REVIEWED by Jen B.
TITLE: Tricks and Bids
SERIES: Suit of Harte’s #1
AUTHOR: Jacqueline Grey
PUBLISHER: Resplendence Publishing, LLC
LENGTH: 66 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 24, 2014
When Michael Nole propositions Dillon Spade outside of a BDSM club one evening, all he is looking for is a potential client and a little kink, but he gets much more than he bargained for. As a prostitute, Michael enjoys sex but keeps an emotional distance between himself and the men he sleeps with. His priority is to keep himself safe, but after a night in Dillon’s bed, he finds the line between enjoyment and occupation becoming blurrier than usual.
Dillon Spade hasn’t taken another man home in six years since his previous lover passed away, but there is something about Michael that calls to his inner Dominant in a way he cannot resist. His instincts want to claim the boy even as he reminds himself that he is only paying Michael for temporary company.
Their relationship may have started as a business transaction, but these two are finding it difficult to remain professional when the man beside them is proving to be an exception to all the rules.
This was an interesting start of a series. It is about a dom who lost his previous sub/lover and now chooses to pay Michael for sessions when he meets him outside of the BDSM club, as it is easier to not have to deal with the complexities of a relationship. Paying a rent boy allows him to walk away easily without any of those attachments.
But, Michael turns out to be exactly the kind of sub/lover Dillon needs. While Michael is a little afraid of Dillon becoming a regular client for fear he will become too attached, it is quickly out of their hands as their connection blossoms. Michael is a bit new to the level of submission Dillon requires, and though he is quite inexperienced, Dillon takes that into consideration and they negotiate their sessions before each one.
I really enjoyed these two. Dillon was quite interesting, especially as we learned more about his past with his friends and his relationship with Clover. I do wish we had gotten a little more detail about the friends, but we get enough to get the gist of things. This was a short story, and it definitely could have been longer and more involved. It felt a bit rushed at times and felt as though it would have benefited from being a bit more fleshed out in some areas throughout. Regardless, the characters were fleshed out enough to give some feels and the steamy sessions were quite enjoyable. This was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed the style and story line which had me adding the other books in this series on my to read list. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about the various players in the Suite of Harte’s.