REVIEWED BY CINDY
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2016
When his best friend, Lee, offered him his sub as part of a bet, Colton Prier never expected more than a clean condo from the boy. But Tate Nicholson is well-trained, eager , and he likes rope play as much as Colton enjoys tying him up. It should have ended after one night, but they begin meeting in secret, and Colton can’t stop thinking about Tate. It’s a betrayal of his friendship with Lee to fall in love with Tate, but Colton can’t help wanting the sub for himself.
He’s not alone in his feelings, either. Tate thought he was happy with Lee. Not completely fulfilled, but happy enough. But as he spends more time with Colton, he realizes Lee isn’t capable of giving him what he wants anyway. Lee demands his full submission, but Tate doesn’t want to be a lifestyle sub. Colton expects his obedience at times but gives him his freedom more often than not, which is more in line with what Tate wants.
When Tate really needs his Dom and Lee isn’t around to help him, he reaches the tipping point and needs to choose who he wants to give his submission to, and to accept the consequences of his choice when he does.
Colton Prier is an interesting man. Confident, strong and very dominant. I strongly suspect that he’s someone who would drive me crazy if I knew him in real life, because I don’t do well with people who always have to be in charge of everything. However, as a character, I found him compelling, especially once his softer side started to show.
Tate Nicholson is just as strong-willed in his own way. He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it but manages to be sweet and respectful when he’s doing it.
Dom/sub stories are a particular favorite of mine, and when they are done well, there’s almost nothing else I would rather read (or write). This one is done rather well.
The other characters in the story are just as interesting, although I did find myself having a lack of sympathy for Lee, the Dom who Tate is with at the beginning of the story. I know that being a little self-centered is part of the personality make-up for a lot of dominants, but they should also be conscious of meeting their subs needs because its part of the responsibility you take when you accept someone’s submission. Lee fails at that pretty spectacularly.
Although he was a bit of an ass, I did feel sympathy for Tate’s father. Accepting that this is what your child wants out of life would be hard, especially if you didn’t know enough about the lifestyle would be hard. Thinking that your son gets his kicks by being hurt goes against being a parent is.
The world that Colton and Tate live in is richly portrayed, and the sex is so hot it made my toes curl just reading it. There’s a lot about this story to love and it totally swept me along , not letting me stop reading until I was done. The way they both struggled with their feelings was heartbreaking and the author does a great job in getting all the angst and pain across to the reader.
The only issues I had with it are really just personal preferences. I’m not big on the first person POV. It can be a little jarring or something and unless it’s done extremely well, it always bother’s me a little. This was pretty good, but it still niggled.
The second thing that bothered me was Colton’s arrogance. Once again, that’s a personal thing. He has his sweet and kind and loving moments, and he’s never really arrogant toward Tate, but when he talks about himself, I found myself rolling my eyes a little. Some variation of “a lesser Dom wouldn’t be able to, but I could” pops up a few times and I have to admit, it bugged me.
That being said, this was a truly enjoyable experience, and an excellent example (in my limited experience) of the BDSM lifestyle, something I’ve been fascinated with for a long time.
The dialogue is well done, the writing smart and easy to read and there is some excellent editing in there as well I think. It’s not often I get through a book without finding at least a couple of spelling or grammatical errors.
Reckless is a story that tugged at my heart as much as it intrigued my curiosity and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to a friend looking for a great read.