Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Izzy’s Boy
SERRIES: Woolf Tales #1
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 227 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 31st 2017
This is the debut MM novel from exciting new author Viva Gold.
Isadore Woolf is a man who knows what he wants in life and most recently that happens to be Adam Cohen. Isadore comes from a steady background with loving and supportive parents and is a good son. He has rejected his father’s wealth in favour of making his own and he has built a successful career in the financial world.
Izzy surrounds himself with people who cater to his needs and never more so than at his ‘club’ where his Dominant side is free to express itself among the many willing subs happy to kneel at his feet. But Isadore has reached the stage where his tastes have matured and refined, and the tall, muscle packed, long haired, quietly spoken Adam Cohen feeds every one of his kinks. Getting this mountain of a man to submit seems impossible but Izzy was never one to back down from a challenge.
Still, it’s not all handcuffs and roses as a sinister plot of revenge against Adam could jeopardise their love and even their lives.
Can Izzy save Adam?
Can Adam be what Izzy needs?
Fierce passion and untamed arrogance drives Isadore to risk everything for a future together.
Sadly, I didn’t enjoy Izzy’s Boy by Viva Gold at all. I really liked the blurb and was looking forward to a great BDSM novel. But what I found really didn’t live up to expectations. The club that is mentioned in the blurb really has a very minor part in the story – that is to say that they go once, later in the book. And we never meet anyone else from the club except the doorman.
The story revolves around Isadore Woolf or Izzy as he is most commonly called. And it really is all about him. From the start he embarrasses Adam, dresses him up and takes over. And yet he tells Adam that he only wants to be ‘sir’ in the bedroom. The theme of Izzy being the boss fluctuates throughout the book. And I really was never able to connect with or like Izzy. He seems like a rich kid thug who does whatever he wants.
As the blurb suggests there is a plot to hurt Adam and it is dealt with quickly. Izzy then proceeds to punish their attackers. Usually I am all for a strong man standing up for himself and his loves ones. But in this case I was really taken aback. What Izzy does is film himself sexually abusing the man who hurt Adam. After he makes the man ejaculate, he gets his two bodyguards to take him to the police to be dealt with by the law. And then just for a true cherry on top of this already unsettling event, he posts the video online and cleans his office (where everything takes place). At no point is anything ever mentioned that he could be charged for his actions, especially when there is filmed proof (he is wearing a mask). Adam’s reaction is what truly ruined any chance of me liking this book. He leaves Izzy, but when Izzy confronts him he basically falls apart saying that he is afraid he can’t be the boy Izzy needs.
Besides my dislike of the characters, the story has choppy scene changes which makes it difficult to read in places. I also found the secondary characters rather flat.
This really wasn’t a book for me, which is why I can only give it two hearts.
RATING: 2 hearts