On His Knees by Laura Kaye
LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Jamie Fielding has spent his whole life struggling to connect with the women he’s dated and after another failed relationship he’s tired of it all. When Jamie’s tattoo artist makes an offhand comment about Jamie being a masochist he finally realizes what’s missing. Not only that, but Jamie also discovers an attraction for men that he’s never really known he had. So getting an opportunity to try out the exclusive BDSM club, Blasphemy, is Jamie’s chance to really see what he can take. I was certainly intrigued by the premise of On His Knees and I enjoyed going on Jamie’s journey of self discovery. Once he begins to put the puzzle pieces together, Jamie quickly accepts his bisexuality and dives straight into the deep end of BDSM.
Jamie wastes no time in catching the eye of Master Alex, a sadist with an intimidating reputation around the club. Jamie is clearly a decisive person and he’s eager to learn about BDSM and everything it has to offer. One thing I loved in this book that I’ve seen in the previous books in the series is the exploration of porn and online research. I love the acceptance that porn is healthy and a good way to figure out what you like in a safe environment as well as the realism of researching BDSM. After all it’s the 21st century and there is no reason a character should blindly stumble into BDSM when Google is only a few clicks away.
Alex was a harder hero to connect with and I liked Jamie’s easy going nature more. A recent encounter with a submissive who wasn’t into pain as much as she believed has rattled Alex and made him cautious of newbies to the scene. He agrees to give Jamie a tour of Blasphemy but he’s not happy about his immediate attraction to the man. While pain and humiliation is not my thing and a few of the sex scenes were a little too aggressive for my personal tastes, I couldn’t deny how great Jamie and Alex fit together. They have a lot in common in and out of the bedroom, however, their decision to do a non-consent role playing scene on their first night doesn’t seem very responsible or safe. Jamie has no experience with BDSM, pain play, or being with a man and Alex has no way of predicting how Jamie might react to any of that. Gradually working up to the more extremes of a sadomasochism scene might have been the better choice.
Of course a misunderstanding throws up obstacles for Jamie and Alex and I loved Jamie’s idea to win back Alex’s trust but I also felt like Alex overreacted to begin with and should have given Jamie a chance to explain himself. As a bonus, there’s a small scene with Jeremy and Charlie from the Hard Ink series and I loved that!
ARC provided by author for honest review
4 out of 5 stars
Consensual non-consent role play
Main Characters with pain and humiliation kink
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…
Published by Laura Kaye on February 13, 2018
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