My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Leta Blake is a master at writing kink. Especially the kind of kink that comes along with giving up trust and losing control.
Here it’s Aaron, an uptight teacher who is wound so tight he’s almost at breaking point, and RJ, a former student only four years younger than him who has the key to his surrender.
The Dom/sub element here is mostly confined to smacking and impact play, but it absolutely works to demonstrate the trust that Aaron gives RJ when he finally admits that he needs someone to remove all his responsibilities and just make him feel.
I loved this Christmas-based romance, it’s set in the same universe as Leta’s Mr Frosty Pants, but you don’t need to read that one first, although Casey and Joel do make a couple of small appearances and they’re still happy.
There’s a bit of family-related drama to raise tensions and I’ll just say Aaron’s mother is the kind of person who really shouldn’t have ever become one.
But I loved his dad and their crazy extended family, as well as RJ’s mum and step-dad and adorable half-siblings. The drama with his step-brother also worked well I think and helped to show the difference having family support can have.
Spicey hot and surprisingly tender, it’s a lovely festive read.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.