship ended, and Dusty was left with only bittersweet memories of their last movie night together.

Ten years later, out as gay and a Dom, Will auditions for membership at Club Deviant, only to find that he’s been assigned an all-too-familiar submissive. His scene with Dustin feels like fate, and he’s determined to get back what they once had—and more.

Dustin had buried the pain of rejection deep, but playing with Will conjures all his memories of that one electric moment they shared and the friendship it destroyed. He’s built walls around his heart high enough to keep out the Trojan Army, but together, he and Will may find the courage to move beyond their past and face their future together.

Publisher's note: This is a heavily expanded and revised edition of Velvet Memories, previously published in 2011.

Word count: 35,200; page count: 136

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Light A Candle is a hot m/m novella which I enjoyed reading. It's a second chance love story with a BDSM twist, and as you can probably guess from the title and cover, most of the BDSM scenes are based on wax play.  I've read lots of wax play scenes and I have found most of them a little dull - but the scenes in this book are far from dull! The wax play is sensual, detailed, varied and oh so hot!

Dusty and Will we're friends in high school, but when they were eighteen they had an awkward sexual encounter which led to Will fleeing the scene and ignoring Dusty for the rest of time at school. Ten years later Will is out as being gay and a Dom, and he is pleasantly surprised to meet Dusty again at a BDSM club. Dusty is a club submissive and Will has to preform a scene with him as part of his audition to join the club.  Will thinks this is fate and is determined to make Dusty his submissive, but Dusty is equally determined not to get involved and to avoid getting hurt again.

In the first part of this book there are quite a few flashbacks to their time at high school, and I found the constant flitting back and forward between now and then to be slightly annoying, it pulled me out of the story a bit. I think I would have preferred a prequel told in one chapter, then a move to present day in the next chapter.  I did like both characters, especially Will, but I would have liked to know them both a bit more. All of the present day story is told from the club, and it would have been nice to know a bit more about their 'real' lives.  All that being said though, I did enjoy this book.  It is a passionate, sexy book with very well written BDSM scenes that are a bit different from the norm.  I give Light a Candle four stars.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

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