Book Reviews

Oliver's Leather Adventure by Serena Yates at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 23-September-2012

Book Blurb

Blake owns a leather shop, and supplies his best friend's club Whip with anything its members need for their play. He isn’t into the leather scene himself, though. One day a clearly intimidated young man walks in under the 'supervision' of a physically stronger muscleman. Oliver, an extremely cute hottie, is looking for tight leather pants, but without conviction. When the muscleman turns abusive, Blake becomes suspicious. And develops a plan to rescue Oliver…

Part of the 2012 Torquere Charity Blitz, sponsored by Rainbow eBooks. All authors' royalties (matched by Torquere) will be donated to NO8H, whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.


Book Review

Serena Yates has cleverly written “Oliver’s Leather Adventure” in two chapters. In the first she tells the story from the point of view of Blake. For the last five years he has owned a store called All Things Leather catering to the Rochester gay leather community, although he doesn’t consider himself a member of it.

Into his store one day walks 21-year-old Oliver, who is instantly “cute” in Blake’s eyes. Oliver tells Blake he needs “a pair of really tight leather pants.” Oliver is with Rob, a much bigger man in full leather regalia. Rob is also what this story is about. He’s a bully, nasty to Blake from the start and dictatorial to Oliver throughout their visit to the store.

Blake determines that Rob, a “master,” is taking Oliver to a party as his sub or “slave,” since Oliver will wear the “really tight leather pants” and nothing more. Blake can also see that Oliver is naive regarding the gay leather subculture and not at all certain he’s made the correct decision about Rob and the party. Blake concludes he has to intervene somehow.

Yates tells the second chapter of the story from the point of view of Oliver. It turns out that his older brother is in a leather group that Oliver had “wanted to be part of…, one of the guys, for so long that he’d do anything to be accepted.” He’d therefore taken up the dare of his brother’s friends that he go to the party with Rob and agree to be his to do with as he pleased for the night.

Arriving at the party with Rob, Oliver realizes he’s made a mistake. He neither wants to keep his agreement with the bully he’s with nor be anybody’s sub. He’d rather have a friend who was his equal. He’d Googled the kind and gentle man who’d waited on him in the leather store. Blake is just as tall and hefty as Rob but far more attractive.

This well-told story has everything for me: a conflict in an exotic setting involving a serious and timely issue, and a wonderfully beautiful and believable resolution. I ordinarily wouldn’t write such a lengthy review of a short story, but “Oliver’s Leather Adventure” deserves all of my words of praise and more.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 17 pages/4100 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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