Book Reviews

Tempering Cross by Jaya Christopher at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-April-2014

Book Blurb

Six years ago, Zed Warren ran away from the power games he'd endured at the hands of his young security client, Aarin Cross, and back to the familiarity of life in a war zone. Fighting in a war was better than facing the demons he wrestled about his submissive nature. But Zed's on US soil again. The bullet in his back means he can't run away anymore... and Cross is determined to pick up where they left off.



Story also appears in the Spinning the Top Anthology.

 

Book Review

This is an excellent story to illustrate what can happen when Doms and subs do not communicate. It also shows how the man in the perceived weaker position can misread the signals, draw the only conclusion he can, and make life impossible for both of them. What happens between Cross and Zed six years before they get their second chance is nothing short of tragic – and all because the eighteen-year-old Cross has no clue how to take Zed’s emotions into account.

Cross is an inexperienced Dom on his eighteenth birthday, and he may know what he wants and as a billionaire is used to getting it, but he has no idea how to deal with human emotions. He doesn’t even take them into account when he makes his move, attempting to make Zed his. As a consequence, Zed runs and I imagine the next few years are very hard on Cross. In a way, that serves him right, but equally, he was very young and maybe deserves to be cut some slack. Six years later, he is a true force to be reckoned with, and what he does to try to do right by Zed, even after all this time, touched me deeply.

Zed does the only thing he can when Cross humiliates him into begging for what he promised himself he can never have – he runs. He is too much a professional to do anything else, but even more importantly, his pride won’t allow him to become Cross’s plaything. Little does he know that isn’t at all what Cross wants, but without any hints or any communication from Cross, what is he supposed to think? The fear of loss of control is, to a hardened ex-soldier and excellent security specialist, a true threat. Six years later, though he has still not forgotten Cross, and it takes very little to reignite the feelings Zed never admitted having for is young charge.

If you like stories that will make you roll your eyes at the stupidity of one main character, and the impulsiveness of the other, if you enjoy reading about reunions that aren’t entirely easy, and if you’re looking for a read that offers a roller coaster of an emotional ride, then you will probably like this short story.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 26 pages/7500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-March-2014
Price
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