Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: Cutting Cords
SERIES: Kiss of Leather # 6
AUTHOR: Morticia Knight
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 136 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017
Liam yearns for Master Neal’s harsh touch, but Neal fears that a part-time Master can’t give a full-time sub everything he needs.
Liam’s world crumbled after the unexpected death of his Master. Prone to panic attacks and other social anxiety, Liam doesn’t believe he’ll ever find another Master who would be willing to take on such a challenged sub full time. Too distraught to go back to Club Consequence where he met the man he thought he’d be with forever, he decides to give Kiss of Leather a try.
After doing a piercing gig at Kiss of Leather, Master Neal signs up to become a member. On the night he performs a demo as the final step to being accepted, he meets a sub who brings out his protective urge and makes his heart come alive. Neal isn’t scared off by Liam’s anxiety or social awkwardness. On the contrary, he finds the sub to be refreshingly honest and endearing.
They try out a scene to see if they’ll click, and their connection is everything they’d both hoped it could be. However, the road to love and a Total Power Exchange isn’t an easy one. Neal still hasn’t discovered all there is to know about Liam’s traumatic upbringing, and he’s not sure if he’d ultimately be the right Master for Liam.
Both men are forced to face the truth about love, life and what it means to share it with another person. But before Liam can start over with Neal, he’ll have to cut the cords to his past and trust that Neal will be there to catch him when he does.
Of all the subs from the books in this series, I would say that Liam fascinated me the most. His traumatic past left him with an anxiety disorder which had prevented him from interacting trusting and interacting with many people. He was able to find a Dom who helped him work through many of his issues. But when that Dom suddenly passes away, the poor man’s grief pushed him further into his anxiety and Liam was unable to cope on his own. Thanks to Jordan looking out for him, he was able to have a support system of friends and family within the community offered him a support system that helped him get through his grief and anxieties. I loved that the character recognizes he has a disorder and works with a professional therapist who is familiar with the BSDM lifestyle to get through them. Better yet, I loved that the author has written a therapist into this series. She recognizes that many of these subs may have mental or emotional issues that can’t be solved just by submitting to their Doms alone. She understood that in cases such as these, a licensed mental health professional is required. That’s when you know that this author actually took the time to research the subject matter she was writing about. It gives the character as well as the story an authenticity that enhances the storytelling. And believe me, it’s appreciated.
I loved Neal’s character. He wasn’t your run of the mill Dom. In fact, none of the D/s in this series run of the mill. Neal is this pierced out free spirited-yet serious- Dom. As with all of this author’s Doms, he was gentle and kind and always firm when it comes to their subs. In this series, the Doms aren’t infallible, they have flaws but they aren’t too much of a Dom to work towards fixing their flaws.
Liam needed someone like Neal, I felt like these two fit together quite well. Neal wasn’t this intense (personality wise) Dom that would intimidate Neal. He was gentle with Liam without coddling him. He was able to strike the perfect balance between being a friend, Dom and lover. This combined with the love and support from his friends within the community helped Liam pushed through the grief to find happiness again.
These characters, this series is well written and perfectly balanced. The stories aren’t too long or too short, the characters and storylines are always well thought out and developed; editing is consistently on point. This book, this series is pleasure to read and one I would definitely recommend.