Lock and Key
by Z. Allora
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A somewhat straightforward BDSM romance. Sort of May-December in that one of the main protagonists is 18 when the novel starts but 21 by the time the relationship actually starts.
18 year old Zack Davis knew the minute he met 26 year old Andrew (Drew) Nikeman that he wanting nothing more than to belong to the older man. The problem was that Zack's older brother Dusty was dating Drew's younger brother, Justin, which made it kind of weird. But as the friendship between the two men grew, so did Zack's feelings for Drew, until one day he made a play for the older man.... and was rejected.
Reeling from the devastation of being turned down for 'being too young' and 'family', Zack went to a low scale BDSM club to get what he truly needed from Drew but was denied - to say the encounter went badly was an understatement. Drew's rejection and the one bad encounter he had with subbing made Zack turn to being a Dominant. If he couldn't get what he truly needed and craved he'd make sure other submissives got what he'd been denied - a truly attentive Dom who looked out for their best interest, took care of them and gave them what they needed.
But denying his true nature was slowly destroying Zack inside. He hadn't been truly intimate with anyone since that fateful night 2 years ago. His soul still cried out for Andrew - as he forced himself to call the man he desperately craved to call Master. No longer Drew, Andrew was someone he had no choice but to associate with because of their brothers' relationship and because Sir Andrew belonged to the same exclusive BDSM club that Zack did.
Zack grew more into himself, avoided family get togethers when he could and made himself scared when he couldn't, all to protect his shattered heart.
Except Andrew finally realized he'd made a monumental mistake turning Zack down, that he craved and needed Zack as much as Zack had needed Drew. But was it too late? Had he denied the both of them a happy ever after because of his excuses that he was protecting his little brother's relationship?
A chance contest at their club, a night where a few Doms put themselves on the charity auction block to become subs for a weekend gave Drew the opportunity to show Zack that the younger man belonged with him - kneeling at Drew's feet as his submissive. But was it too little too late?
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