Title : Roughing It
Author : Holden Wells
Publisher : Hela Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, BDSM/kink
Length : 38,250 words (e-book)
Published : September 3, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Scott Thompson, guitarist for multi-platinum-selling metal band Flesh Hook, has always been addicted to the adrenaline rush: drag racing, motocross, big game hunts in the African floodplains. He’s broken bones, nearly died of exposure, and seared half his leg in a wreck. Nearing forty, he’s finding it harder to feed the thrill. Enter The Company, an organization specializing in custom adventure rides—the kind where you sign a waiver absolving them of everything short of death before you get on.
Company redneck Johnny Lee loves his job, and he’s damned good at it. He’s run rides for politicians, celebrities, CEOs and trust-fund kids and never broken character or had a complaint. He expects the Thompson ride to be more of the same—another rock star, this one so full of himself he’s signed up for 48 hours, an unprecedented amount of time on the Deliverance set. Rock stars break easily, though, especially the full-of-themselves kind.
Everyone breaks more easily than they expect.
Even Johnny Lee.
Scott Thompson is bored. He likes to live as far on the edge as is humanly possible. He hires a company that specializes in fantasy “rides.” Basically, Scott signs himself up to be kidnapped and tortured for a whole weekend. He goes for the “Deliverance” experience. A back country adventure complete with violent raping hillbillies. It starts with Scott rafting down a river. He thought he’d be able to lead the guys on a wild chase. Nope. Scott was nabbed by a team of three men and taken to a house in the woods. The ringleader is a man named Johnny Lee. Scott quickly feels an attraction to Johnny Lee. It doesn’t take very long for Johnny Lee to feel an attraction for Scott. Scott repeatedly tries to escape. This pisses off the other two guys holding Scott hostage. He manages to injure himself and get beaten for his troubles. Johnny Lee’s interest in Scott is noticed and not welcome. After enduring a weekend of imprisonment, painful yet not debilitating “torture,” and many mock sexual assaults Scott is left at a medical facility. He thinks it’s over til he gets a surprise ride to the airport from the last person he ever expected to see again.
Right off the bat I would warn away anyone who has a serious problem reading about rape. Legally, Scott consented to everything that happened to him over the course of his weekend ride. In reality, he was repeatedly raped. Sort of. Scott was at all times able to stop the ride and get off by speaking a specific set of words. He never did. That was to me the least interesting thing about the book. It was an interesting variation of a captor and hostage romance. I also kept wondering if maybe Johnny Lee’s apparent interest in Scott was part of the ride. Just how much was staged to keep Scott mentally off balance? Okay, so I really liked the premise, but the execution left a bit to be desired. Grammar and spelling count with a lot of readers. I wasn’t so immersed in the story I didn’t notice errors. And in terms of the story itself I would have liked a touch more alone time with Scott and Johnny Lee, although I can appreciate the concept the two of them not having that alone time was part of the torture. Regardless of the problems I had with some aspects of the book it is definitely a worthwhile read.
Rated 4 stars by Faye