Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Shaded Chains
AUTHOR: Jack L Pyke
PUBLISHER: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
LENGTH: 102 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2017
“Say my fucking name.”
Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little… dangerous, his methods are a little… dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.
When something new from Jack Pyke hits my radar it’s met with excitement and anticipation. At just over 100 pages Shaded Chains is a quick read with Jack’s inimitable style of dark but this one also had a softer side, an undercurrent that was lighter than normal and I think that came from the fact that despite their stresses and everything else that was going on in their lives Alex and Ross were deeply in love.
Ross is in the heart-breaking situation of having to watch his father become lost to himself and those around him as dementia claims the man he used to be. A lot of their time together is spent silently sometimes indulging in their art, something they used to share together, and often times just sitting together and reflecting their past and their present.
Alex is a psychiatric nurse and one of the patient’s he cares for is Ross’s father. This is where it gets a bit complicated for everyone involved as Ross and Alex are also partners, in fact they are in a long term D/s relationship together, but they have to keep that to themselves around Alex’s work colleagues as it may be seen as crossing an ethical line by some.
When an incident causes Ross’s father to lose his temper and lash out the repercussions are far reaching and suddenly the trust between Ross and Alex, which is so important to who they are, is lost and very quickly they both lose control of the situation and their emotions. Underlying problems such as having to keep their relationship a secret are suddenly huge stumbling blocks and neither man is sure how to fix what they have broken.
The fixing turns out be a lot of fun…..eventually. Firstly it stars out dark and risqué as Alex tries to fix them the only way he knows how. Will Ross learn to trust and submit again or will he use his safeword and walk away with his broken heart?