Monday, September 14, 2015

ARC Review: Submitting to the Darkness (Island Tales 3) by K.C. Wells

How can you lose one dream and still find another?

Three weeks after being diagnosed with acute glaucoma, Adam Kent lost his vision. Two months down the line, and he’s left behind his life in London as an author of political history books and retreated to the Isle of Wight, to live in the house he inherited in Steephill Cove. But that’s not all Adam’s left behind him: the trappings of his life as a Dom are packed away into three boxes and stored in his attic. After all, he’s never going to need them again, right? Who’d want a blind Dom anyway?

Paul Vaughan is employed to be a live-in companion to Adam, but his new employer makes it very clear he wants to be left alone. Paul can see Adam is hurting and struggles to help him, even though Adam resists him at every turn. Thankfully, Paul’s friends Taylor, Mark and Sam are there to lend an ear when he needs to vent – and also to try setting him up with a guy or two. It’s not that Paul doesn’t appreciate their efforts, but the guys they keep sending his way are way too… nice. A chance visit to a club had already shown Paul a side to him he’d never expected: maybe his tastes are a little kinkier.

Two events occur to rock Paul’s life: he discovers his boss isn’t as straight as Paul had thought, and he takes a peek into a box ...

Dani's rating:

This book is so my cuppa: hurt/comfort, age gap, light kink with D/s overtones, friendship, steam in spades, and the sweetest HEA.

I love books with imperfect MCs, and Adam Kent is definitely one. At 40, Adam, a best-selling author of political books and a Dom, has to readjust to living without his sight. Once vibrant and independent, Adam has become a near recluse, angry at the world, hiding behind dark glasses.

Adam does not want a caretaker. He resents the implication that he can't take care of himself. But Paul, who's 23 and a physiotherapist, won't be deterred. Paul is lighthearted, kind, and steady; he's determined to help Adam, and he doesn't put up with Adam's bullshit.

Adam and Paul dance around each other. Adam lashes out, and Paul fights back, gentle but firm.

The passion simmers beneath the surface ... until it combusts.

Damn but K.C. knows how to write a sex scene. The kink in this one is just right. Adam and Paul are insanely hot together, at once dirty and tender, rough and sweet.

I loved that Paul took care of Adam while giving Adam tools to manage on his own. It was beautiful to watch Adam start living again. Adam just blossoms with Paul around.

There is minor drama with Adam's sister and horrid nephew. When Paul stands up for Adam and gets all fierce, I just melted.

I liked seeing the MCs from the first two books again. We revisit with Mark and Sam, as well as Taylor and David, but this book CAN be read as a standalone.

I love this series. Every time I read one of the Island Tales books, I want to move to the Isle of Wight.

This is such an enjoyable, romantic story. I was so happy that it was a full-length novel and not a novella. I could not get enough of these men!

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~R.D. Cumming

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