Someone to Keep Me
Title : Someone to Keep Me
Series : Collars and Cuffs, Book #3
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, BDSM, kink
Length : 246 pages (e-book)
Published : January 10, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
Collars and Cuffs: Book Three
Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.
Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.
Someone to Keep Me is the third installment in the Collars and Cuffs series, this title being a joint project of K.C. Wells and Parker Williams. Each book introduces us to two main characters with an array of supporting characters. One of the things that I enjoy about these books is we get to revisit characters from the previous books, so the story builds on itself. Until now, all of the characters and scenes have been set in Manchester England. Someone to Keep Me brings us a new protagonist from the United States.
Scott Keating is alone, with no money, no bags, sitting in an airport waiting for the man who promised to take care of him. He has been waiting for hours and is starting to wonder what he has gotten himself into. Scott is a very naïve young man from a small town in Pennsylvania. He has led a very sheltered life with his controlling parents. Having been home-schooled and kept him apart from others, he is lonely. When his parents buy him a kindle for his school textbooks, they unknowingly open a window into the world when Scott discovers he can tap internet access from the nearby coffee shop. Here he talks to others his age, gay like himself, and ends up meeting Jeff in a chat room. After conversing for a few months, Jeff asks Scott to join him in the UK. Scott feels he can trust Jeff and when Jeff expresses his love to Scott, he decides to take him up on his offer. Unfortunately, Scott’s parents make other plans for him on the night he is to leave for Manchester and Scott has never been one to stand up to his parents. In a moment of spontaneity, Scott has the driver take him to the airport and he leaves with nothing more than his passport and the clothes on his back. Scott just wants someone to love and take care of him and, thinking he will have Jeff waiting for him, he does not worry beyond that.
Ben Winters is leaving the airport after dropping his sister off at the airport when he notices a young man sitting alone on a bench, looking rather distressed. When he asks the young man if anything is wrong he denies it, but it is obvious this is not the truth. Ben is a bartender for Collar’s and Cuff’s, a BDSM club. He is a Dom in training, although his training ended early in the last book. Ben learns what has happened to bring Scott to Manchester and is concerned that this Jeff is not who he says he is and links back to events that occurred in the last book. He contacts his boss Leo for help. Ben still has the Dom instincts but in this book, with all of the responsibilities he has outside his job, he comes across as indecisive. I was upset with him often for taking care of Scott, then pushing him away. Scott is incredibly naïve and knows nothing about the BDSM lifestyle, until he goes to the club with Ben to meet with Leo and Thomas and talks to Leo’s sub, Alex. He then realizes this is what he wants, what he has been longing for.
I love this series. Leo and Alex from An Unlocked Heart (Collars and Cuffs #1) and Thomas and Peter from Trusting Thomas, (Collars & Cuffs#2) are some of my favorite couples. Both have strong Doms and their subs are their perfect matches. I had a harder time relating to Ben and Scott because of Ben’s reactions and decisions. Ben kept hurting Scott emotionally and allowing him to be in situations that could be either dangerous or emotionally damaging. I understood the reasons why and I was happy to see things resolved as the book progressed. I was completely on board when Leo told Ben he was stupid. It was fun reading about the way Scott and Ben joked with one another about their use of the “English” language. I also enjoyed having the characters from the previous two books have an active role in this story. Although it was not personally my favorite, I am looking forward to the next installment in the series as these two authors continue their collaboration.
Rated 4 stars by Deb