REVIEWED by Jen B.
TITLE: On His Knees
SERIES: Blasphemy #4
AUTHOR: Laura Kaye
LENGTH: 157 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2018
Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…
Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.
Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.
Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees…
This is the first M/M pairing of this series, and though I did not read the others, I wasn’t lost at all. I love a good story about discovery and exploration, and this was definitely focused on that with Jamie.
Jamie has been going through life and relationships knowing something was missing but not knowing what. After realizing yet another relationship wasn’t going to work, he heads to his friend and tattoo artist to help dull his pain, ironically, with the pain of the tattoo gun. It is at that appointment that his friend mentions he has a masochistic side (something which Jamie was a bit clueless) and recommended Jamie call his friend who is a Master Dom at a club, Blasphemy, to see if it is actually something Jamie would want to explore. Alex is the Master Dom chosen to show Jamie around.
Alex is in a bit of a rut himself, but he is not looking to take on a newbie not only to the scene but to male relationships as well. Even though they seem to hit it off, it isn’t until Alex pushes Jamie to find someone else in the club to explore with that Alex realizes he needs to be that person.
I loved Jamie. He was so open to everything, eager to explore whatever he could in the short amount of time he had. He was given a two-week pass to the club, but a week-long holiday visit limited him to just the one week, and he was not going to waste a minute of that opportunity. He quickly realized what he was missing, that he was truly a masochist and that Alex was exactly the person who made that all work for him. The scenes were interesting and fun, and while I’m not a huge fan of S/M, this was not just pain for pain’s sake, which I really enjoyed.
Jamie goes through a lot in this short story. He realizes a lot about himself, BDSM aside, there is the bisexual aspect, that he is definitely attracted to both men and women, coming out to his parents, a misunderstanding between him and Alex that almost ends things for them, and truly finding himself and a happiness he didn’t think was within his grasp.
The biggest niggle I had about this book was that it ends much too quickly. It felt like there was definitely more story to tell, and it ends at around 85% making it quite a bit shorter than expected. But, what we got was really good, and I’m really hoping Ms. Kaye continues to write more M/M pairings because she did a great job with this one.