Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ARC Review: Light a Candle by VJ Summers


Blurb:
Will broke Dusty’s heart their senior year. One unexpected moment of passion between them, and Will freaked out. Not only wasn’t he gay, but he wasn’t kinky either—or so he insisted to Dusty. Their long friendship ended, and Dusty was left with only bittersweet memories of their last movie night together.

Ten years later, out as gay and a Dom, Will auditions for membership at Club Deviant, only to find that he’s been assigned an all-too-familiar submissive. His scene with Dustin feels like fate, and he’s determined to get back what they once had—and more.

Dustin had buried the pain of rejection deep, but playing with Will conjures all his memories of that one electric moment they shared and the friendship it destroyed. He’s built walls around his heart high enough to keep out the Trojan Army, but together, he and Will may find the courage to move beyond their past and face their future together.


Dani's rating:





Please note: my review refers to the revised second edition of this book.

This is my first Violet Summers book, and I quite enjoyed it. The writing is tight and flows well.

I like friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers stories, and Light a Candle is a combination of both.

Dustin and Will were childhood friends and continued to casually hang out in high school until an electrifying moment in the weight room had Will running for the hills.

Hurt and feeling betrayed, Dustin swore he'd never lose his heart again, a vow he kept for a decade.

Ten years later, Will is a patient, talented Dom, but there's only one man, one sub, Will craves: Dustin.

Dustin accepts Will's apology but resists his charms. Will is persistent though and determined to make Dustin his.

The sexual tension in this story is high. There is some beautiful wax play and a very passionate scene at the end that will make your brain explode.

The alternating POV worked very well in this story. Dustin is stubborn and scared, but Will is willing to work to break down Dustin's barriers.



I would have liked to see the men interact outside the BDSM club to which they both belong. Their life happens in a vacuum at the club. We know Will is a lawyer and Dustin a graphic designer, but we know nothing else about them. They interact only at the club, and their exchanges are only about power, pain, and pleasure. That's not real life.

I also could have done without the long descriptions of the men performing scenes with other Doms/subs. This was done to ramp up the jealousy factor, but I wanted more focus on the two MCs and a longer ending.

The ending is a strong HFN, but this story needs an epilogue.




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