Touch Me Not
Title : Touch Me Not
Author : Genna Donaghy
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal, BDSM/kink
Length : 145 pages (e-book)
Published : September 17, 2013
Rating : ★★★1/2
In an alternate universe, where gender is less important than how dominant a person is, Jake Alric is the odd man out. While other subs spend their days trying to find their one true mate, Jake goes out of his way to avoid dominants. He’s seen the dark side of soul bonds, and all he wants is to be left alone to tend his small Montana cattle ranch in peace.
When an oil company starts buying up land all around town, Jake comes under increasing pressure to sell. A chance encounter brings him into contact with one of his potential mates, Henry Waterstone, son of the man trying to buy Jake’s ranch and a handsome dominant who pushes buttons Jake didn’t know he had. For the first time Jake is tempted by the true pleasure of being a submissive. But as Jake and Henry grow closer, a new player in the oil company rises up and threatens to sever their fragile connection. Suddenly the person Jake was most afraid to find becomes the one he’s most terrified to lose.
Jake Alric really wants to be left alone. He doesn’t want to find his dominant, he wants to tend to his cattle ranch and be left in peace. Too bad for him the oil company is sending dominants to try and force Jake into selling his land. Just maybe one of them will be his potential mate. Subs don’t really have much legal control of anything once they enter a relationship. If the oil company had a dominant that worked for them, they could control Jake’s land. Jake goes to the bar to wallow in his problems. He gets too drunk to drive home and notices a dominant falling down in front of the bar. Almost in the street. Jake goes to help him and gets him a room at the motel across the street. Jake did a good job of allowing no skin contact between the two of them, but they accidentally touch and are potential mates. Jake can’t bring himself to leave and sleeps next to the man, who’s name is Henry, all night. Henry awakes in a strange place and sees his potential mate running out the door. Henry phones in his cousin for help. His wallet and phone had been stolen the previous night and he has no way to track down his mate. His potential mate. Henry has to take care of some business but is finally able to make it out to the ranch of his potential mate. Despite feeling hugely attracted to each other, Jake wants nothing to do with Henry. Especially when he learns he’s Henry Waterstone, of Waterstone Oil.
Jake is a strong sub who needs a strong dominant as a partner. Henry is a strong dominant, but Jake also spent his childhood watching a strong dominant break the will of sub. Jake is afraid all relationships will be as bad as his parents’ was. Henry is willing to woo Jake to get a relationship with him. He spends time with Jake and talks to him as opposed to simply forcing his submission. Henry wants Jake to want him. Amidst the budding relationship between Henry and Jake, the local ranches are still being bought up. The kicker is, Waterstone Oil merely wants the mineral rights and has been leasing them from the owners of the ranches. While investigating the purchases, Henry manages to get himself caught by a very unscrupulous couple with an eerily strong dominant willing to do terrible things. Rescuing Henry and saving the local ranches may be the hardest thing Jake ever has to do.
This book was fun. It’s not the first book I’ve read with the premise we’re all born either dominant or submissive and gender doesn’t matter, but it was very well done nonetheless. I felt the bad guy was suitably creepy. I like that it was a bad couple and the badness of one or both members was left in question. Did a good sub marry a bad dom or vice versa? Or did two bad people hook up and become a bad force to be reckoned with? I also like the secondary characters didn’t have their stories wrapped up in a nice bow. It leaves the possibility of sequels open. I would certainly read them.
Rated 3.5 stars by Faye