5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level BDSM Book Bullying Closeted Contemporary DA Dreamspinner Finding Family Friends to lovers Gay Gay Handyman Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mid level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Reconcilliation Scorching/high heat

An Unlocked Mind by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

Dreamspinner Presents

Sercrets: Book Two
Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.

The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go…

The main thrust of the story revolves around Rob and how with the help of Vic he feels able to turn his life around. To fully understand the extent of the issues between Rob and his brother Alex would I recommend reading book 1 of the collars and cuffs series, An Unlocked Heart. However, I think there is enough information in this story to get an idea of what happened. The history and circumstances of bad blood between the brothers is very well explained.
At the start of the book Rob is not a likeable character. He is an angry man that thinks life is out to get him. He’s in a spiral of self hate which comes across as a very short temper and aggressive behaviour. There were times however that his insecurity comes across and I felt sympathy for him. Meeting Vic was the best thing that could’ve happened to him. Vic was able to see past Rob’s walls and defensive behaviour to what is underneath. I really liked this gentle friends to lovers story with the Dom/Sub element. As it progressed I got more absorbed in the evolving relationship between Vic and Rob and how Rob mends bridges with his brother. If you are unsure about BDSM I would recommend this book as it is a gentle and caring relationship.

5 of stars out of 5


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