Book Reviews

Fix This, Sir (Tales from Rainbow Alley 3) by Jaime Samms at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-April-2011

Book Blurb

It's always easier to run and hide than to face your problems. So what happens when you get your legs cut out from under you and running is impossible?

Jimmy's been hiding from his troubled past for a long time—in drugs, drink and dangerous sex. It's always been easy to find oblivion in the restraints of men who don't really care who he is or where he's come from. When tragedy puts him in a wheelchair and forces him to fix his legs—and his life—he's not so sure he has it in him to even try. Belligerence is the only weapon he has left.

Cliff is a physiotherapist with a big heart...and a dominant streak a mile wide. The instant Jimmy Phillips rolls into his clinic, he sees a submissive headed straight for self-destruction and every protective instinct kicks in. Ignoring the dangers of getting intimately involved with a client, Cliff takes Jimmy under his wing and pries under the broken man's guard. Getting behind the anger is a challenge the Dom in him just can't ignore.

What he finds is so much more than he bargained for. Now that he's reopened all of Jimmy's old wounds, he's not so sure he has what it takes to help his new submissive heal. All the control Cliff can muster can't hold Jimmy's crumbling world together, and now Cliff faces not just the loss of a sub, but his own fears that he was never worthy of Jimmy in the first place.


Book Review

This is a great book. I found it exhausting to read, an amazing roller coaster of emotions. The story had me spellbound, making me feel everything the characters were feeling, but it was extremely rewarding in the end. In many ways I thought it was even darker than the second book in the series, with which I had a real (purely personal) problem; but because this volume deals exclusively with the aftermath of violence, rather than the violence itself, I was able to focus on the psychology of the characters' development and growth. And, boy, did they both have a lot to learn and grow.

Jimmy has been in trouble his whole life, but being in a wheelchair brings it all to a head. Suddenly, he can't run from his problems any more - they have become physical, and very visible. In a way the fact that he is in a wheelchair, struggling to learn to walk again, is just a symbol of his real issues. He is forced to face his life's choices, not something any of us would find easy. His progress is slow, his feelings extremely believable, and the courage he shows when standing up to himself, and his potential future Dom, is totally inspiring.

Cliff, as a psychotherapist and as a Dom, is challenged to the very limit of his abilities. I had fewer fears about Jimmy giving up than I had thoughts about Cliff not being able to make it. Sticking with someone like Jimmy, drug dependency and all, is not an easy thing to do. Cliff's struggle was heart wrenching, utterly real, and had me on the edge of my seat as I was reading the book.

Overall, I think this is a brilliant examination of the psychology of dependency, with the D/s aspect really only a part of the picture. It adds to the complexity of the tale, which I found made it all the more interesting. If you like your stories to have some depth, are interested in understanding how someone with a temporary physical disability learns to cope, and want to see how drug dependency can mess up all of that, you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 242 pages/90941 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-April-2011
Price $6.50 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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