Kilmer and Jacko’s relationship has been foundering for a long time. With the end in sight and despairing that he might never find a Dom who suits him, Kilmer heads to a local bar to drown his sorrows—and meets country singer Tanner.
Tanner feels oddly protective of the broken man and eventually convinces Kilmer to hire him to help remodel the small, sad house Kilmer once shared with Jacko. As Tanner and Kilmer get to know each other, Kilmer regains his lost independence and Tanner’s dominant streak rises to the surface. But will it be a help or a hindrance to the trust they’re trying to build?
The answer might lie in the music Kilmer gave up not long after he met Jacko. Music always granted him solace, clarity, and an outlet for his emotions, and with Tanner’s encouragement, he picks up where he left off. Playing together eases them into honest communication, and though a happily ever after will still take patience and work, taking a chance on each other sounds sweeter with every note
Review by Mary
This is book three of the Off Stage series and in my view can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first two books before starting this one. There is enough of the backstory provided that I didn’t feel I was missing anything. Having said that I will go back and read the others because I liked this one so much.
Kilmer and Jacko’s relationship ends at the start of the story and good riddance I say Jacko is self-centred and doesn’t look after Kilmer at all. My heart goes out to Kilmer. He has got away from the bad relationship but there are still echoes of Jacko around and he is adrift. Vance (Kilmer’s friend, boss and former lover) tries to help but it’s not what he needs. Is Tanner who he needs or is it just rebound? A way to claim a freedom he doesn’t really want. Kilmer is lost without a Dom but he can’t cope with the type of controlling relationship he had with Jacko. Tanner helps Kilmer go back to find himself, not a someone’s boy or pet but who he is. The push and pull of the relationship is terrific. Both are carrying baggage and whilst Kilmer’s is the main driver of the story Tanner’s has a big part to play as well. The BDSM is fairly minimal. There is one scene at the beginning and a few very light scenes but the story is mainly about the nature of the D/S relationships. Where Kilmer and Tanner do get together it is so hot and intimate. Great happy ever after ending not only for Kilmer and Tanner but also Len from the first book and Trevor from the second book. Rounds the series off nicely.
5 of 5 stars!
Review by Beth
What a great story! Jamie Simms has brought to life both the BDSM lifestyle and the healing from misplaced affections. She has shown us that people do not always do what you think they will and this has given us a great story with many thoughtful and touching scenes.
The start of the story leads us through both the trust and the need for contact that Kilmer has with Jacko. We totally see where Kilmer’s headspace is throughout the scene. We also see that there are definitely problems with the couple and as the story is told come to understand this has been going on for a long time.
The story shows that so much of a BDSM relationship is the mental spaces than it is the physical acts. We also see the interaction of all the key characters on individual scenes (not BDSM) with Kilmer that show him that everything is not just black and white.
I also liked that this story took time to develop and happen. I liked how the time line played out, it showed both the evolution of the different relationships as well the growth and healing that needed to take place before a new relationship could solidify.
Definitely can rate this a 4.5 stars!
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