Painting Fire on the Air
Title : Painting Fire on the Air
Series : Survivor Stories, Book #2
Author : J.P. Barnaby
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, BDSM/kink
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : September 27, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
From her perch on a shelf above my bed, the doll accuses me with lifeless eyes of failing Juliette in the most heinous way imaginable, forcing me to crave the bite of his whip and the steel in his voice to drown out the ache in my chest.
For his entire life, Benjamin Martin’s parents drilled into his head that he must watch out for his little sister, but one horrific night, he failed. Now, the bite of a whip, cuffs digging into his wrists, his arms and legs stretched beyond endurance, these things give him what he needs to forget his sister’s violent death, at least for a while.
When Ben’s latest Dom casts him aside like a broken toy, he manipulates his best friend, Jude Archer, into picking up the pieces. Jude has been in love with Ben for years, but his fantasies about his friend never included whipping him. He doesn’t understand why Ben needs BDSM and he worries about Ben’s addiction. Most of all, he fears losing his humanity because he’s already lost himself in Ben. When he’s forced to trade the marks upon his soul for the pain that ravages Ben, Jude learns the real definition of submission.
This was a really hot D/s book but a great love story also. I know I read in the acknowledgment the author had some experience in the lifestyle and I think it came through in the book. I was fascinated with all the details. The explanation of where and why to cause pain for pleasure was pretty damn tantalizing. Almost makes you wonder if you’d like it. Almost. 😉
Ben’s dealing with the guilt of his sister’s murder. He feels very strongly that he should have been there. Helped her somehow. Sometimes the horrors of what she went through play over and over in his head. Doing a scene with his Dom quiets the nightmares for a little while. It also really turns him on. He’s contracted with a very sought after Dom, Kage. Ben keeps getting deeper and deeper into the life, all while keeping it secret from his best friend and roommate, Jude. He can’t imagine coping without Jude in his life. Ben needs him.
Jude is secretly in love with Ben. He has been since that night three years ago when they got drunk and slept together. The awkward weeks after pretty much told Jude that Ben regretted what happened. Not wanting to lose his friend led to him keeping his mouth shut about how he feels about Ben.
One night Ben comes clean to Jude about his sister and the effect her dying had on him. He also comes clean about what he does with Kage. Jude doesn’t understand it. Sees it as Ben wanting to be hurt and punished to appease his guilt. Jude can’t understand how someone would want to be abused in that way.
An accident leaves Ben hospitalized with extensive injuries. Kage terminates their contract since Ben can’t physically take what he wants to dish out. Leaving Ben without the escape Kage has been providing him. Jude wants to be there for Ben. With such strong emotions flowing between them they end up sleeping together again and admitting how they feel for each other. It’s more amazing this time around. Ben is left hoping the truth doesn’t send Jude running from him. Jude has to come to terms with what Ben needs and if he can fill that role in his life.
This book was pretty damn good. I liked the emotion, passion and lust wrapped up in the BDSM theme. It was so well done. This is an excellent book to try if you don’t really get why people love D/s books. I was totally wrapped up in Ben’s pain and Jude’s love and desire for Ben. I even loved Kage despite the gut punch he gave to Ben. I totally get why people found him so hot. Yum! I hope he gets his own book. He just had those moments when you just knew he wanted more than just a sub to play with.
The sex in this book was so hot! During the scenes anticipating the next hit and Ben’s reaction was so sexy. Even with all the amazing sex in this book the most intense part was the connection between Ben and Jude. So beautiful. Really good book. I recommend!
Rated 4 stars by Whit