Title : Trusting Thomas
Series : Collars and Cuffs, Book #2
Author : K.C. Wells
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, BDSM, kink
Length : 282 pages (e-book)
Published : October 7, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
Collars and Cuffs: Book Two
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.
Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?
Trusting Thomas is the second book in the Collars and Cuffs series by K.C. Wells. I loved the first book and I am so happy I was able to read and review this one. Thomas Williams and his business partner and friend, Leo Hart are co- owners of a BDSM club, Collars and Cuffs. They have been friends for many years. (We get Leo’s story in An Unlocked Heart, the first book in the series.)
Steven Drummond, a Dom from another club contacts Thomas with concerns that a sub is being mistreated and asks for his help. Once Steven determines that Peter is really in danger, he and his sub David rescue him and take him to Thomas, who agrees to take care of Peter, although reluctantly. Thomas has trained subs and helped match them to Doms but has never had a sub of his own. He admits he has not been very successful at relationships for himself.
Peter Nicholson has basically been a slave to Curtis Rogers for four years. He had gone looking for something he was not quite sure of and fell prey to Curtis. The treatment he endures is brutal and heartbreaking. One would wonder why he would just not leave but as his story unfolds and we see how he was treated and observe the despair and hopelessness he feels, it is easier to understand why. Peter also fears Curtis will come after him because Peter has been witness to his shady business dealings. Peter wants to trust Thomas to help him, but he sees him as just another Dom, and in his experience that only means pain and humiliation.
Thomas realizes this young man is in need of more than just a safe place to stay and with Leo and his sub Alex, they formulate a plan to help with Peters recovery. I really liked how the story brings Alex and Peter together. Their experiences in D/s relationships are so far apart to not even be comparable. Peter cannot believe Alex when he tells him he can say no, there are safe words and that there is love and respect in his relationship with Leo. This is what Peter had been looking for all along.
As Peter progresses in his recovery, we see his trust of Thomas start to grow. Thomas provides a calm, safe environment which is just what Peter needs. When Peter decides he would like to be trained as a submissive, Thomas agrees and they both go into it knowing Thomas will find another Dom for him when his training is complete. I loved watching this relationship develop between them. I thought the age difference between Thomas and Peter was handled well. I could see why Thomas would have reservations but it was one of those relationships where they each really fulfilled what the other needed. I liked the way Thomas took everything at Peter’s pace and worked to find what Peter needed in his healing. There are many scenes in the book that are so beautiful, I would love to mention but it would spoil the experience.
I held my breath waiting for Curtis to re-appear and in some ways I hoped he would so he would get his due. I really enjoyed how Peter found his inner strength and stepped outside his comfort zone during this time. The conversations between Thomas and Leo regarding his feeling for Peter are great and really illustrate their friendship.
I would definitely recommend it as well as the first in the series An Unlocked Heart.