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Valentine’s Day Read: Secret Service: My Secret Valentine By Kim Dare

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What’s more important, their love for each other or their differing attitudes to kinky sex?

Alistair has made it very clear he isn’t into anything even vaguely kinky.

Sheridan knew he was in love with him the day he found that out, and then decided to stay with him anyway. Unable to ease his desire to serve at home, Sheridan volunteers at a club where he can secretly serve the patrons, and feed his submission, without upsetting Alistair by revealing that side of his personality to him.

When chance drags Alistair into that same club on Valentines weekend, Sheridan’s leather mask can’t keep his secret safe any longer. With his desire to serve out in the open, it’s not long before other secrets start to come out and they both have to make a choice.

Does Sheridan give up on ever being allowed to submit to the man he loves, or does Alistair take the risk of becoming the master his love has always wanted?

The story introduces Sheridan and Alistair as an established couple. Because of commitments they are apart on Valentine’s Day. Whilst reading the story I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t seem to be the romantic BDSM I was hoping for, but by the end I understood that it really was. It is more about truly knowing and accepting your partner which in the end brings them closer together. Alistair is upset when he sees by chance sees Sheridan behaving subserviently in a club.
Alistair gives Sheridan one night, a night he tests Sheridan’s idea of submission. He expects that Sheridan will see it’s not what he really wants. Alistair had already decided Sheridan was too good to be sullied by being involved in the lifestyle. The story gives a clear indication that something has happened in Alistair’s past experience, as a Dom, to turn him away from the lifestyle. Such was his experience that he now views submission as degrading and he doesn’t want to see Sheridan that light. For his part Sheridan kept his submissive side hidden because he knew Alistair didn’t like the idea of it. These two men have both suppressed parts of their desire, Alistair because he didn’t like that side of himself and Sheridan to please Alistair. One Valentine’s night is all it takes for them to be honest and start the rest of their lives together. This is a well rounded glimpse into an important moment between a couple.

3 of stars out of 5


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