Book Reviews

Vanilla Boy (Club Floggers 1) by H.C. Brown at Hawt Books Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 29-June-2013

Book Blurb

When Nash Mage sees an innocent vanilla virgin in Floggers' charity sub auction, it's game on.

NOTE: This book was originally published under the title "Dominate Me" as part of "Floggers' Holiday Sale" at Noble Romance Publishing in December 2010.


Book Review

This is a story about an unhappy Dom looking for the perfect sub. None of the men he interacts with at Club Floggers do it for him, he is bored, and that lets him come up with a lot of cruel scenes for subs who vie for his attention but cannot hold it, no matter what they do. Then, one day, that changes and the story heats up with the steps of discovery he goes through – including a few surprises he had not counted on.

Nash isn’t sure what he’s looking for, but when he sees Paul for the first time he’s suddenly far more interested than he’s been in a very long time. He’s definitely one of those Doms who think that they have a ‘reputation’ to maintain, and he is not a nice man when he is in one of his moods. Still, I liked him more than the usual ‘I’m tough and cold’ type of guy. Maybe it was because, in the end, he was honest with himself and his new sub – while it lasted. The mistake of underestimating the effect his seeming devotion to a previous lover would have on his new sub was almost his undoing, but provides him with a real opportunity for growth.

Paul knows that he is a sub but, without any real experience, he's walking into a potentially dangerous situation. He knows Nash has a reputation for being abusive, so he plays it carefully. I like that he stands up for himself, and that he doesn’t let Nash walk all over him. When push comes to shove he rebels – and makes Nash think about what he's doing.

The developing relationship was interesting to watch – not as cold as a few I’ve seen, but not overly emotional either. It still managed to hold my attention, and I ended up liking the story. If you like D/s stories where both sides explore new-to-them territory, if you enjoy reading about a D/s relationship with just a touch of feeling, and if you're looking for a short, hot read, then you will probably like this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-June-2013
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