Title : Cherished
Author : Sara York
Publisher : Wilde City (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, BDSM
Length : 157 pages (e-book)
Published : September 18, 2013
Rating : ★★1/2
Scotty Fuller is a man who demands order. His job as a librarian gives him the solace he needs, and a BDSM club provides him with the kind of entertainment he craves. That is until a cute young college student threatens to unglue his carefully pieced-together life and rip open old wounds.
Wesley Reese is a shy college student with a problem: he’s crushing on the librarian. On a dare he asks the handsome older man on a date, but dating Scotty requires more from Wesley than he can give. When the bondage restraints come out, Wesley knows he’s in too deep.
Will he change for love? Will he lose himself forever? Or will each man finally be… Cherished?
So much of this book just didn’t work for me. I thought I’d like it based on the blurb but I did not. There was rape. More than once. You could argue there was cheating depending on how you feel about it. I certainly didn’t like it. Then there are the selfish and clueless characters. The OTT bad guy. Basically a long list of things I don’t like, so keep that in mind while reading this review.
Scotty Fuller is a librarian and a control freak. He enjoys his orderly job and the escape books give him in his day-to-day life. At night he visits a club to find subs to dominate. Scotty isn’t interested in his sub’s feelings beyond being a good Dom. Although, he continually does things he shouldn’t when it comes to Wesley. Wesley is the too young college student who has been hanging out too often to be a coincidence. Wesley finally gets the nerve to ask Scotty out. There’s something about Wesley beyond his beauty that calls to Scotty. He agrees to a date with Wesley and gives him very specific instructions on what to wear but doesn’t tell him he’s taking him to a BDSM club. I had an issue with this. I’m not going to pretend like I know any more than what I read in books about that life style BUT I’m pretty sure you don’t just spring that kind of place on a guy for a first date. Wesley is understandably freaked out by some of the things he sees in the club. Then Scotty ignores him and Aaron, the over sized sexual predator swoops in to molest him. Nothing happens at this point but I’m pretty sure that type of thing is frowned upon. More than just asking the guy trying to force himself on another guy to leave for the night. Aaron and Scotty have history. Aaron stole Scotty’s sub because Scotty wasn’t giving him what he needed. This leaves Scotty with some issues. After Scotty and Wesley leave the club things settle down. It’s not nearly as bad when it’s just them. Wesley likes to submit to Scotty. Their relationship escalates to more than just sex. Scotty gets this strong urge to do a scene to prove something to himself and saves yet another guy, Kevin, from Aaron’s advances. Then sees the need to be dominated in Kevin. He does a scene with him but doesn’t have sex with him. This is the grey area for cheating. Scotty doesn’t tell Wesley about the scene with the stranger. He does go have really rough sex with him right after. Of course Wesley loves it. Things continue on. They even go on a date.
Somewhere in there we’re introduced to Wesley’s roommate Dustin. Dustin has a friend Ryan who tells Dustin that his new man can get them into some exclusive club. He invites Wesley who declines. Enter Aaron the creep again. He’s who Ryan has been seeing. Instead of going to the club they end up at a house. Aaron tells Dustin to screw Ryan. He’s never done anything with his friend but does it anyway. When they finish Aaron screws Dustin. This skirted that dubious consent line for me. THEN he beats and rapes Dustin twice! Let’s him go the next morning but Dustin tells himself since he enjoyed it the first time he can’t really consider it rape the other two times. WHAT??? So many things wrong with this but I’m just going to keep going. Dustin tells no one. He even lies about his black eye to Wesley.
There’s a small fire in Wesley’s home which scares everyone. Scotty decides he does care for Wesley but Wesley freaks out. Says he needs some alone time. While hiding out in his room, he hears a thump. Goes to the front room to see Dustin being raped by Aaron. Dustin is knocked out when he tries to keep Aaron from going after Wesley. Aaron goes after Wesley. The fear Wesley feels is probably one of the best written scenes in the book but at this point I’m so disgusted who cares. The police capture Aaron but he’s released on bail (whatever!) Scotty decides that what Wesley needs right now is control. So he talks Wesley into Dominating him. Again, no expert, but do Dom’s flip-flop like that? I’m sure there’s probably some that do. Scotty wanted it.
Then the book just kind of ends. Nothing felt resolved. Aaron the HIV positive rapist is still on the loose. No idea how Dustin is coping. I was just so disappointed in this book. I thought the shame and pride that went on in the club was kind of interesting but it wasn’t ever explored. Most of the sex between Wesley and Scotty was hot. Wesley was pretty adorable. I just can’t help but think this is one of those books where rape or a sexual predator just over shadows everything. It felt sensationalized in this book and I find that so disturbing. I would have preferred the focus to be on the couple and finding how the BDSM lifestyle fit them. The bad guy was so OTT the top he was ridiculous. A more cold and calculating baddie would have had more of an effect on me. Nope. I do not recommend this book obviously. 😛
Rated 2.5 stars by Whit