Book Reviews

Say Yes by J.R. Gray at Gray Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-August-2017

Book Blurb

James failed. 
He tried to be what they wanted. 
He tried to deny it. 
He tried to be a good Catholic boy…but it’s become too much. 
He craves pain, submission. 
He’s denied himself far too long, and it’s eating him alive.

Charles thrives off the exchange of power. He knows the world revolves around control. It’s given and taken like currency, in business and in pleasure. He won’t get attached, though, or so he tells himself, until James turns his world upside down. He’s defiant and snarky, but Charles can taste the submission on him.

Charles holds the key to his salvation but James has to Say Yes.

First Edition published by OmniLit/All Romance eBooks under the title 'Say Yes (Bound to be Naughty)', 2015.

Book Review

Good Catholic boy, or so he tells himself, meets sophisticated businessman out to take control. On the surface, this sounds like a pretty straightforward plot, except ‘Say Yes’ is anything but clear-cut. James is much more than what a first glance seems to tell the casual onlooker, and Charles is hooked in about two seconds. But James isn’t as easily impressed as Charles is used to, and the resulting attempts at conquest are enjoyable for both parties. Their initial banter and flirting had me smiling, and the introduction to BDSM that followed was pretty hot. But James has more to overcome than not wanting to be gay, and it’s a good thing Charles is as persistent as he is masterful.

James is struggling on a physical front after his mother was extremely cruel and withdrew all financial support when James’s father died during his first year in college. He works hard to earn enough money to support himself and has no time for a personal life. That changes when he meets Charles, a customer in the menswear store where James works. The man is extremely tempting, bringing all of James’s forbidden and hidden desires to the forefront of his mind. James struggles with temptation into what his overly Catholic mother would call not just a life of sin (coveting a man), but a pit of depravity (BDSM is not exactly an official church-approved activity – according to her). But his second problem is one that challenges Charles to the core: rules are not something James likes. In his words: “It comes from being raised with suffocating rules. I don’t do anything I don’t want to do anymore.” And that, for someone interested in BDSM play with a power hungry Dom, is a real obstacle.

Charles loves power. He craves control, and James challenges him on many levels. The physical is only a starting point. What Charles finds at least as attractive is James’s control, snark, and ability to be his own man. At first all Charles wants is the physical aspect; anything more puts him at risk for more emotional pain than he is willing to endure. But as Charles gets to know James better, the physical attraction not only increases but real emotions begin to emerge – not something Charles is used to – or expecting – at all. Attachment used to be excluded from Charles’s vocabulary, but as much as he turns James inside out, James does the same to him.

I loved watching oh-so-controlled Charles come apart as much as I enjoyed James letting go of restrictions and rules that had not been his for years. His belief in what he should and should not do had been directed by external forces (and an unbelievably emotionally abusive mother) for so long that letting go of them was a difficult and sometimes painful task for James. His journey into admitting what he needs was a tough one, but the freedom he feels once he gets there makes it all worth it. Not to mention it was an extremely hot process for him and Charles. It was a privilege to be able to watch the physical and psychological developments both men went through.

If you like watching BDSM virgins find their feet while they drive their Dom almost to distraction, if a powerful Dom used to absolute control and obedient subs being challenged is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is as hot as it is fascinating, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 126 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-July-2017
Price $0.99 ebook
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